Kurt Rampton - Organ
Friday 31 January 2014 • 7:30pm
Followed by AGM at 8:30pm
Preceding the Music Society`s A.G.M, the young organist Kurt Rampton displayed his very gifted abilities in a programme starting with J.S.Bach's E flat Prelude & Fugue BWV552 and continuing with a "Voluntary in G" by Purcell. Using the foot pedals only there then followed the "Poco Adagio" from C.P.E.Bach's Sonata in A. Then the very attractive "Aria" from "Six Pieces" by W.S.Lloyd Webber, and to finish, a virtuoso performance of the "Carillon" from "Seven Pieces" by Marcel Dupré.
All were played with assurance and musicality, but perhaps sometimes lacking in clear articulation, but the most impressive aspect of his performance was that the whole programme was played from memory, a feat which we seldom experience with organists.
Kurt began studying organ at the age of 11 with Stephen Lacey from which he proceeded to Roland Robertson, Gaining the Associate and Licentiate of Trinity College London under his teaching whilst holding the post as Musician in Residence at Hayesfield School Bath. Kurt now has a scholarship at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Henry Fairs. He holds an award from the Elstead Millennium Education Fund and has further support from the North Hampshire Organists Association (NHOA). He currently has a shared post at St. Agnes Moseley as is planning to sit FTCL next year.
Kurt’s compositional portfolio comprises of over 200 works, with instrumentation ranging from solo pieces to full-scale symphonic forms. His compositions have been performed a number of times, notably the performance of Ruins of Leiston. He has an interest in innovating techniques and harmonic language.
He has recently received a grant from the Incorporated Association of Organists Benevolent Fund and has taken up the position of a corresponding member of the NHOA.