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Stormin' Norma


Sun 27 Nov 2016, 2:30pm–4:30pm

Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, 28 Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Senior: $20.00
  • Child/Student: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: KempEnglish

Music lovers in Christchurch are in for a rare treat in November as internationally renowned concert organist Kemp English brings his stunning new state-of-the-art digital touring organ to the city for the very first time. Kemp will present a not-to-be-missed programme of delightful selections from the organ’s magnificent repertoire.

It comes hot on the heels from his highly successful tour of the UK (Tewkesbury Abbey, Chester Cathedral, Hull City Hall, Lancaster Town Hall etc) and concerts in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Montpellier Cathedral. Kemp will also play the beautifully restored Knox Church pipe organ.

Featuring music from his three hugely popular Stormin’ Norma CDs (recorded on the Dunedin Town Hall organ) and his very latest disc ‘The Organ is Dancing’ which has featured on Radio New Zealand Concert and the BBC, there will be something for every musical taste.

In his inimitable way, Kemp will introduce and perform works by Bach, Smart, Dubois, Saint-Saëns, Rawsthorne, Lithgow, Joplin and Lefébure-Wély and showcase a selection of magical works by the contemporary Norwegian composer, Mons Leidvin Takle. As Kemp and the digital organ’s console will be center stage, everyone will have a bird’s eye view of the pyrotechnics! Join the mounting audiences up and down the country who are being blown away by this amazing instrument and performer.

“Stunning performance! Kemp English’s passion for performance created an instant connection with the audience. The showmanship of this classically trained musician was captivating... English has a magical way of combining quirky commentaries with humorous anecdotes about composers... Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been to.” - Nelson Mail

“I don't think I have ever been to a concert before where the performer has had the whole audience in convulsions of laughter between items of outstanding technical and musical panache.”

“Dr. English radiated enthusiasm. There was not a weak moment in the recital: every piece was played with impressive assurance and flair... It was an event which will long be remembered by those who were there." - River City Press, Whanganui

Comments from audience members:
"Impeccable rhythm."
"A must hear."
"Come again."
"A great entertainer and a fine musician - get him back."

"The music proves vivacious and soulful, and English’s playing is always engaging, often brilliant and electrifying. Outstanding." - BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“English is a top-notch musician.” - New Zealand Herald

Dr. Kemp English is one of the gems of the organ concert stage. Although based in New Zealand, he is much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist, and specialist fortepiano exponent worldwide - relishing the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods. His solo CDs include the Stormin’ Norma trilogy on the magnificent Dunedin Town Hall organ, Schwammerl and Kemp English at the Fortepiano, in addition to several discs with violin duo partner Robin Wilson (Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music) which appeared on the Decca label with Universal Music.

Kemp has been nominated for 'Best Classical Album' in the NZ Music Awards and features regularly on Radio New Zealand, the ABC, BBC Radio, Classic FM UK and USA radio networks. He has performed on TVNZ and was featured in the popular American cable television programme 'The Most Extreme'. He is a freelance musician who tours Australasia and Europe extensively as both a solo and collaborative performer.

English is an honour's graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London and later completed a Master of Arts in Music Performance at the University of York. In 2001 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), in recognition of his distinguished performing career. He gained a PhD from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2014 and records for the Naxos label.

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