About David

If, during his performance on the organ at church, any one near him coughed, sneezed, or blew his nose with violence, he would instantly quit the instrument and run out of church, seemingly in the greatest pain and terror, crying out that it was old scratch who tormented him and played on his creation. About the year 1737, on account of his occasional insanity, he was superseded at St. George's church by the late Mr. Keeble, an excellent organist, intelligent teacher and a worthy man. The harmony in the voluntaries is rendered intolerably harsh and ungrateful by a licentious and extravagant modulation, and a more frequent use of the sharp third and flat sixth, than any composer with whose works I am at all acquainted, not excepting Dr. Blow; and his double fugues are so confused by the too close succession of unmarked subjects, that it is impossible, at the end of the performance, to remember what they are.

“Exquisite playing….breathtaking.”

(Choir & Organ, London)

Highly-educated musicians are now nearly as prevalent as poorly-trained ones, but Baskeyfield is clearly an artist whose gifts warrant the plaudits he has received to date… a commendably intuitive musical mind.
-Voix des Arts

“That David Baskeyfield was the clear winner does no disservice to the others; he simply played with more confidence, communication and dash.”
-Jonathan Ambrosino, Choir and Organ

“This 31-year-old Englishman plays with clarity and rhythmic verve. His dashing red tie and matching socks (the latter apparent in big-screen projections of the pedalboard) were somewhat at odds with his entirely modest way of taking a bow.”
-Montreal Gazette

“The heavy-duty program, played entirely from memory, progressed from Bach through Mozart and Liszt to a substantial representation of the French “symphonic” school of organ music… There was plenty of flair, and impressive command of registration changes, in both the Liszt Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H and César Franck’s B minor Choral. Louis Vierne’s Impromptu bubbled along fluently, and it’s hard to imagine a more commanding performance of the Final from the composer’s Sixth Symphony. Baskeyfield’s feet flew flawlessly up and down the pedalboard in one of the trickiest pedal parts in the organ repertory.”
-Dallas Morning News

“Baskeyfield is setting the world on fire at this point. He’s probably our youngest performer this year… It was so good, by the intermission I went back to my office, and I asked him if he would come back next year.”
-Kilgore News Herald