Francis Chapelet

FrancisChapeletFrancis Chapelet began organ studies at the École César Franck, studying with Édouard Souberbielle. He continued his studies at the CNSMD in Paris where he earned First Prizes in Harmony (class of Maurice Duruflé), organ and improvisation (class of Rolande Falcinelli).

In 1964 he was named cotitulaire of the organ at the Église Saint-Séverin in Paris, a position which he held for twenty year and where he remains titulaire honoraire.
He created the organ class at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux where he taught until 1996.

Chapelet, Francis, Livre d’improvisation et d’accompagnement, éditions Les presses de la Double, 2002, 68 pages.
Chapelet, Francis, L’Œuvre pour orgue (volume 1 : Pièces et improvisations dans l’esthétique classique, volume 2 : Pièces et improvisations dans le style modal et contemporain), éditions Delatour, 2013.


Orgues De Grignan
While the top of the listing indicates this is an audio CD, the description indicates it is a vinyl record!
It includes both a composition and improvisation by Francis Chapelet.

Collection “Orgues Historiques” : Covarrubias réf: HMO n°7 Improvisations et Correa de Arauxo, Cabanilles…
Collection “Orgues Historiques” : Salamanque réf: n°10 Improvisations
Collection “Orgues Historiques” : Frederiksborg – Sweelink et improvisations Réf: HM n°16
Collection “Orgues Historiques” : Tolède – Improvisations réf: HM 4519.1.24
Collection “Orgues Historiques” : Trujillo – Improvisations réf: HM 4511 n° 18
Collection “Orgues Historiques” : Lisbonne – Improvisations réf: HM 4517 n° 1.22
Abbatiale Sainte Croix de Bordeaux – Orgue Dom Bedos – F.Couperin, Grigny, Guilain, Dandrieu et improvisation

Francis Chapelet – Improvisation sur ‘Ay triste que vengo’ – Frechilla
Francis Chapelet – Improvisation – Albi
Francis Chapelet – Présentation de l’orgue Castillan Majorquin
Francis Chapelet – Trois improvisations sur l’Evangile – Menesterol
Francis Chapelet – Improvisación final concierto – Torre de Juan Abad
Francis Chapelet – Obertura Improvisada – Torre de Juan Abad
Francis Chapelet – Improvisations – Cathédrale de Salamanca
Francis Chapelet – Improvisations – São Vicente de Fora, Lisbonne

Duncan Middleton

DuncanMiddletonDuncan Middleton studied improvisation in Bordeaux and Lourdes with particular emphasis on liturgical and concert improvisation. Since 1989, he has been Organiste Titulaire at the French church of Notre Dame de France, Leicester Place, London. He will teach at the London Organ Improvisation Course in 2014.

DVD & Blu-ray:

The Grand Organ of Notre Dame de France
Includes improvisations of a 4-movement Mass, and a theme and six variations on a traditional French hymn, as well as a narrated demonstration of rare stops, the pedal divide facility, and the organ in general.
More information about the film can be found at:

Duncan Middleton – Improvisation on ‘Jubilate Deo’ – Notre Dame de France, London

Jean-Baptiste Dupont


Born in 1979, Jean-Baptiste Dupont began his musical studies at the piano. He discovered the organ later, at the age of 12 and began organ studies at the Institute of Sacred Music of Toulouse. He graduated with distinction from the organ departement at the Conservatoire in Toulouse. His teachers have included Michel Bouvard, Louis Robilliard, Philippe Lefebvre, Jan Willem Jansen and Thérèse Dussaut. He received the 1st prize (improvisation) in St-Albans international competition in July 2009.

In April 2012, Jean-Baptiste Dupont became the organist of the Bordeaux Cathedral.

YouTube Channel:

Jean-Baptiste Dupont – improvisation on the paintings of M.K.Churlionis
Jean-Baptiste Dupont – Symphonie improvisée playlist- St-Joseph, Bonn Beuel (Germany)
Jean-Baptiste Dupont – Improvisation at St-John the Divine, New York, NY