David Briggs (Organist)

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David Briggs (born 1 November 1962 in England)[1] is an English organist, composer and university lecturer.


By the age of 17, Briggs had already distinguished himself in organ competitions and received various scholarships. From 1981 to 1984 he studied at King’s College, Cambridge University. At the same time he studied in Paris with Jean Langlais.[2]

After completing his studies, he took up a position as organist at Hereford before being appointed organist and choirmaster at Truro Cathedral in 1989. In 1994 he moved to an equivalent position at Gloucester Cathedral, where he served until 2002.[3]

Since then he has toured internationally on concert tours. In addition, he teaches at Cambridge University, is a regular member of international competition juries, such as in Germany at the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik, and gives masterclasses at various colleges and conservatories in Europe and North America. He is also currently Artist in Residence at St. James Cathedral in Toronto.[2]

Briggs’ work has won many awards. He was the first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Organ Festival, and won first prize at the Paisley International Improvisation Competition.[2]

Works (selection)

Choir and organ

  • Truro Eucharist, 1990
  • The Music Mountain, 1991
  • The Noble Stem of Jesse, 1996r
  • Holy is the True Light, 1997
  • Jubilate Deo, 1998
  • O Thou Who Art Unchangeable, 1999
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, 2000
  • Mass pour Notre-Dame, 2002
  • When in our music God is glorified, 2003
  • Regina Coeli, 2004
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for Jesus College, Cambridge 2008

Choir and orchestra

  • Te Deum Laudamus, 1997
  • Creation, 2000
  • Te Deum Laudamus, 2003
  • St John Passion, 2005


  • Marche Episopale, 1999
  • Transcription of the Improvised Fugue/Toccata on “I Vow To Thee My Country”, 2000
  • Fantasy, 2004
  • Trio Sonata, 2005

Discography (selection)

  • Great European Organs No. 16, Priory Records 1990
  • Choral Evensong from Truro Cathedral, Priory Records 1993
  • The Illusionist’s Art – Cochereau Transcriptions, Priory Records 1994
  • Great Organ Transcriptions, Kevin Mayhew 1995
  • Popular Organ Music Volume 2, Priory Records 1996
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Priory Records 1998
  • Organ Spectacular, Delos 1999
  • Improvisations II, Briggs Label 2000
  • Great European Organs No. 57, Priory Records 2000
  • Sounds Artistic, Lammas 2002
  • Fanfare I, Priory Records 2003
  • Fanfare II, Priory Records 2004
  • Sounds French, Lammas 2004
  • David Briggs Live!, Pro Organo 2006

Web links

Individual references

  1. Briggs at (as of 14 October 2013).
  2. a b c Biography at (as of October 14, 2013).
  3. Time periods taken from the article on Briggs in the English-language Wikipedia (as of 14 October 2013).