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The Organ Is Dancing


Tue 29 Nov 2016, 7:30pm–8:50pm

Where: St Paul's Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: KempEnglish

Music lovers in Dunedin are in for a rare treat in November as internationally renowned concert organist Kemp English brings his stunning new state-of-the-art touring organ to the City for the very first time. The concert will also feature the cathedral’s magnificent Henry Willis III pipe organ.

There are few contemporary composers on the world stage today who could possibly provide enough variety and interest in their music to sustain a whole concert programme. But one such maestro is the quirky Norwegian Mons Leidvin Takle, whose inspirational and approachable, jazz and blues influenced works are taking the world by storm.

One of Takle’s biggest fans is New Zealand concert organist Kemp English who has recently become the first performer (apart from the composer himself) to record a CD devoted to these glorious organ works. Kemp is currently promoting the CD (The Organ is Dancing) with concerts worldwide.

In July he presented a concert in Montpellier Cathedral in the South of France with the composer in attendance and received a standing ovation for his performances of Do not let your life be a time of waiting, A world full of possibilities, Heart of Peace and the other twelve works on the programme. A particular highlight was giving the world premiere of Emotions - a work Mons Leidvin Takle has dedicated to Kemp.

As Kemp and the touring organ’s console will be centre stage at St Paul’s Cathedral, everyone will have a bird’s eye view of the performance. With the ability to sound like an English, French or German cathedral pipe organ, combined with a myriad of solo orchestral colours, join the mounting audiences up and down the country who are being blown away by this amazing instrument and performer.

Admission by programme.

“It is hard not to enjoy the music of Mons Takle (b1942, Norway) with its combination of driving energy, delightful lyrical passages, the judicious use of repeated motifs and an approachable harmonic repertoire... This is a CD to be enjoyed. Thoroughly recommended.” - (New Zealand Organ News)

“Stunning performance! Kemp English’s passion for performance created an instant connection with the audience. The showmanship of this classically trained musician was captivating... Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been to.” - (Nelson Mail)

“Dr. English radiated enthusiasm. There was not a weak moment in the recital: every piece was played with impressive assurance and flair."

“This was a powerful concert which demonstrated the vast capacity of Dr English’s digital instrument (as well as the skill of the man who played it). It was an event which will long be remembered by those who were there.” - (River City Press, Whanganui)

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

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.

English is an honours graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. 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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