David Briggs

Concert Organist and Composer

Concert Schedule

Last updatedSaturday 16th September 2017 (Falmouth, UK)

2017

 
21 SeptemberLeon Cathedral, Spain
Leon International Music Festival
24 SeptemberSt Johannes Church, Malmo, Sweden
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2 ('The Resurrection Symphony'), transcribed DJB
(now postponed until 2018 because of work on stained glass)
29 SeptemberCathedrale St Andre, Bordeaux, France
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 5 (transcribed DJB)
8 OctoberConcert for 'Les Amis de l'Orgue', Quebec City, Canada
Details tba
9-22 OctoberCanadian International Organ Competition
Jury member
14 OctoberEglise St. Nom-de-Jésus, Montreal
23 OctoberOttawa, ON (Pro Organo Festival)
25 OctoberArnprior, ON
29 OctoberSt John's Episcopal Church, Tampa, FL at 4pm
3 NovemberCathedral of St John the Divine, NYC at 8pm
Join us for the US premiere of David Briggs’ transcription of Elgar’s deeply moving First Symphony (1908). This work underwent a long gestation (he was 51 when he wrote it) and offers an intense insight into the character of the composer - in turns aristocratic, volatile, nature-loving, wistful and often passionately romantic.
5 NovemberChristchurch Episcopal Church, Rye, NY
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: Phantom of the Opera (1925)
12 NovemberSt Joseph's Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio at 4pm
16 NovemberSt Paul's Cathedral, St Paul, Minnesota at 7.30pm
25 NovemberAscension Memorial Episcopal Church, Ipswich, Massachusetts at 7.30pm
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert
5 and 6 DecemberYorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Carol Concerts
25 DecemberCathedral of St John the Divine, NYC
Schedule to be announced soon!

2018

 
16 JanuaryCathedral of St John the Divine, NYC at 8pm
Artist in Residence David Briggs performs his celebrated 1998 transcription of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Mahler stated that
‘A symphony must be like the whole world - it must contain everything’. Embodying every emotional nuance, from the intense pathos of funeral marches through to the incomparable euphoria of the finale, Mahler’s 5th includes the Adagietto, perhaps his most famous and beloved orchestral movement.
19 JanuarySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 7.30pm
'The Notre-Dame de Paris tradition', including music by Louis Vierne, Pierre Cochereau and Yves Castagnet (Missa Salve Regina)
with the Choir of St James Cathedral
21 JanuarySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Concert
23 JanuarySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
3 FebruaryKing's College, Cambridge at 6.30pm
UK premiere of new transcription of Symphony No 4 (Gustav Mahler/DJB)
5 FebruaryThe Leys School, Cambridge
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde' (1921)
11 FebruaryCathedral of St John the Divine, NYC at 6pm
Artist in Residence David Briggs performs three innovative transcriptions of orchestral music by Maurice Ravel, including the premiere of his new transcription of the ‘Mother Goose Suite’. Kaleidoscopic and ravishingly impressionistic, this music will illustrate every ounce of color available on the Great Organ of St John the Divine.
18 FebruarySt Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario
20 FebruaryOverture Hall, Madison, WI
27 FebruarySt Francis Xavier RC Church, New York
4 MarchCathedral of St John the Divine, NYC at 6pm
One of the world’s finest organ improvisers, Artist in Residence David Briggs will perform a recital consisting solely of improvisations in styles ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary. Themes will be submitted by members of the audience. Come and experience David in full creative mode - a gripping and totally ephemeral program, just to be heard once, and then gone for ever!
8 MarchClayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, UK at 7.30pm
10 MarchSt Matthew's Church, Northampton, UK
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2 ('The Resurrection Symphony'), transcribed DJB
12-13 MarchTeaching in Cambridge
14 MarchWorksop College, UK
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert
15 MarchNewark Parish Church (am) and Derby Cathedral (pm)
Masterclasses for the Royal College of Organists
16 MarchSouthwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, UK
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert (tbc)
28 March-1 AprilCathedral of St John the Divine, NYC
Holy Week and Easter, including Good Friday 'Way of the Cross' improvisations
15 AprilKirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
Silent movie improvisation concert - Cecil B de Mille's 'King of Kings'
20 AprilSt James Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA at 7.30pm
22 AprilDuke University, Durham, NC
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2 ('The Resurrection Symphony'), transcribed DJB
27 AprilSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 7.30pm
Programme to include 'Serenade to Music', Overture to 'the Wasps' and Mass in G minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams
with the Choir of St James Cathedral
29 AprilSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Concert
1 MaySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
8 MaySt Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario at 7.30pm
15 MayRoyal Albert Hall, London
with Wayne Marshall and Olivier Latry
20 MayMaison Symphonique, Montreal at 2pm
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert 'Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde (1921)'
2 JuneBuckfast Abbey, UK
part of inaugural series for the new Ruffatti organ (including new commission)
8 JuneAntwerp Cathedral, Belgium at 7.30pm
Mahler Symphony No 5 (transcr. DJB)
24 June Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, MD (tbc)
1 JulySt Joseph's Basilica, Montreal, QE (tbc)
7 and 8 JulyLapa, Portugal
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 8, transcribed DJB (tbc)
15 JulyBourges Cathedral, France at 17.00hrs
9 SeptemberTrinity Episcopal Church, Danville, KY
16 SeptemberKatharinenkirche, Oppenheim, Germany
Mahler Symphony No 4 transcribed DJB
with Christiane Libor (Soprano)
23 SeptemberSt Johannes Church, Malmo, Sweden
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2 ('The Resurrection Symphony'), transcribed DJB
30 SeptemberHoly Trinity, Sloane Square, London at 7.30pm
4 OctoberSt Aloysius R.C. Church, Glasgow, Scotland (tbc)
6 OctoberWorcester Cathedral, UK
celebrating the tenth anniversary of the new organ by Kenneth Tickell
14 OctoberCathedral of St John the Divine, New York at 5pm
19 OctoberSt James Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2 ('The Resurrection Symphony'), transcribed DJB
21 OctoberClaremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, California
Silent movie improvisation concert 'Phantom of the Opera' (1929)
27 OctoberTrinity Cathedral, Portland, OR
'Spooktacular' Silent movie improvisation concert 'Phantom of the Opera' (1929)
2 NovemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 7.30pm
including 'Messe pour Notre-Dame' (DJB)
with the Choir of St James Cathedral
4 NovemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Concert
6 NovemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
20 NovemberCathedral of St John the Divine, New York at 7.30pm
20-25 DecemberChristmas at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York (details tbc)

2019

 
30 JanuaryInternational Performing Centre (House of Music), Moscow, Russia
12 AprilSt Paul's School, Concord, NH at 7.30pm
16-21 AprilCathedral of St John the Divine, New York
Holy Week and Easter, including Good Friday 'Way of the Cross' improvisations
11 JunePori Organ Festival, Finland
Solo concert
13 JunePori Organ Festival, Finland
DJB Organ Concerto (2006), with the Pori Sinfonietta

2020

 
4 AprilLincoln Cathedral, UK
Concert with the City of Birmingham Choir, conducted by Adrian Lucas
Variations sur Veni Creator - Maurice Durufle
Requiem - Maurice Durufle