RCO announces David Sanger as new President

RCO announces David Sanger as new President


David Sanger has taken up the Presidency of the Royal College of Organists.

Mr Sanger is one of the world’s most accomplished concert organists, and a highly regarded teacher.

He takes over the office of President from Immediate Past President Peter Wright, and will serve until the end of the 2010-11 college year.

A member of the College since he was 15 years old, Mr Sanger has previously served with distinction for many years as a council member.

He said: “I am immensely proud to be assuming the role of President of The Royal College of Organists at such an exciting time.

“Peter Wright has done much during his presidential term to help the College adapt to the demands and challenges of the modern world, and as a result today’s RCO is a vibrant, modern organisation which is fully focused on the core aims of its Charter – namely to promote the best in organ playing and choral direction through its education and outreach programme, and to maintain excellence as a professional examining body.

“That is a fine legacy to inherit, and I consider it a real honour to have the opportunity to continue his work as President.”

Immediate Past President Peter Wright said: “It gives me great pleasure to be handing over the reins to David. He is a talented musician and will undoubtedly be a great ambassador for The Royal College of Organists.”

David Sanger was educated at Eltham College and the Royal Academy of Music and became well known as an organ recitalist when he won First Prize in two international competitions: St Albans, England in 1969 and Kiel, Germany in 1972.

He has toured many countries as recitalist, as well as giving many recitals in the British Isles, notably at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, the City of London Festival, the Bath Festival, the Chester Festival, the West-Riding Cathedrals' Festival, and many similar occasions. He has given Master Classes in many places including Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, and was 'Headmaster' of the Church Music Seminar in Bergen for fourteen years.

As a recording artist he has made over 20 CDs. His debut on the organ was with Polydor (DG Début Series) with Bach and Franck recorded in Munich. He recorded the complete organ works of César Franck at the Katarina Church in Stockholm (before the fire) for BIS. His Meridian recordings of Vierne's Six Organ Symphonies have received wide acclaim and he has embarked on recordings of the complete organ works of Bach. The most recent Bach CDs were recorded on the newly constructed, historic-style, Carsten Lund organ in Copenhagen's Garnisons Church.

With Meridian he has recorded a selection of trifles by Lefébure-Wély on the 1994 Cavaillé-Coll style instrument at Exeter College, Oxford, for which instrument David Sanger also acted as Consultant. Other recent projects as consultant include new, rebuilt or restored organs at Bromley Parish Church, Haileybury College, St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sheffield Cathedral and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is currently consulting on the installation of a new Bach-style organ for the University of Strathclyde, and has just been appointed Consultant to the new organ project at the Icelandic Concert Hall in Reykjavik, under construction.

For some years he was professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and chairman of the organ department there from 1987-89. Between 1989 and 1997 he was a Consultant Professor at the RAM. He was guest professor for a period of two years at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen. He has been a Visiting Tutor in organ studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is currently teacher of organ at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He has had many successful students at international competition level, including two winners at the Calgary International Organ Competition.

From time to time, he composes music for organ, as well as for strings and choirs. He has also written an organ tutor in two volumes for beginners, entitled Play the Organ, which has become the most widely used in Britain in recent years.

Together with Professor Jon Laukvik he has recently completed editing the organ works of Louis Vierne, comprising 13 volumes in a boxed set, published by Carus Verlag, Stuttgart.

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