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Malcolm Kemp

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    Brighton, East sussex
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    Organ teaching and performing, choral conductor and voice coach.

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  1. Organ Recital by Malcolm Kemp Monday 2nd November, 1pm St Saviour's church, South Street, Eastbourne Retiring Collection - coffee and biscuits available afterwards. Programme Franck - Chorale No. 3 in A minor Purcell - Voluntarty in Dminor for Double Organ J S Bach - Prelude and Fugue in B minor Howells - Rhapsody in Dflat Reger - Melodia in Bflat Vierne - Final from Symphony No 1.
  2. Three things you should never, ever do with blogs: (a) write them ( read them © attach any credence to them. Malcolm
  3. St Saviour's Church, South Street, Eastbourne. Monday 3rd November at 1pm Retiring Collection and light refreshments. Malcolm Kemp (organ) Elgar First movement, Allegro Maestoso, from Sonata No 1 in G major Howells Master Tallis's Testament Mozart Fantasia in F minor and major (KV 594) Reger Benedictus in Dflat Langlais Cantilene from Suite Breve Widor First movement, Allegro, from Symphony No 6.
  4. Latest from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25472942 Malcolm
  5. Almost ironic that this should be happening at the same time that St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, whose own music department has had such a sad recent past, is relaunching and enlarging its music foundation and outreach to the community in such a big way under a supportive Dean. Malcolm
  6. Monday 6th August 1pm in St Saviour's Eastbourne Organ recital by Malcolm Kemp Admission Free; light refreshments afterwards Programme - J S Bach Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor Durufle Prelude and Fugue on ALAIN Vaughan Williams Prelude on Rhosymedre Franck Chorale No 1 in Emajor
  7. I think Common Praise is by far the best hymn book for almost any mainstream C of E parish. Superb and catering for most degrees of churchmanship. If you want Office Hymns, Propers etc., you need the OLD English hymnal which is far more comprehensive than NEH and has better plainchant accompaniments. If you are very Anglo Catholic then The Catholic Hymn Book which Paddy Russill edited for the London Oratory is extremely good and it is still possible to pick up second hand copies of the old and trusty Mirfield Mission Hymn Book. I would avoid any books published by certain firms I w
  8. ...................And neither would any that I play for! Malcolm
  9. The boys' singing in this chorus from the St John Passion is absolutely and movingly beautiful. Quite different from the sound that, for example, John Birch used to get from his Chichester boys which was equally moving and beautiful, but the fact that two very different sounds are both so wonderful doesn't detract in any way from either. Thank you MM for posting this most recent link. Malcolm
  10. Thanks, Vox. For anyone who has any involvement with teaching or musical direction of any kind I would recommend in the strongest terms that, if you buy nothing else from GIA you get and read the quite small and short book "The Musician's Soul" by James Jordan which talks about all this and also spends a lot of time on mimetics as defined by Rene Girard. There are some very moving and personal appendix chapters written by three of his colleagues. Another, non-musical, book I have only recently discovered although it seems to be quite a cult publicaton, albeit less readable is "The Coura
  11. The books are quite expensive but the DVDs and videos are not and usually arrive quite quickly. I'm very happy to discuss with Vox H over the phone sometime if he wants to; he knows where to locate my phone numbers. Let's give a very simple and obvious example which, now I think of it, ties with my own organ teaching technique. Suppose you regularly make a choir of any standard or composition rehearse every verse of every hymn and go over every tiny aspect of every verse in detail the most likely result, frankly, is that within three weeks you won't have a choir and very likely you wil
  12. It has recently been pointed out to me, in a book by James Jordan of Westminster Choir College of Rider University that, historically, choral conducting has been around far longer than orchestral conducting, having grown out of the art of chironomy which is more a horizontal style rather than a vertical one and also that the human voice, where the sound comes from within the performer, has different physiological needs to people playing an (external) instrument. Good point. I hope nobody is silly enough to think that by conducting an average sized church or chamber choir exactly the same w
  13. I have a DVD which includes this 1954 carol service, the televised 2000 one and a lovely conversation between messrs Ledger, Willcocks and Cleobury. It's worth getting the DVD to hear this conversation. I also have a CD of Kings under Boris Ord singing Evensong to music by Stanford and Hadley. I cannot for the life of me understand why nostalgists claim that Kings under Ord was good; on this film of 1954 (the first Kings carol service ever to be televised) to me both the men and boys are awful. The solo boy in Once in Royal is Rodney Williams who ended up as senior lay clerk at Westmin
  14. St Barry's high standards! I have confess that I have never come across anyone who by any remote stretch of the imagination could be called both "Saint" and "Barry". Now, Bruno, on the other hand, founded the Monastery of La Grande Chartreuse. Sounds a much more worthy cause for canonisation. Malcolm
  15. Having seen the work of Mr Stewen on another website used by a number of members of this Board I bought his book on The Straube Code. I ordered it from his own website and it arrived very quickly. I can highly recommend it. Very short - 33 pages - but packed with useful information and insights. Malcolm I hope you don't mind if I post another, very interesting (and IMNSHO a very fine) performance of the Reger Toccata in D minor Op.59: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZzQzrVJhfw There's more on the website in the commentary.
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