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Organ Music of David Price David Price



Pictured at the organ at St Georges, Heaviley, Stockport at the age of 17, and in 2019.

David Price was educated at St Thomas Heaton Chapel Primary school and later at Stockport School, where he began his musical studies under Geoffrey Barber. His independant assessor was Douglas Steele.

After 'A' level examinations he then became a full-time student at The Royal School of Church Music, studying the organ with Martindale Sidwell, choir training with Michael Brimer, singing with Robert Poole and composition with Derek Holman.

In 1963 he was awarded the 'Limpus' Prize in the examination for Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists, and two years later gained the Choirmaster's Diploma.

The early years of his professional career were spent back in the North West of England, where he was Head of Music at Peel Moat School, Stockport, Director of the Maia Boys' Choir, and Assistant Organist at St. George's Church, under Arthur Rooke.

In 1969 he moved to East Anglia, where for twenty-four years he was Director of Music of Taverham Hall Preparatory School, Norwich, and for a period also Master of the Music at the Priory Church of St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth - the largest Parish Church in England!

In 1993 he took early retirement from the chalk face, so as to be able to devote more time to examining and adjudicating work, and also private teaching. He has been a Guild Advisor for the Royal School of Church Music since 1974, and in 1996 was appointed Education and Training Officer for the Norfolk and Norwich Area. In the same year he was invited to become Master of Music at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norwich. For the first five years of its existence, he was an Assistant Director of the I.A.P.S. Choral Course under Ralph Allwood.

An examiner for the Associated Board since 1979, he has undertaken overseas tours in Eire, Cyprus, Hong Kong on numerous occasions, Indonesia twice, Malaysia twice, and Singapore three times whilst examining all the while extensively throughout the UK.

Now recently retired after 36 years on the Practical Panel, he still marks theory papers online from his retirement home in Thailand!

In 2019, local born organist David Price visited three nearby churches during his annual UK tour, including his "local" church where he grew up. Educated at schools I went to, my son went to - and taught at a school that is now a housing estate but where my wife worked for a while... he later went to Norfolk.

He has an active Facebook page, with followers craving vidoes of his performances, and for two local ones I was his cameraman, handling an IPad for the first time ever.

Here are links to the Facebook videos I shot for him
First, David Price at St Georges, Heaviley in Stockport:
Mushel Toccata        Bach BWV547 Prelude and Fugue       Mozart Fantasie       Franck Pastorale       Bach Trio Sonata

Vierne Pastorale       Vierne Carillon        Walking around St George's walkabout


then at St Thomas, Heaton Chapel:
Guilmant, Grand Choeur       My young life at an end, Sweelinck       Vierne,  Berceuse

Toccatina (Yon)       On Gibons' Angels Song- Steele       Bach 547 pr and fug

Those links are directly to the videos on Facebook. We don't have the software to hear them here, but I did download them using third party software. If you can't get to them on Facebook I have a couple on my website:
St Georges, Vierne Carillon (video)        St Thomas, On Gibons' Angels Song - Steele (video)

And a handful of slightly higher quality audio recordings, also on my website:
St Georges, Mathias, Processional (audio)        St Georges, Mushel Toccata (audio)
St Thomas, Guilmant, Grand Choeur (audio)