Tuesday, February 26
Great Organ: David Briggs
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Join us as Artist in Residence David Briggs performs his own transcription of Symphony No 7 by Anton Bruckner.
There will be a ticketed pre-concert talk by David Briggs, with wine and canapés at 6:30 pm.
David Briggs explains his love of Symphony No 7:
“I first became totally immersed in Bruckner 7 as a viola player in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Once this amazing score enters your psyche, it is impossible to imagine life without it. The music is constructed using huge, arch-like paragraphs, which mirror exactly the wondrous architecture of our cathedral. Everything is conceived on a monumental scale, reflecting Bruckner’s devout Catholic faith and quest of huge, divine transcendence. Conceived between 1881-85, this is music of a truly vast soundscape - rarely has music sounded so spacious. You can wander through, enjoying the intricacies of the architecture. Or you can simply bask in the music’s golden light – it seems that each long phrase opens up a new celestial vista. I am hugely looking forward to performing this ultra-symphonic music on the great organ of St John the Divine. It should be a perfect match.”