Musical Director

David Pipe

David Pipe read Music at Cambridge University as Organ Scholar of Downing College, later studying organ at the Royal Academy of Music. His organ teachers have included David Titterington, Susan Landale and Lionel Rogg.

David has given recitals at major European venues, as well as during tours to the USA; festival performances as soloist have included the Bergen International Festival and the St Albans International Organ Festival.

He appears regularly as organist and conductor on national television and radio, and has made numerous recordings as organist and continuo player, including a solo recording of original organ works and transcriptions by Liszt and Brahms, and a disc of organ music by Huw Morgan. David’s recordings have attracted critical acclaim in the international music press, with the performances described as ‘electrifying’.

David has been Principal Conductor of York Musical Society since 2012; at that time he was Assistant Director of Music at York Minster. He became Director of the Organists’ Training Programme and Cathedral Organist in the Diocese of Leeds in 2016.

He is an examiner and member of the Academic Board of the Royal College of Organists, and is the newly-appointed Head of Organ Studies at the University of Huddersfield. In addition, David is founding Artistic Director of the Leeds International Organ Festival.

He is increasingly in demand as a conductor, workshop leader and adjudicator.

In 2018, David was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, awarded to past students who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to it in their particular field.