Photo: David Cook organist, London

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David Cook has held various church appointments in and around London and for ten years was Director of Music at St. George's Church Bloomsbury, as well as being the Director of Music at Saint Mary Abchurch in the City of London.  In addition to organising the music and working with professional singers at both churches, he arranged and gave many of the monthly concerts and organ recitals.  

He studied the organ and harpsichord in London, where he was awarded the Licentiateship of the Royal Academy of Music, the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists, the Fellowships of both Trinity College London and the London College of Music and the Licentiateship of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  His teachers during this time included the eminent scholar Gordon Phillips, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Margaret Phillips.  David won many prizes including first prize at the West of England Organ Festival in 1987.  On leaving college, he furthered his studies in Paris with Daniel Roth at Saint-Sulpice and in London with Peter Hurford and performed in mastercalsses with Daniel Roth, Naji Hakim, Susan Landale and Jennifer Bate.

David has an active career as a recitalist, performing regularly in the U.K and abroad. He is a keen exponent of Baroque and early English organ music, but his varied and interesting repertoire encompasses music from the sixteenth century through to the present day and includes transcriptions of orchestral works.  David has also given complete performances of Messiaen's L'Ascension, symphonies by Vierne and Widor and performed the Poulenc Organ Concerto at the Central Hall Westminster. 

As a concert artist, his solo recitals include St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey as well as Westminster, Lincoln, Chichester and Bristol Cathedrals and Bath Abbey.  He has also appeared as a guest soloist at the Peterborough Cathedral Festival.  Further afield, David has given recitals in Southern Germany and performed at the Basilica of Saint-Sernin in Toulouse and Saint-Sulpice in Paris.  Last year, David was invited to give a recital on the newly installed organ (2013) in Tarragona Cathedral.  As an accompanist and continuo player he appears regularly with various choirs and choral societies and in this capacity has performed at St John's Smith Square London and in Barcelona and Tarragona Cathedrals.

Videos

Watch David playing Louis Vierne's Toccata in B flat minor Op.53 no 6 from Pièces de fantasie.  Played on Hauptwerk, using the Hereford Cathedral sample set.

Watch David playing the 'Dialogue sur les grands jeux' - Movement VII of Suite du Premier Ton by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault on the historic Holzhey organ of 1793 in the Basilica at Rot an der Rot in Upper Swabia, Baden-Württemburg, Germany.

Westminster Cathedral

Listen to David playing the Allegro risoluto from Louis Vierne's Symphonie No.2 live on the Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral here:



Teaching

David Cook offers private tuition for:

  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • Music Examinations (ABRSM & Trinity)

He is also available as an accompanist for lessons and ABRSM and Trinity examinations.

Links

Recitals and Concerts 2017

  • Friday 2nd June 2017 12.30pm St Stephen Walbrook, London EC4
  • Thursday 8th June 2017 1.10pm All Hallows by the Tower, London
  • Thursday 22nd June 2017 1.10pm All Hallows by the Tower, London
  • Sunday 25th June 2017 1.30pm Blenheim Palace - The Long Library
  • Thursday 29th June 2017 12.15pm. Worcester Cathedral (Bach & Widor - Symphonie Romane)
  • Thursday 13th July 2017 1.10pm All Hallows by the Tower, London
  • Friday 1st September 2017, 1.10pm. Christ the King, Gordon Square, London WC1
  • Thursday 21st September 2017 1.10pm All Hallows by the Tower, London
  • Saturday 14th October 2017  St. Mary's Church, Chigwell, Essex. (With Heather Cook- recorders)
  • Thursday 19th October 2017 1.10pm. All Hallows by the Tower, London [Programme]
  • Thursday 7th December 2017 1:10pm All Hallows by the Tower, London [Programme]
  • Friday 8th December  2017, 12:30pm.  St Stephen Walbrook, London EC4 

Recordings

Organ Music by Gordon Phillips (1908-1991)

Jonathan Melling and David Cook at the organ of All Hallows by the Tower.

Centenary CD's £10 each (plus £2 p&p) can be ordered from:
David Cook 

Please make cheques payable to: David Cook.

Email: dlc@davidcookorganist.co.uk with any queries.

Includes the following works by Gordon Phillips, who was organist at All Hallows from 1956 to 1991:

  • Toccata in C
  • Partita on a Plainsong Hymn Urbs Beata Jerusalem
  • Trumpet Tune (for John Turner)
  • Air and Gavotte (Tower Hill Suite)
  • Sonata in C minor
  • Six Carol Preludes
  • Suite in F minor

Listen to David playing The First Nowell from Six Carol Preludes by Gordon Phillips on the Grand Organ of All Hallows' by the Tower, London here:

Listen to David playing The Holly and the Ivy from Six Carol Preludes by Gordon Phillips on the Grand Organ of All Hallows' by the Tower, London here:


CD: Bach from St. Mary’s Chigwell

David Cook playing Bach on the 1963 Walker organ of St. Mary's Chigwell, designed by Ralph Downes. 

Available from David Cook £10 each (plus £2 p&p).

Email: dlc@davidcookorganist.co.uk with any queries.

Includes the following works:

  • Trio Sonata No.1 in E flat BWV 525
  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
  • Schübler Chorale Preludes BWV 648-650
  • Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667
  • Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele BWV 654
  • Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657

Listen to David playing Bach's Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele BWV 654 at St. Mary's Church Chigwell, here:

Listen to David playing Bach's Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657 at St. Mary's Church Chigwell, here:

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