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.
He is also one of the few organists who has followed their career solely at the organ.
"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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A musician of scholarship, he combines an intuitive sensitivity for the organ with an encyclopaedic knowledge of his craft, and he commands one of the most extensive repertoires of any artist before the public - a part of which is reflected in the unparalleled scope of his YouTube channel.
Respected for his dedication to the organ as a concert instrument as much as his independence of spirit, he 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."
Worth Abbey Pilgrims Festival
On Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2022 Worth Abbey welcomed hundreds of visitors old and new to its Pilgrims Festival. As part of
the day's events D'Arcy gave a recital:
Music Inspired by the Catholic Mass
Jeanne Demessieux Te Deum, Op.11
Odile Pierre Quatre Pèlerinages à la Vierge, Op.2 : I-II
Tournemire Fantaisie-improvisation sur l’Ave Maris Stella
Tournemire Choral-improvisation sur le Victimae Paschali
Giroud Toccata pour l’Élévation
Over the years, he has given UK premiers of many of Karlsen's works, including:
Orgelsymfoni No.1: Kings College Cambridge, 2007
Vision, Op.81 : Canterbury Cathedral, 2011
Orgelsymfoni No.1 : Kings College Cambridge, 2007
Meditations on Revelations, Op.155 : Worth Abbey, 2016
You can hear the UK premier performance of Sinfonia Arctandriae, Op.105
given at Westminster Abbey in 2007 here.
Recently streamed live concerts now showing on YouTube include
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 and phenomenally demanding Six Etudes (other than the composer herself and her pupil Pierre Labric). Subsequently he has given numerous performances: he remains one of only a handful of organists to play the set 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.
2020.... 52nd International Organ Festival of Piacenza: September 2020
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.”