A world-famous Organist performs at Clayesmore

On Thursday, we were delighted to welcome the internationally renowned organ music virtuoso and composer, David Briggs, to Clayesmore. He performed works by Bach, Haydn, Franck, Vierne and Saint-Saëns. 

As part of this thrilling evening of music, David also gave a taster of his art of improvisation, which is one of his trademarks. To our enjoyment, he improvised arrangements of the Clayesmore School Song which is set to the tune of ‘The Dambusters’. He frequently performs improvisations to silent movies, and at Clayesmore he used the Tom and Jerry film ‘The Cat above and the Mouse below’ as inspiration. 

Mr Richard J. Reynolds, an Old Clayesmorian, was impressed enough to send us this note:
My twin brother and I (1959 -1962) attended the David Briggs Recital in the Chapel yesterday evening. It was a memorable evening, and not to be missed.

Mr Briggs spent the entire day here before his evening recital and was also able to give two lucky students their very own masterclass. Peter, in Year 11, has been playing the organ for about three years now, whereas Edward, in Year 8, has only just started learning the instrument. Both were highly appreciative of such an opportunity to get insights and some direction to their playing from one of the world’s finest organists. 

David Briggs is Organist Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral, and Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York.