The Wondrous Machine Series 2018

  • Music
  • Sun 21 Oct
  • 18.30 - 19.30
  • Admission Free, pre-booking essential


Hidden within the walls of this ancient house of prayer is Ireland’s finest romantic organ – all 4,000 pipes of it!  Come join us and listen as the Cathedral is filled with glorious sound whilst watching the performers on a giant screen in the nave. 4 concerts, 4 fabulous performers from home and abroad – 1 wondrous machine!


SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER ∙ 6.30pm
David Goode, international concert organist & head of keyboard Eton College, UK

DAVID GOODE was a music scholar at Eton College and then organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge from 1991-4, graduating with a first and the MPhil degree. While there he studied the organ with David Sanger and in Holland with Jacques van Oortmerssen. From 1996-2001 he was Sub-Organist at Christ Church, Oxford and as such toured in Europe, the US, Brazil and Japan and made several recordings. Having won the top prizes awarded at the 1997 St Alban’s Interpretation Competition, and the Recital Gold Medal at the 1998 Calgary Competition, he concentrated on a freelance career between 2001 and 2003. From 2003-2005, he combined a busy international career with the post of Organist-in-Residence at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, home to the world’s largest church organ. He is much in demand as a teacher, including for the RCO, and will be on the jury for the St Albans International Organ Festival in 2017. In recent years he has composed a number of choral and organ works, including a collaboration with the poet Francis Warner; performances include those by the choirs of King’s and St. John’s Colleges, Cambridge. In September 2013 the Bach Choir and RPO under David Hill gave the premiere of his BlitzRequiem in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Since his first solo CD, ‘French Showpieces from King’s’, recorded while still an undergraduate, his recordings have consistently received critical acclaim. Of his 2004 release from Los Angeles ‘The Great Organs of First Church vol 2’, The American Organist said ‘David Goode shows a fearless command of one of the world’s largest church organs. A magisterial performance of Edwin H. Lemare’s transcription of Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger must be one of the finest renditions of this work on record’. 2004 also saw the first volume of a landmark project to record the complete organ works of Max Reger on 17 CDs (‘Finally, there’s a set…that competes with Germani’s 1960’s HMV recordings – I thought the day would never come’, Choir and Organ); a second volume appeared in 2013. He has also released discs of Bach from Freiberg and Parry from Eton. He is currently recording the complete organ works of Bach on the organ of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Photo of David Goode


Pre-booking essential – do it online for free via the link above.