St Peter, Caversham

St Peter’s Church, Caversham presents the fourth in a series of Organ Recitals at 4pm on Saturday 14th October 2017 featuring David Old.

The programme will include Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in F Major and works by Cocker, Ireland, Stanley, Widor and Messiaen. Tickets £5 call 07999 023825 or Parish Office 0118 947 1703 (from 12th September). Refreshments will be served in the interval.

David began playing organs at the age of 10 in Warminster, Wiltshire and developed his talents at St John’s Clifton, Henleaze United Reformed Church and as accompanist to the Cotham Singers while living in Bristol.

In 1984 life began in Reading, and after a time helping out at St Michael Tilehurst, David spent a number of years deputizing generally in the area, teaming up in the late 90s with Philip Aspden at Christchurch and subsequently St Mary Henley which not only gave rise to many memorable musical undertakings such as the fabulous Vierne Messe Solenelle for double organ and choir (having to pretend to be both organs!), but also led to many Cathedral visits plus trips to Belgium and Germany with the Choir and Orchestra of St George’s College Weybridge.

A change of tack around 2005 brought him to take up the post of Organist and Choirmaster at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene Easthampstead where he remained for best part of ten years, and for the last three he has been at St Nicholas Rotherfield Greys, where he had already worked many times over the years accompanying for David Butler. He is the regular accompanist for the annual Henley Choirs Festival, and greatly enjoys coming here to St Peter’s to accompany Choral Evensongs under the direction of Ian Westley.

The new Viscount Regent Classic organ was installed in 2015 after a concentrated fund-raising effort and plays an important part in the worship at St Peter’s, supporting the 30 member choir who sing at two services on Sundays.

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