Concerts

Last updatedMaundy Thursday, 17th April 2014, Toronto

 

2014

 
20 AprilSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Easter Day Twilight Recital (works by Jean Langlais and Charles Tournemire)
26 AprilSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 7.30pm
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'King of Kings' (1928)
27 AprilSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
2 MaySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 7.30pm
Last Night of the Proms
4 MaySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
6 MaySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
CEREMONIAL LOLLIPOPS
Music by Elgar, Purcell and Walton
9 MayAll Saints Cathedral, Halifax, Nova Scotia at 7.30pm
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10 MayFirst Baptist Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia
RCCO Masterclass (French Organ Music) 10am
10 MayHalifax, Nova Scotia
Give after dinner speech for Royal Canadian College of Organists Halifax Chapter
21 MaySt John's R.C. Cathedral, Limerick, Ireland
Music by J S Bach, F J Haydn, C Franck, Paul Dukas and DJB (Improvisations)
24 MayIngelheim, Germany
Mahler Symphony No 2 (transcribed DJB, 2012)
(recently restored organ by E M Skinner)
25 MaySt Katerina Church, Oppenheim, Germany
Mahler Symphony No 2 (transcribed DJB, 2012)
26-31 MaySt Sebald, Nurnberg, Germany at 7.30pm
Mahler Symphonies No 2, 3, 5 and 6 (transcribed DJB)
Part of the 2013 Nurnberg International Organ Week
4 JuneGloucester Cathedral, UK at 7.30pm
6 JuneSt John the Baptist, Pinner at 7.30pm
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde' (1921)
7 JuneEvent for RSCM Gloucestershire (venue tbc)
11 JuneLograno, Spain
12 JuneVitoria, Spain
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'King of Kings' (1928)
14 JuneBlackburn Cathedral, UK
Mahler Symphony No 2 (transcribed DJB)
in aid of the Blackburn Cathedral Music Foundation Appeal
16 JuneSt Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter, UK
Opening organ concert on reconstructed organ formally in St Jude's Church, Birmingham
22 JuneSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
24 JuneSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
'THE ART OF VARIATION' - an exploration of Variation form, over the centuries
Music by Bach, Sweelinck, Cochereau and Reger
1 JulySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
'ORGAN AND GREGORIAN CHANT'
Music by de Grigny, Tournemire, Dupre and Olivier Latry
6 JulySt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
12 JulySt Michael-the-Archangel, Newquay, UK
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'Phantom of the Opera' (1929) (tbc)
14-18 JulyHaarlem International Improvisation Competition, Netherlands (on jury)
20-27 JulySt Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
Directing King's College Course of the Royal School of Church Music in America (including recitals etc)
3 AugustSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
5 AugustSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
'ORGAN FIREWORKS'
Music by Gigout, Berlioz, Cochereau, Dupre and Ravel (and improvisations)
24 AugustSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
26 AugustSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 1pm
'THE ART OF IMPROVISATION'
Improvisations in styles over six centuries
7 SeptemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
21 SeptemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
7 OctoberTemple Church, London, UK
Silent movie improvisation concert
8-9 OctoberRecording CD of Organ Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (for Albion Records)
venue to be confirmed
14-15 OctoberTeaching at Cambridge
17 OctoberEglise S Vincent, Roquevaire, France at 9pm
Roquevaire Organ Festival
Former 5-manual house organ of Pierre Cochereau, enlarged by Daniel Birouste
29 OctoberMariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Part of St Petersburg Organ Festival
31 OctoberArhus Organ Festival, Sweden
1 NovemberSt George's, Hanover Square, London, UK
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert (tbc)
9 NovemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital
11 NovemberCathedral of St John Berchmans, Shreveport, LA
14 NovemberSt Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert
30 NovemberSt James Cathedral, Toronto at 4pm
Twilight Recital

2015

 
15 MarchPforzheim, Germany (tbc)
18-19 MarchTeaching at Cambridge
22 MarchSt Nicholas, Bergen-Enkeim, nr Frankfurt, Germany
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'King of Kings' (1928)
17 AprilSt John's, West Byfleet, Surrey, UK
19 AprilBerlin Philharmonie, Germany
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'Phantom of the Opera' (1929)
22 AprilGloucester Cathedral
Battle of the Organs
23 AprilSt Michael's College, Tenbury
Silent Movie Improvisation Concert: 'Phantom of the Opera' (1929)
25 AprilKing's College, Cambridge
Mahler Symphony No 2 (transcribed DJB)
in aid of King's College Choir
30 AprilMariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
2 MayKeble College, Oxford, UK at 7.30pm
7 MayLeon Cathedral, Spain
Bach Concert
9 MayNational Auditorium of Madrid, Spain
Bach Concert
12-13 MayTeaching at Cambridge
21-24 JunePittsburgh, PA
American Guild of Organists Convention
25 June-20 JulyTour to Australia and New Zealand (tbc)
25 JulySt Maria Himmelfahrt, Landsberg am Lech, Germany at 11.15am
Mahler Symphony No 5 (transcribed DJB)
31 JulyBerlin Dom, Germany
2 AugustKonigslutter, Germany

 
2011/2012/2013 Recital highlights included:
BBC Promenade Concert from the Royal Albert Hall, London (broadcast live to an audience of over 2 million)
St Sulpice, Paris (Concert Spirituel)
International Performing Centre, Moscow, Russia (including Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4)
King's College, Cambridge, UK (Elgar Symphony No 1 transcription)
Worcester Cathedral, UK (Elgar Symphony No 1 transcription)
Cirencester Parish Church, UK (re-opening recital)
St Joseph's Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio
Philharmonie Concert Hall, Haarlem, Holland
Harrow School, UK
Opening recital on new Peter Collins Organ
Turin and Piacenza Music Festivals, Italy
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC
Final Concert of the American Guild of Organists National Convention
Belmont Abbey, UK (Opening recital)
Leipzig Gewandhaus, Germany (Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
York Minster (Symphony No. 3 Gustav Mahler - transcribed DJB)
Worcester Cathedral, UK (Three Choirs Festival Recital)
Premiere of new transcription of Symphony No 2 in E flat (1911)
St Sernin Basilica, Toulouse, France
2 concerts in the Festival 'Toulouse les Orgues'
St James Church, Muswell Hill, London, UK
Re-opening concert on refurbished Harrison and Harrison organ
Church of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, London, UK
Re-opening recital of organ by J W Walker
King's College, Cambridge, UK
Elgar Symphony No 2 transcription
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, UK
Dedicatory Series of new organ by Harrison and Harrison
Cathedral of the Redeemer, Calgary, AB
Canadian premiere of 'Messe pour Saint-Sulpice' (2011)
Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Mahler Symphony No 5 transcription in opening series on C B Fisk opus 139)
Riverside Church, New York (Silent Movie Improvisation Concert 'King of Kings')

 
“Insouciantly brilliant…

Mr. Briggs, a Briton now based in Boston, has formidable technique, both for playing notes and for kaleidoscopic stop changes and pumpings of swell pedals. Known for virtuoso organ transcriptions of orchestra works, he put on quite a show of Strauss' tone poem Death and Transfiguration.

And he demonstrated his genius at improvisation at both piano (in the hypnotic style of the French composer/organist Olivier Messiaen) and organ (in the dazzling manner and with deliciously saturated harmonies of another Frenchman, Pierre Cochereau).

He masterfully sustained and built tension through Messiaen's Vision of the Eternal Church and tossed off Marcel Dupré's flashy Prelude and Fugue in G minor with insouciant brilliance.”

(The Dallas Morning News)

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