David Palmer (b. 1997) is a London-based composer and pianist specialising in contemporary music. He read music at Oxford University, graduating with a first-class BA in 2019 and he was a former President of the Oxford University Music Society. As an award winning composer David’s compositions for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain have been performed in major UK venues.
The Steinway concert piano chosen and hired by the T S Eliot Estate is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.
Judith Weir The Art of Touching the Keyboard (1983) [c. 10′]
Peter Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness (1980) [c. 5′]
John Cage Dream (1948) [c. 8′ 30]
Thomas Adès Darkness Visible (1992) [c. 7′ 30]
Harrison Birtwistle Précis (1959) [c. 4′ 30]
Olivier Messiaen Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, IV Regard de la Vierge (1944) [c. 6′]
John Cage 4’33” (1952)
The Parish of St Vedast is known from the 12th century, and the church is traditionally claimed to have been established by 1170. It has been altered, enlarged and restored many times and probably rebuilt at least twice, the last time by Christopher Wren, after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Having been completely burnt out during the Blitz of World War II, the church was restored under the direction of its Rector, Canon Mortlock, and a very influential Parochial Church Council that included Poet Laureate John Betjeman and master organ builder, Noel Mander.