Recital: David Poulter (Royal Hospital School, Holbrook), 1pm, Tuesday 14 January 2020

Distinguished organist David Poulter (Royal Hospital School, Holbrook) makes his first visit to the Moot Hall on Tuesday 14 January. David was until recently the organist at Liverpool Cathedral and is a well known recitalist throughout the UK. Free entry, retiring collection.

FanfareJohn Cook (1918 – 1984)

Fugue in C major Bux 174Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707)

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 535J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

Nimrod (Enigma Variations)Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)

March: Dignity and ImpudencePercy Whitlock (1903 – 1946)

Prelude on the Londonderry Airarr. Noel Rawsthorne (1927 – 2019)

Scherzo SynphoniquePierre Cochreau (1870 – 1937)

DAVID POULTER was born in Kent and educated at The King’s School, Rochester and at The Royal College of Music where he was a Foundation Scholar and Walford Davies prizewinner. He was also 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. He 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 planning and raising £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 period David was also a regular conductor of the BBC Daily Service.

From January 2008 to August 2017 David Poulter 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 of Poland, Paris, Estonia, New York and Washington; recorded five CDs of choral music with Priory Records and conducted the choir in 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. He is currently Organist at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook. Some of David’s solo organ CD recordings are available for purchase following his recital (£10) and include, Great European Organs – David Poulter at Liverpool Cathedral (Priory Recordings 2016) and Bach from Liverpool Cathedral – David Poulter and Ian Tracy (Priory Recordings 2018).