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The Royal Canadian College of Organists Presents David Briggs


The next concert in the Pro Organo series will be at Église Saint-François d'Assise at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 23, 2017. The featured artist will be British organist David Briggs.

A native of Great Britain, David Briggs obtained his FRCO at the age of 17, winning all the prizes, and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. From 1981 to 1984, he was Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge; during this time, he studied organ with Jean Langlais in Paris. Subsequently, he held positions at Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals, and from 2012 to 2016 was Artist in Residence at St. James Cathedral in Toronto.

The first half of the program features works by J.S. Bach. The second half will be an improvised four-movement symphony. The winner of several improvisation competitions, Briggs is regarded as one of the world’s finest improvisors. Though he is also known as a concert organist, composer, and transcriber, improvisation has always been one of Briggs’ great loves:

At the end of my time at King’s College, Cambridge, I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to study with Jean Langlais in Paris. I tried to ensure that my lessons coincided with a weekend, and would take pride in hearing as many improvised Sorties (sometimes as many as 5 or 6) in the great Parisian Churches.
As an improviser, my approach has always been to follow my initial instincts, rather like if you are driving a car. In other words, you know the basic rules of the road (hopefully…) and then you trust your reflexes, entirely and immediately. That is all there is to the art of improvisation. All you have to do is make sure that you know how to drive the car, have enough fuel for the journey and that the scenery has enough variety. The occasional detour can add that added element of spice.


You can see full details of the program on our Centre website: www.rcco-ottawa.ca/pro_organo.html

Parking is available in the church parking lot.
Tickets will be available at the door: $25, $20 and $15. Info: 613-728-8041 or www.rcco-ottawa.ca

 

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