David Hirst, Organist
May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
David Hirst will present the eighth in St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church’s First Tuesday One O’Clock Concert 2019-2020 series with music by Holst, Alcock and Elgar.
Based in France since 2011, David Hirst is the titular organist of the Collégiale Notre-Dame in Mantes-la-Jolie, France. As such, he is responsible for all the organ music for this magnificent gothic edifice, including special services for the Diocese of Versailles. He is also responsible for the organ music at the nearby Romanesque church of Sainte-Anne de Gassicourt. At the age of 18, David won the organ scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he played for the chapel services and concerts, directed the choirs and orchestra, and organized the weekly recital series and other musical events. He also led choir tours to France where he directed concerts and services at Chartres Cathedral and several Parisian churches, including La Trinité, La Madeleine and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. During his three years at Cambridge he completed his academic study of music with a master’s degree while refining his organ performance with Nicolas Kynaston.
David has performed throughout Europe as well as South Africa, Singapore and Japan. His extensive repertoire stretches from the Renaissance through to contemporary music, and he has a particular appreciation for the works of J.S. Bach and composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His CD recordings include The Spirit of St Martin’s (the choir and organ of St Martin-in-the-Fields) and Welte Restored (the organ of Salomons Theatre with the Royal Academy of Music). Most recently he recorded the first CD of the Merklin and Cogez organs of the Collégiale at Mantes-la-Jolie.
The First Tuesday One O’Clock Concert series is curated by Dr. Gregory D’Agostino, St. Ann’s Organist and Director of Music, and features New York’s finest musicians. The concerts take place on the first Tuesday of each month and are free; however, St. Ann’s welcomes donations in support of the restoration fund for our historic five-manual Skinner organ. Please join us!
Join us also at the final organ concert of the series:
June 2, 2020
Music by Elgar, Howells, Weaver and Widor
More information about the First Tuesday One O’Clock Concert series, including last year’s programs, is available here.