David M. Patrick who was born in Devonshire, England, is one of the most brilliant British organists of this time. He pursued his musical education at the Royal College of Music with distinction winning the Stuart Prize for organ in 1967 and going on to gain the coveted Walford Davies Prize the following year. This award brought him prestigious recitals at both Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral as well as the honour of being presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
His early decision to specialize in the romantic and modern French repertoire followed logically from his impulse to accept the highest technical and artistic challenges which the organ presents. Perceiving the unjustified neglect of its composers in the period between Franck and Messiaen, he has successfully pioneered the works of Widor, Vierne and Duruflé in his critically acclaimed commercial recordings and BBC (English National Radio) recitals. Of particular note were his Buckfast Abbey recordings of the Suite Op. 5 of Maurice Duruflé in 1976 and, in 1978, the Symphonie No. 6 by Louis Vierne.
His recording of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé, made in Coventry Cathedral in 1996 and released worldwide on the leading British label, ASV, was listed as a Critics Choice of the Year by the BBC Music Magazine in 1997. (See below for further details.) More recently, he has recorded “French Organ Masterworks” at Gloucester Cathedral (Sanctuary Classics).
At the same time, David M.Patrick continues to give public concerts. He has performed at many major venues in Great Britain, in the United States of America, Canada, and ten of the eleven Norwegian Domkirkes as well as four concerts in Reykjavik on the world famous Klais organ of the Hallgrimskirkja. Future plans include further recordings.
David held a position of Kantor in the Norwegian Church from September 1996 until December 2012. He was based in Fauske in the County of Nordland. David returned to Exeter at the beginning of 2013. In January 2018 David was elected a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.