David Briggs

Concert Organist and Composer

Large Choir - Full Orchestra

Creation (2000)

SATB chorus, Soprano solo, Full Orchestra (41')
Parts available for hire
Private CD of first performance on 8th December 2000 available for loan only
(41 mins)

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Cross of Nails (2009)

Commissioned by Paul Leddington Wright and the St Michael’s Singers of Coventry Cathedral. First performance scheduled Saturday 14th November (the 69th anniversary of the bombing of the old cathedral) Orchestration:

(38 mins)
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A new cantata commissioned by the St Michael’s Singers and premiered in Coventry Cathedral on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of the old cathedral in November 1940. Subsequently performed in Stockholm, Sweden. Duration: 44 minutes. Scoring: 2 Fl, 1 Ob, 2Cl, 1 Fag, 1 Tpt, Glock, Timpani, Harp, Strings, Organ, S.A.T.B. Soprano Solo.

This work was commissioned in spring 2008 for a first performance in Coventry Cathedral on Remembrance Day, November 11th 2009.  The theme of the work is reconciliation. This spirit is central to Coventry Cathedral's mission of reconciliation, embodied in the image of the Cross of Nails – a powerful and inspirational symbol of reconciliation and peace. The Cross of Nails, originally fashioned from three medieval roof nails taken from the ruins of the bombed cathedral, was adopted as the cathedral's symbol of its reconciliation ministry. After the Second World War, Crosses of Nails were presented to Kiel, Dresden and Berlin, cities shattered by Allied bombing: out of the ashes grew a trust and partnership between Coventry and the German cities. Today, over 160 'centres' in the UK and around the world seek to further peace in their localities in association with Coventry Cathedral, united by this symbol and known as 'The Community of the Cross of Nails'. This movement has no boundaries: it may focus on issues of politics, race, religion, economics, sexual orientation, or personal issues: it can have broad and far-reaching, national consequences, or it can make just a small – but significant – difference to people's lives.

After first evoking the dark despair of human suffering, the text brings together the aspirations of great humanitarians from around the world – Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others – linked by the words of St Paul and St John, and finally given a single focus in Christ's new commandment "that ye love one another as I have loved you".  Significantly, the message is first understood and taken up by children – their voices rise up in many languages, but all are expressing the same thought – and their tiny candle-lights and youthful voices gradually lead into a joyful swelling song of forgiveness, literally spelling out the message in a Sonnet of Reconciliation, followed by the beautiful and evocative words of the poet Siegfried Sassoon:  "Everyone suddenly burst out singing ... everyone was a bird, and the song was wordless: the singing will never be done."

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Symphony No 4 - Gustav Mahler (2016)

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Te Deum Laudamus (1997)

SATB chorus, S.T. soloists, Full Orchestra (31')
Three Choirs Festival Commission
Full Score/Orchestral Parts available for hire
Vocal Score
(30 mins)


Te Deum Laudamus (2003)

commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of St Benedict's Abbey, Subiaco, Arkansas, USA
Tenor and Bass Choir, 2 organs, Flute, Oboe, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Harp, Strings
First performed at Subiaco, 21 March 2003
(40 mins)


The Sounding Sea - a Cornish Cantata (2009)

Commissioned by the Wadebridge Choral Society, Cornwall. Texts by Sir John Betjeman
First performance scheduled Saturday 24th April, 2010 at St Endellion, Cornwall
Orchestration: 2.2-2-2 -timp.perc-hp-str-org. SATB. Childrens’ Choir. Tenor Soloist.

(36 mins)

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