Paul Goussot to close St Albans International Organ Festival series

Paul Goussot

Paul Goussot - Credit: Archant

THE closing concert in an organ series is being held next Saturday, May 4, in St Albans Cathedral.

It marks the return to the city of Paul Goussot, the winner of the 2011 Improvisation Competition at St Albans and subsequently the improvisation competition in Haarlem.

Paul was born in Bordeaux where he is now titulaire of the prestigious organ in the Abbey of St Croix. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he gained numerous first prizes in both harpsichord and organ.

He has given concerts in Europe and the US including being First Young Artist in residence in Louisiana.

The concert brings together the Caius Consort from Cambridge, directed by Geoffrey Webber, and piper Barnaby Brown, who leads the revival of the northern triplepipe, the precursor of the bagpipe in Britain and Ireland.

As a result, Celtic chant from the fourteenth century and Duruflé’s Quatre Motets will be interleaved with Scottish psalm singing traditions.

Entrance to the concert, which starts at 5.30pm, is free with a retiring collection in aid of the International Organ Festival Society. After the concert the audience will have the opportunity to meet the performers at a reception in the cathedral refectory.

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