Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

David Gedge (12 March 1939 – 2 July 2016)

4:24, 11th July 2016

Organist David Gedge died on 2 July 2016 aged 77.

He made a huge impact on church music, choral training and encouraging young talent, with a particular interest in helping disadvantaged youths.

Born in London, Gedge sang in Southwark Cathedral Choir from 1947 to 1962. He sang the part of Nicholas in Britten’s St Nicholas at its first London performance and, as a treble, sang at the coronation of the Queen at Westminster Abbey.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, he embarked on a career in church music and choral conducting.

He was appointed organist and choirmaster at Selby Abbey in 1962, and was awarded the Turpin Prize in the same year upon achieving his FRCO.

He became organist and choirmaster of Brecon Cathedral in 1966, a position he held for more than 40 years.

Gedge and his wife Hazel Davies were the longest serving husband-and-wife cathedral organists in the UK to stay in one place.

He wrote two autobiographies: A Country Cathedral Organist Looks Back and More From a Country Cathedral Organist.

His honours included an MBE, a fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music,  a fellowship of the Royal Schools of Church Music and a RWCMD fellowship.

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