Peter Gould - return to the 2021/2022 Season

Programme

Three Choral Preludes - JS Bach (1685-1750)
i In dulci jubilo BWV 729
ii In dulci jubilo BWV 608
iii In dir ist Freude. BWV 615

Noel sur les jeux d’anches -
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Six interludes on Christmas Carols -
William Lloyd Webber (1914-82)
i The holly and the ivy
ii Whence is that goodly fragrance?
iii Noel nouvelet
iv Good King Wenceslas
v Coventry Carol
vi God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Rhapsody sur les Noels -
Eugene Gigout (1844-1925)

Marche des trois mages -
Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)

Two movements from Symphonie No 2 -
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
i Scherzo
ii Allegro


Biography

Canon Peter Gould was born in Portsmouth, England. Musical education was at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied Organ, Piano and Cello. Whilst there he gained prizes for choir training, organ accompaniment and harmony and gained the following diplomas: GRSM (Lond). FRCO, LRAM. (piano teacher) and ARCM. (organ performer) and has since been awarded the honorary ARAM. He then went to Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire to gain a Diploma in Education. Further accolades achieved in the 21st century include HonMMus (Derby University), FGCM and ARSCM
In 1974 he was appointed Assistant Organist at Wakefield Cathedral and music teacher at Honley High School. He eventually became Head of Music at the same school in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and also assistant chorus master to the Wakefield Festival Chorus and conductor of the Cawthorne Choral Society. During his time at Wakefield he was involved in many professional recordings and broadcasts with the choir.
In 1983 he became Master of the Music in Derby Cathedral. Initially this was a joint appointment with Derby City Council where he also taught for three days a week in local junior schools. Later this post was abolished and for many years then combined the post with part-time teaching in two secondary schools. For many years he was an accompanist to Derby Bach Choir and worked as an examiner for ABRSM touring the UK and Far East over the period 1984 - 2017.
Peter has given organ recitals in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, Birmingham Town Hall, Kings College, Cambridge and York Minster and given at least one organ recital in Derby Cathedral in each of the 32 years that he was organist there. In his final two years in Derby he toured every Anglican church in the diocese giving short recitals on the 278 different organs. You can see more about this on youtube by going to ‘Peter’s pipe pilgrimage’
Peter retired from Derby Cathedral on 6
th January 2015 after 32 years in post and a total of 40 years of working in English Cathedrals. He is pleased to know that no less than four of his Derby Choristers currently have professional organist positions in English Cathedrals.
Peter now lives just north of Portsmouth and finds that he is doing more organ playing in services and recitals than he ever did in Derby!
It seems that musicians never retire and Peter was Interim Director of Music at Romsey Abbey for a term until Easter Day 2019. During the same year Peter played at 113 different churches in the Portsmouth Diocese and raised £3,000 for the Bishop’s Lent Charity.
He is the Area Team Leader of the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight RSCM committee, the Vice President of the Portsmouth and District Organist’s Association, the membership secretary of the Cathedral Organist’s Association and is the Portsmouth representative for the Friends of Cathedral Music. When not involved in music he enjoys rail travel and can sometimes be found issuing tickets in the Booking Office of Alresford Railway Station.
Amongst the most recent organ recitals were venues in Wellington Cathedral, NZ in mid March, a day before lockdown, and Grimsby Minster in September 2020. This Summer he has been playing in Portsmouth and Guildford Cathedrals and Tewksbury Abbey and at numerous weddings in various places.