Organ recital: David Poulter, 1pm, 10 May 2022

A recital by David Poulter, formerly Director of Music at the cathedrals of Coventry, Chester and Liverpool. Free entry, retiring collection.


Orb and Sceptre (Coronation March 1953) – William Walton (1902 – 1983)

Prelude on ‘Greensleeves’ – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)

Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’ – Vaughan Williams

Pomp and Circumstance, Military March no 1 in D – Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)

Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring – J.S.Bach (1685 – 1750)

Variations and Fugue on ‘God save the Queen’ – Max Reger (1873 – 1916)

David Poulter was born in Kent and educated at The Kings School, Rochester and at the Royal College of Music where he was a Foundation Scholar and Walford Davies prizewinner. He was awarded the coveted Limpus and Frederick Shinn prizes at the Royal College of Organists.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (and a holder of the RCO Choir Training diploma), a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, a Graduate of the Royal schools of Music and an Associate of the Royal College of Music. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians in 2008 in recognition of his ‘great contribution to church music over many years’.

After five years as Assistant Organist at Rochester Cathedral, further study at London University and some years teaching at Cranbrook School in Kent and Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School as Head of Music, David went to Coventry Cathedral in 1990, first as Assistant Organist and ultimately as Director of Music.

David was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Chester Cathedral in April 1997. As well as conducting the choir in many BBC broadcasts and seven choral CD recordings, David was actively involved in the planning and raising of £1.6 million for the building of a new Song School in 2005. Other highlights included two International Church Music Festivals with Sir David Willcocks. During this time he was also a regular conductor of the BBC Daily Service.

From January 2008 to August 2017 David was Director of Music at Liverpool Cathedral. As well as conducting the Cathedral Choir at seven services each week during term time, David took the choir on tours to Poland, Paris, Estonia, New York and Washington; recorded five CDs of choral music with Priory Records and conducted the choir for many BBC TV and Radio broadcasts.

David Poulter has travelled extensively as a recitalist and as a conductor to France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Jamaica and the United States.

Some of David’s solo organ CD recordings, available for purchase (£10) at the recital, include:

Organ Music from Chester – English Cathedral series vol 5, Regent Records 2002

Great European Organs – David Poulter at Liverpool Cathedral Priory Records 2016

Bach from Liverpool Cathedral – David Poulter & Ian Tracey Priory Records 2018