Eminent Organists who have given recitals on The Good Shepherd's Pipe Organ.
Reginald Goss CUSTARD
English organist and composer Reginald Goss-Custard was born in 1877 at St Leonards-on-Sea and was largely self-taught. He held a series of organist posts in London and gave fortnightly recitals at the Bishopsgate Institute. He died in 1956. His organ compositions include Chelsea Fayre,Elégie, Idyll, a March in F, a Fantasia in F and a Serenade in A. There are also many arrangements for organ, including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and a series of overtures -Beethoven's Egmont, Bizet's Carmen, Hérold'sZampa, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Suppé's Poet and Peasant, the Adagio from Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor, and Weber's Der Freischütz.
David Bell FGMS ARCM FCCM FRSA David Bell is an experienced concert organist and has performed at concerts in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. He was organist to the conductor Herbert von Karajan for many years, and under his direction played on a regular basis with the highly prestigious Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also played with most of the London orchestras and is a skilled arranger of choral and organ music. Important recital venues include St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral.
Philip Scriven, MA(Cantab) was brought up in Chard a former pupil of Avishayes School and Chorister in the Church of the Good Shepherd. At the age of 9 he became a Chorister at Westminster Abbey and gave his very first public recital on our organ when just 14 years of age. He also played a Marathon 24 hours recital to raise monies to restore our Rose Window. When he was home in Chard he would often practice on our organ. Organist & Master of the Choristers of Lichfield Cathedral and Asst. Conductor and Accompanist to The Bach Choir. Philip received his early musical training at Westminster Abbey and Charterhouse, and was Organ Scholar at both St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and St John’s College, Cambridge. He subsequently studied conducting at the Vienna Musikhochschule, and at the Juilliard School in New York. Since returning to the UK in 1999, he has worked for both English and Welsh National Operas and was Assistant Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. After a year as Acting Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey, he became Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral, where he also conducted the chamber choir ‘Southern Voices’. In 2002, Philip took up the position of Organist and Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral. In 2010, Philip moved to Cranleigh School to become its first “Organist in Residence”, where he presides over the brand new Mander organ.