Read about one of our Newly Discovered Stars, David
Goode on the Artist Channel with a video interview from his home in Christchurch College,
Auden Cottage, (yes, that Auden used to live there) and at the organ in Christ Church
Cathedral, the smallest cathedral in England.
British organist David Goode created a sensation at the
Calgary International Organ Competition in 1998 when he performed his own pyrotechnically
demanding arrangement of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes march playing the main tune with
his right foot, the bass line with his left foot, the harmonies with his left hand and the
top line counterpoint with his right hand. His daring extravaganza is a clue to his
eclecticism and character. He is one of the world’s most brilliant, versatile and
imaginative organists and a very lively speaker with a highly varied range of artistic
David Goode was a boy chorister at St Paul’s
Cathedral, where the range and power of the grand organ first captivated his imagination.
He went on to be a music scholar at Eton College, where he began his first serious study
on the organ. After winning the top prizes for the Associate and Fellow of the Royal
College of Organists he became an Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge in 1991,
graduating in 1994 with first-class honours. He took organ lessons from David Sanger and
Jacques van Oortmerssen. He was already displaying his very wide musical interests when he
decided to take a Master of Philosophy degree with a thesis on Busoni and Pfitzner whose
very different styles and positions in musical history fascinated him.
In 1996 David Goode was appointed the Sub-Organist of
Christ Church, Oxford, where he combines duties as Evensong Organist with adventurous
recitals, broadcasts and recordings that have won him worldwide fame. His repertoire is
extremely wide and varied including major European classical masterworks and a great deal
of contemporary and new music. In 1997/1998 he performed the entire works of Reger at
Christ Church and also performed a programme of German romantic music for the BBC.
In contemporary music David Goode gave the first ever organ
recital in the prestigious Park Lane Group Young Artists series of concerts, including
performances of Robin Holloway’s Fantasy and Sir Alexander Goehr’s Chaconne,
which he subsequently recorded for the BBC. He also took part in a virtuoso capacity in
the EMI CD recording debut of music by Thomas Ades.
David Goode’s spectacular performances have swept the
board at two of the world’s most prestigious organ competition festivals: in 1997 he
won the top prizes at the St Albans Interpretation Competition, and in 1998 he won both
the Recital Gold Medal and the Encore Prize at the Calgary International Competition.
David Goode is now in great international demand as a
soloist, with tours upcoming in the USA, German and the Far East. He has made a very
strong impact with his first solo recordings: these are of French showpieces by Dupre,
Widor, d’Indy, Nibelle, Vierne, Langlais and Durufle, a recording of music by Franck,
Vierne, Dupre and Preston, and a CD called ‘Orb and Sceptre’ consisting of music
by Bach, Handel, Elgar, Walton, Widor, Vierne, Guilmant, Boellmann and Dubois. David
Goode’s dynamism, colour, panache and sensitivity in these recordings have been most
Although his schedule as a soloist and sub-organist at
Christ Church is extremely taxing, David Goode finds time to go to many orchestral
concerts and opera performances to hear the very wide variety of music he loves.