DARIUS BATTIWALLA

Playing

Darius took up the post of Leeds City Organist in 2017, programming the very successful Town Hall recital series and giving regular solo concerts. Recent performances include the Saint-Saens “Organ” symphony with the CBSO, and recitals at Durham Cathedral and the Grand Temple of Freemasons Hall in London, as well as the premiere of Cinema by Philip Wilby, composed for Darius to perform with the Black Dyke Band, and a gala concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow conservatoire. This year sees recitals at the cathedrals of Coventry, Lichfield, Ripon and Lincoln.

He has appeared as soloist with the Halle - most recently in a live broadcast of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with Sir Mark Elder - and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a regular orchestral organist and pianist for the BBC Philharmonic and Halle orchestras. As a pianist, he gives regular chamber concerts with members of the Manchester orchestras, and on the harpsichord he has played continuo with many UK orchestras, and performed and broadcast harpsichord concertos: most recently soloist in Frank Martin’s Harpsichord Concerto for the Northern Ballet Theatre.

Darius taught organ and improvisation for many years at the RNCM, and is teaching on this year’s Royal College of Organists summer course.