David Bednall

David BednallDavid is a busy composer and organist, combining an extensive freelance career with the position of Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral and PhD Studies at the University of Bristol. He studied with Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs and between 2002 and 2007 was at Wells Cathedral, initially as Sub Organist and then as Assistant Organist.

Born in 1979, David studied in Sherborne and then at the Queen’s College, Oxford where he was Organ Scholar. He was a prize-winner in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for Fellow of The Royal College of Organists in 2002, and has given recitals at L’Église de La Trinité, Paris, Westminster, St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and last year’s Langlais Centenary Festival in Brittany.

He has performed all the major works of Olivier Messiaen as part of the Liturgical Year. His debut solo CD for Lammas of Hakim, Messiaen and Vierne at Blackburn Cathedral, and CD of liturgical improvisations with Malcolm Archer, have both received excellent critical reviews. David has also appeared as stunt-organist on the BBC TV series Dr. Who!

Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens has recorded a critically acclaimed CD of his choral music entitled ‘Hail, gladdening light’ for Regent Records which was Editor’s Choice in ‘Gramophone’. Recent work has included Missa Sancti Pauli commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, commissions for Opus Anglicanum and the Jean Langlais Festival and his ‘Requiem’, which was premièred in London in November 2008.

David has visited the Langlais Festival for the past six years.

For further information, see www.davidbednall.com.