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From 19:30pm to 21:15pm
Admission by programme on the door £10, FOM members £7.50, Children £1. Programme Hymne d’action de grâce: Te Deum- Langlais 1907 1991 Toccata, adagio and fugue in C- Bach 1685 1750 Chorale prelude on Schmücke dich- Bach 1685 1750 Toccata in G minor- Bossi 1861 1925 Sonata no.6 in D minor- Mendelssohn 1809 1847 Prière du Christ montant vers son père- Messiaen 1908 1992 Final, symphonie VI- Widor 1844 1937
Having begun musical studies at an early age, David Flood held his first parish church organist post at 16, whilst at school in Guildford, and has been deeply involved with church music ever since. He became Organ Scholar of St John's College, Oxford and spent a further postgraduate year at Clare College, Cambridge. He has studied with Gillian Weir and Jean Langlais.
In 1978 he was appointed Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, a post he held for eight years. During this time he was involved in many national and international occasions, such the enthronement of Archbishop Runcie and the visit of Pope John Paul II. He has made several recordings and has appeared on radio and television as well as performances in Cathedrals, churches and concert halls. He has given organ recitals in France, Germany, Holland and many cities in the USA.
In 1986 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lincoln Cathedral and in 1988 returned to Canterbury as Organist and Master of the Choristers. He has been responsible for the music at all the special occasions, in particular the enthronements of Archbishops Carey, Williams and Welby and the Lambeth Conferences of 1998 and 2008. The Cathedral choir under his direction has toured regularly in Europe and North America and is booked for a two-week tour of the USA west coast next April.
He was invited by the Riga Dom Boys Choir and the Latvian Ministry of Culture to direct a week of workshops and lectures on the training of boys' voices in March 1997. In August 1997 he hosted an American Children's Choir Festival with over 400 children, an adventure repeated with much acclaim each year since then. Also in 1999, he visited Australia and New Zealand to direct residential choir courses and give recitals and made his first appearance as conductor at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts, USA. He is regularly in demand, especially in the USA, to direct conferences, workshops and festivals.
David was very flattered to be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Kent in 2002 and an Honorary Fellowship of Canterbury Christ Church university in 2009, where he has recently been elected a Visiting Professor. He is also a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham.
The responsibility of daily sung services in naturally the most important part of his work and performing exciting music for the millions of visitors and pilgrims to the Cathedral each year is a great joy.