David Adams studied organ and harpsichord in Dublin, Freiburg and Amsterdam, winning prizes at international competitions in Speyer, Lüneburg, Bruges and Dublin. Since his début recital at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, at the age of 16, he has performed throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, and is a regular guest at major international festivals.
He is much in demand as an ensemble player in the fields of Early and contemporary music and has premiered many new works, including works by Gerald Barry, John Buckley, Raymond Deane, Donnacha Dennehy, Gráinne Mulvey, Jonathan Nangle, Kevin O’Connell, Kevin Volans, Jennifer Walsh, Sebastian Adams and numerous compositions written specially for him. In addition to solo CDs recorded on the organs of Trinity College Dublin and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, he has recorded for Naxos, Black Box and Wergo. Recently he recorded CDs of eighteenth-century Irish music (with Bill Dowdall) and works by Benjamin Dwyer (with Maya Homburger and Barry Guy).
David has taught at conservatories in Freiburg, Berlin and The Hague, and now lectures in organ and harpsichord at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where he is also Head of the Early Music Dept. As part of his work in RIAM he has directed over 20 opera productions since 2007. In 2007, also, he was awarded a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for his work on Max Reger and Karl Straube.
In the last five years David has given organ recitals in Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands and New York. Since Covid-19 landed David has performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, recorded for Kaleidoscope and directed the opera La serva padrona by Pergolesi for RIAM. He also gave the opening recital of the Pipeworks Festival in June 2020 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, marking its 40th anniversary.
This programme comprises Bach's Schübler Chorales and pieces by composers associated with St Clotilde in Paris. It is in memory of Anne Leahy, Bach scholar and organist of St Michael's Church, Dún Laoghaire 1983–2006, and David Connolly, Tournemire scholar and organist of St Michael's 2006–2020.
Charles Tournemire (1870–1939)
Choral Improvisation sur le Victimae Paschali laudes (1931) transcribed by Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Six Chorales in various styles (the Schübler Chorales)
1. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645
2. Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 646
Jean Langlais (1907–1991)
from Neuf pièces
André Fleury (1903–1995)
from Prélude, Andante et Toccata (1931)
Johann Sebastian Bach
4. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648
5. Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 649
Gabriel Pierné (1863–1937)
from Trois pièces Op. 29
Johann Sebastian Bach
3. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten BWV 647
6. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter BWV 650
César Franck (1822–1890)
from Six pièces pour grand orgue
Final, Op. 21