Donald Hunt shares his 'Private Passions' with Peter Nardone

Dr Donald Hunt, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral and Conductor of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival from 1975 to 1996, will be sharing some of his favourite music and discussing his performing career with his successor, Peter Nardone, at 7 pm on Tuesday 14 July in the Kings School Boat House, Worcester. The fund-raising evening has been arranged by the Friends of Worcester Three Choirs Festival and includes drinks and a light supper, with an opportunity to enjoy the gardens and beautiful river views around the Boat House.


Dr Hunt was born in Gloucester, where he became a cathedral chorister and articled pupil of the cathedral organist, conductor and composer Dr Herbert Sumsion, to whom he became assistant organist at the age of seventeen. During his time as assistant to Dr Sumsion he was closely involved with the Three Choirs Festival, coming into contact with such luminaries as Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Howells, as well as being introduced to the music of Elgar. It was during this period of his career that he developed a love of choral music and discovered the art of choral training.


Before taking up the post at Worcester, where he was responsible for delivering eight Three Choirs Festivals in addition to his work at the cathedral, Dr Hunt was Director of Music at Leeds Parish Church and conductor and choir trainer of several notable choirs such as the Leeds Philharmonic, the Leeds Festival Chorus and the Halifax Choral Society. During his career he has made many commercial recordings with his various choirs, and as organ recitalist has broadcast regularly and appeared on television.  He has also worked extensively with many of Britain’s leading orchestras and his work has taken him all over Europe and beyond, particularly to South Africa as guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic.


Dr Hunt is also a composer of choral and organ music and has written several books, including an acclaimed biography of S S Wesley and a history of Elgar and the Three Choirs Festival. He is currently working on an autobiography entitled Chorus Master, which is scheduled for publication next year. He is an authority on Elgar and was appointed OBE in 1993 for services to British music.


His other ‘Private Passions’ which may or may not come under discussion in conversation with Dr Nardone are American musicals, cricket, gardening, poetry, Worcester Rugby and Leeds United!


Tickets for the evening cost £20 from 0845 652 1823 or