Biographies - Composers

David Bednall - Composer

David Bednall is a busy composer and organist, combining an extensive freelance career with the position of Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral, PhD Studies in Composition with Professor John Pickard at Bristol University and the Directorship of The University Singers. He studied with Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs and was Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral.

He was Organ Scholar at The Queen's College, Oxford and then at Gloucester Cathedral. He also spent periods there as Acting Director of Music and Acting Assistant Organist and was closely involved with the Three Choirs Festival.

He won prizes in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for Fellow of The Royal College of Organists and has given recitals at La Trinit?, Paris, and many English Cathedrals. In June 2008 he gave a recital at Notre-Dame de Paris.

He has performed all the major works of Messiaen and his debut solo recording and CD of improvisations with Malcolm Archer have received excellent reviews. He has improvised on live radio and in concert. He has also appeared as stunt-organist on BBC TV's Dr. Who.

He is active as a composer and the CD of his choral music Hail, gladdening light with Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens was Gramophone Editor's Choice. A number of his choral works have been broadcast on Radio 3 and 4. Recent work has included Missa Sancti Pauli commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and commissions for the new music wells 68 - 08 festival. In November 2008 his Requiem was premiered in St James's Church, Spanish Place with St Mary's School, Calne, Edward Whiting (Director) and Philip Dukes (Viola) to great acclaim and was recently given its US Premiere in St Mary The Virgin, Times Square, New York. This has been recorded by these forces and released on Regent Records to great critical acclaim. In addition Wells Cathedral Choir has just released a further recording of his choral music on Regent entitled Flame Celestial which has received much critical praise, including a Gramophone Recommendation in the September 2010 edition of the magazine. He recently appeared as a guest on Radio 3's The Choir with Aled Jones for a programme about organist composers.

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David Bednall