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Teaching & Pedagogy

With a background that involved working in higher education I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunities to share thoughts, to lecture and to present on a number of topics. These are often musical, but I also talk to groups about the intersection of the visual arts and classical music, most especially religious music and art.

In an age where symbols are as culturally sensitive as ever, relating the past appropriately to the present seems vital. With fewer and fewer people attending Christian churches in some of the Western traditions, the cultural connections between what one sees in those environments and, for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Medieval and Renaissance collections, seem to be diminishing, and I enjoy sharing some of my own passion for this world with others. Conversely, examining the rise of support for other churches in the West points to a trend which has arisen in my lifetime, and I enjoy looking at worlds and traditions that have all but disappeared in a relatively short period of time.

My interest in organ pedagogy emerged while studying with John Wellingham whose beautiful teaching on organ touch has remained with me. At Yale it was a privilege to study with Dr Martin Jean and Professor Thomas Murray, and, indeed, to study alongside students who have become world-class artists.

“David Davies is unusually gifted as a teacher of adults. I have had organ lessons with David for almost a year and he knows how to build confidence and a sound technique. David’s holistic approach to organ teaching is inspirational: he works around every aspect of performance to achieve a really high standard and, what is more, it is really fun!”

Writing

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The account of the history of organs and organists at Exeter Cathedral, written by Malcolm Walker and me, was released in 2014.

 You can buy it here.