The illustrious musician D’Arcy Trinkwon is one of the outstanding artists of his generation,
whose fervour and passion embody that of the true Romantic virtuoso in the service of their art.
"His splendid, but nevertheless subtle virtuosity combined with considerable artistic integrity
to demonstrate that he is one of the really great artists of his genre.”
“Trinkwon’s sartorial flamboyance... is almost determinedly at odds with his demeanour when playing;
he is focused, facially undemonstrative, and utterly commanding."
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D'Arcy is a unique musician of scholarship who has conducted his career entirely on his own terms - combining an intuitive sensitivity for the organ with an encyclopedic knowledge of his craft and commanding one of the most extensive repertoires of any artist before the public.
He is respected for his dedication to the organ as a concert instrument as much as his independence of spirit, and has devoted his career to revealing the beauties (and mysteries) of the organ and its music to as wide an audience as possible without musical compromise and with a sense of occasion befitting the 'King of Instruments'.
"The supremely gifted organ virtuoso D’Arcy Trinkwon...
His subtle yet magisterial command of the instrument was spell-binding:
he knows no technical difficulties and his playing was in total accord.”
"So much infectious joy radiates from his performance that purists could suffer severe pangs of guilt."
Alongside his concert career
he is the Organist of Worth Abbey:
Worth Abbey – An English Benedictine monastery in Crawley, England
Worth Abbey Parish – A parish of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
and Organist to the University of West Sussex:
University of Sussex - a leading, research-intensive university
LEEDS CATHEDRAL 22 November 2021
WIDOR Symphonie No.7 in A minor: I - II - VI
RINCK Theme & Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
JACOB Les heures bourguignonnes: VIII. Sous le noyer D'ANTALFFY-ZSIROS Festa Bucolica
Leeds International Concert Season
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Greatly inspired by Demessieux's legacy and remarkable playing since first being drawn to the organ, D’Arcy has also contributed greatly to the renewed interest in her compositions. In 1994 he gave the first complete performance of her famous Six Etudes (other than the composer herself and her pupil Pierre Labric). Subsequently he has given numerous performances and remains one of a handful
of organists to have played the set complete in concert.
Many performances of her works - including some of the Etudes - 4 can be heard in several versions of his performances on his YouTube channel.
A new Toccata...
In January D'Arcy received a new toccata from the French composer Thierry Pallesco and was honoured to receive its dedication. He has previously given the UK premier's of Pallesco's Le salut messianique and Vers toi, Seigneur, j’élève mon âme at Worth Abbey in 2018.
A new Suite...
In 2020 Michael Maxwell Steer completed a virtuoso Suite whose genesis owes itself to a meeting in 2017, and whose composition ran alongside the Brexit controversy. It reflects the ardent Francophile passions and influences of both composer and D'Arcy, both of whom were choristers of Allan Wicks at Canterbury, albeit at different times.
A virtuoso work of movements - Lyonesse and Variations - illuminate new vistas in technique, drama, colour and texture.
2020.... 52nd International Organ Festival of Piacenza: September 2020
A feast of Gallic virtuosity
Having performed series in both 2018 (César Franck & the Sainte-Clotilde Tradition) and 2019 (Brahms - Schumann - Mendelssohn - Liszt), D'Arcy was to return to Arundel in 2020 to present a celebration of the French virtuoso tradition.
Inspired as a starting point by the 150th anniversary of Vierne (1870-1937), each of the four concerts was to present each of the four major works of his pupil Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986). The programmes were also to mark the centenary of Rolande Falcinelli (1920-2020). This remarkable musician - virtuoso performer, composer and pedagogue - remains largely an unsung heroine. In 1954 she succeeded her teacher Dupré as Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatoire, a post she held until 1986.
The series was regrettably cancelled due to Corona Virus
2020 also saw the deaths of three outstanding organists who had each been D'Arcy's mentors at different stages of his development: Jennifer Bate,
Jane Parker-Smith and Odile Pierre.
He wished to pay heartfelt tributes to two of these towering artists: they were published in Choir & Organ.
Jennifer Bate Jane Parker-Smith
For full details see MEDIA page
“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.
It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible,
but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.”
“To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.”
"A musician cannot move unless he too is moved."
C. P. E. BACH
"Every composer and musician writes and makes music in the very likeness of himself."
“To be able to grasp the substance of the music itself is to be willing to begin a never-ending search.”