Music by Douglas Bell


Carson Cooman has championed the music of English composer Douglas Bell (b. 1932) and has made recordings of a number of his organ compositions.

Douglas Bell served as organist of St. Bartholomews Church, Marsden, near Huddersfield, England from 1955 until 2003. He was a student of Francis Jackson and holds a Fellowship certificate from the Royal College of Organists. Bell has composed and published many organ works. In addition to his musical pursuits, Bell played professional cricket for the teams of Huddersfield, Marsden, and Elland.

The organ music of Douglas Bell is published by animus Music Publishing (Cumbria, England).


Carson has recorded numerous pieces by Bell that can be listened to online at Contrebombarde Concert Hall (online listening stream links), or YouTube (full playlist), or downloaded as MP3 files.

Ayre (2011)
Published by animus Music Publishing in “False Relations”
Online listening stream / MP3

Chorale and Dance (2013)
Published by animus Music Publishing
Online listening stream / MP3

Dorian Chorale (2012)
Online listening stream / MP3
Dance of the Gargoyles (2012)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by animus Music Publishing in “Organ Club Collection”

Fotheringhay Suite (2011)
1) Mr. Bull’s Sortie (MP3)
2) Mary’s Dumpë (MP3)
3) Royal Tordion (MP3)
4) Lantern Song (MP3)
5) A Hymn for Richard (MP3)
Published by animus Music Publishing
Online listening stream (complete)

A Minstrels’ Gallery (2011)
1) Basse Danse (MP3)
2) Dump (MP3)
3) Tordion (MP3)
4) Branle (MP3)
5) Pavane (MP3)
6) Galliard (MP3)
Published by animus Music Publishing
Online listening stream (complete)

Per organo molto piccolo (2013)
1) Cantique (MP3)
2) Il Flauto mobile (MP3)
3) Dance of the Tritone (MP3)
Published by animus Music Publishing
Online listening stream (complete)

Prelude on a Melody by Hanson Wood (2004)
Published by animus Music Publishing in “Pennine Pieces”
Online listening stream / MP3

Rhapsody on a Theme by Widor (2010)
Published by animus Music Publishing in “Five Miniatures”
Online listening stream / MP3

Shades of a White Rose (2013)
1) Jig (MP3)
2) Epicedium (MP3)
3) Tixover Prelude (MP3)
4) Richard Recalled (MP3)
Published by animus Music Publishing
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Spectrum (Variations on “Winchester New”) (2014)
Online listening stream / MP3
In memoriam: B.C.H. (2014)
Online listening stream / MP3
Halifaxiensis: Paean (2014)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by animus Music Publishing as “Trilogy”

Snetzler in Halifax (2014–15)
1) Trump for Leonard (MP3)
2) Lament (MP3)
3) J.W.’s Lavolta (MP3)
4) A Verse for Jean (MP3)
5) Jubilate for John (MP3)
Published by animus Music Publishing
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Tristram Remembered (2012–13)
1) Herschel’s Romp
Online listening stream / MP3
2) Aeolian Chorale
Online listening stream / MP3
3) Meditation
Online listening stream / MP3
4) A Tune for Tristram
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by animus Music Publishing

Variations: The Bower (2010)
Published by animus Music Publishing in “Five Miniatures”
Online listening stream / MP3