Director of Music
Dr David Flood is the Master of the Cathedral Choristers and the Cathedral Organist, and as such is responsible for every aspect of the Cathedral’s music programme. David has been Organist and Master of the Choristers since 1988, having previously been Organist of Lincoln Cathedral. Prior to that he had been Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He has been a key participant in four Enthronements of Archbishops and two Lambeth conferences, but it is the daily sequence of sung services which is his pride and joy. He is an Hon Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham. He was awarded an honorary DMus by the University of Kent in 2001. He is much in demand for choral workshops around the world.
David Flood will retire as Organist and Master of the Choristers after the Lambeth Conference in August 2020. The changeover of Organist at Canterbury Cathedral is an ideal time for us to conduct a review of our music provision to ensure that we provide both enhancement to our worship and a fulfilling and rewarding experience for all of our musicians. In order to appoint a successor to Dr Flood who will be clear about our plans for the future of music at the Cathedral, we intend to delay starting the recruitment and appointment process until mid-2020 for a new organist to take up post in 2021. In the meanwhile, David Newsholme, our very experienced Assistant Organist (since 2011), will take up the role of Acting Organist from August 2020, ably assisted by Adrian Bawtree and Jamie Rogers