“A joy to watch and hear…”
“David Davies is one of the finest performers, accompanists, and musical interpreters of our time. He possesses that rare combination of technical mastery and ubiquitous flexibility; with an almost supernatural ability to breath new life through any instrument in any setting. A joy to watch and hear, he is simply not to be missed!”
It is always rewarding to travel to play at different venues to new audiences, and I hope to offer concert programmes that are varied and which contain something for everyone.
In 2017 I visited Malta to give a concert to inaugurate the new Gallo/Farley organ at the Church of St John the Baptist, Xewkija, Gozo. The church is a remarkable twentieth century copy – in Gozitan stone – of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, and stands as a testament of faith and community in a small village where one would not expect ordinarily to find such a grand church. It epitomises the strength, mission, common purpose and friendliness of the Maltese Church, and it has been a privilege to have an ongoing connection with the clergy, musicians and congregation of this wonderful place.
“To listen to a reading in the Church’s liturgy and then recreate the reading on the organ is a gift that David Davies has honed from his considerable skill and versatility in improvisation and virtuoso playing. This has been deepened by his intellectual breadth of understanding of music history and art. Here is someone who never allows himself to get in the way of his music making and yet paradoxically, when David plays, excitement and intensity increases. He makes friends through his natural gentleness and unassuming manner. This, for me, brings a deep spirituality, feeding many by his musicianship as an act of service.”
(Rt Revd Martin Shaw, former Bishop of Argyll and The Isles)
In addition to performing and accompanying, the art of improvisation has always held a fascination. I have been fortunate to have the opportunities to develop this both liturgically and on the concert platform.