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Recorded on the ‘Father’ Willis organ of Salisbury Cathedral – one of the greatest English romantic organs – this recording of a selection of Herbert Howells’ solo organ music features three rarely recorded works which were published after the composer’s death, together with the four magnificent Rhapsodies, and the large-scale Organ Sonata of 1932.

Howells was assistant organist at Salisbury Cathedral during the year 1917, and the Salisbury Cathedral organ as it is today is virtually unchanged tonally from the instrument the composer knew, making it a perfect and authentic instrument for the recording of his organ music.

After spending a gap year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, David Newsholme read music at New College, Oxford, where he held both an Academic Scholarship and the Organ Scholarship. In 2009 he was appointed Assistant Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, a position that he held until 2011, when he moved to his current postion of Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral.

At Canterbury he has performed at numerous high profile occasions, including the installation service for Archbishop Justin Welby, as well as on frequent television and radio broadcasts.

David studied the organ with David Sanger and the harpsichord with David Ledbetter. He continues his organ studies with Pieter van Dyke at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Gillian Weir. He currently holds the W.T. Best Scholarship, a prestigious award bestowed by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, which provides substantial financial support for his continuing keyboard studies.

Track List

Flourish for a Bidding   
St Louis comes to Clifton    
Intrata no. 2    
Rhapsody, op. 17, no. 1
Rhapsody, op. 17, no. 2
Rhapsody, op. 17, no. 3
Rhapsody no. 4
Sonata (no. 2)
I Vivo, energico ed agitato
II Quasi lento, tranquillo
III Allegro assai

Total playing time 76:44

Production credits

Recorded in Salisbury Cathedral on 1-3 October 2012, by permission of the Dean and Chapter

Recording engineer and producer: Gary Cole.

Edited by Adrian Lucas and Gary Cole

Recording assistant: Timothy Hone

Cover photograph by Tarik O’Regan

Produced with support from The Herbert Howells Trust www.howellstrust.org.uk

Sample audio extracts


‘The 65-stop Willis organ is ideal for this repertoire and Gary Cole’s superb recording does it proud. Listeners and organists who enjoy Howells’s distinctive sound world will find this a rewarding CD’ Gramophone December 2013