Organist celebrates 30 years as the man behind the Cathedral’s music

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Dr David Flood at the keys to the organ

David Flood celebrates 30 years as the organist at Canterbury Cathedral this month.

Known as the man behind the music at the Cathedral, Dr Flood is the only one among his predecessors to have either played or directed music for the enthronements of four Archbishops of Canterbury.

The organist also played in front of a worldwide audience which tuned in to watch Pope John Paul II make his historic visit to Canterbury in 1982.

Dr Flood said: “The daily round of sung services is the greatest joy. Performing great music in a great place with your friends on a daily basis cannot be beaten.”

He first came to Canterbury 40 years ago when he was appointed assistant organist, a post he held for eight years.

In 1986 he moved to become organist and Master of the Choristers at Lincoln Cathedral, but two years later he was back in Canterbury taking over from Dr Allan Wicks.

Dr Flood has been responsible for the music at thousands of services and for numerous recordings, broadcasts, 18 albums or CDs. David has also been responsible for nurturing the talent of more than 200 choristers.

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