FROM THE CRITICS

“For sheer colour and finesse in every facet of organ playing, Driskill-Smith will be hard to beat, his mastery of the mechanics of the instrument the best of all of the competitors (in the Calgary International Organ Competition). Elegant and suave in everything he played…”
(Calgary Herald)

“An all-Bach program displayed the stunning prowess of the young organist Clive Driskill-Smith … [his] artistry and flawless craft of the organ were applauded by a full house.”
(Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Examiner, Florida)

“The brilliant 26-year-old British organist … launched his concert with an immediately assured and virtuosic performance of the glittering Fête, op. 51, by the Frenchman Jean Langlais … a performance of considerable beauty … this constantly rewarding concert concluded with an organ show-piece, the arrangement by the British organist Edwin Lemare of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.”
(Canberra Times, Australia)

“A superb recital! It is a privilege to witness a rising star, as he is clearly destined to become.”
(Rochdale Observer, England)

“Driskill-Smith is an exciting player with a formidable technique and a sensitivity of interpretation to match … the performances are so refreshing … the technique is brilliant, the interpretation faultless … Driskill-Smith performs to perfection … this is a first class recording by one of our most gifted younger organists. I hope for more soon. Very highly recommended.”
(The Organ, England)

“Star of a new generation.”
(Evening Standard, London)

“One of the finest artists I have heard in a long time…a stellar recital.”
(Johannesburg Organ Society, South Africa)

“Clive Driskill-Smith not only plays well, he has the ability to speak to the audience clearly, interestingly, and wittily, without either gush or condescension. He won his audience from the start.”
(Organo Pleno, journal of the Society of Organists, Melbourne, Australia)

 “Driskill-Smith was worth making noises about….Performers this good, and programs this interesting, might inspire new passions in ardent concertgoers.”
(Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN)

“Simply dazzles…Technique to burn, but that technique is always employed in the service of his sensitive interpretive artistry.”
(Association of Anglican Musicians Journal)

“In addition to a formidable technique, he has a real gift for registration and brings the best out of an instrument and to the music in hand at the time.”
(Sydney Organ Journal, Australia)

FROM THE PRESENTERS

“One of the most brilliant performances ever at Holy Trinity. His technique is superb and allows his musicianship to speak clearly.”
(Dr. Stephen Hamilton, Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, New York, NY)

“Blazing technique. Unbelievable virtuosity. Astonishing talent. The recital by Clive Driskill-Smith, the young English virtuoso (there’s no getting around the use of that word here), invites a string of superlatives such as one does not often use.”
(Peter Beardsley, Springfield, MA AGO Chapter)

“One of the most talented organists of his generation. His technique is dazzling and his musicianship exemplary. He approaches the literature with an understanding and maturity well beyond his years. In short, he is outstandingly gifted.”
(David Hill, Music Director, Winchester Cathedral, England)

“An organ recital for music-lovers, not just for other organists.”
(Joseph Kucharski, Milwaukee, WI)

“Outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed the entire program.”
(Dr. Sid Smith, Southern Illinois Chapter AGO)

“He is a very charming man with a wonderful rapport with the audience. You could tell he really connected with people and people liked him. His playing was superb but the Duruflé was magnificent!”
(Larry Wheelock, Kenwood United Methodist Church, Milwaukee, WI)

“Certainly one of the most promising young organists before the public today. His concert here was both technically brilliant and totally satisfying musically.”
(Ansley Fleming, First United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR)