Kemp English

Kemp English is one of New Zealand’s leading concert performers. Renowned as an exuberant entertainer, he is much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist and specialist fortepiano exponent, relishing the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods.

You will find details of Kemp’s solo CD recordings (including sound files) and collaborations, reviews, biographical information and sample programmes on the pages that follow. If you are organising a concert involving Kemp, you may find the gallery, reviews and programme pages useful.

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Groundbreaking New Release on Naxos Premium Label 2013

The CD will be available in the UK the last week of September, elsewhere in Europe throughout October, and for North America the last Tuesday in October. You can expect it in Asia Pacific late October/early November. Subsequent volumes of this debut 50 sonata series will be released every two months.


"It is hard to believe that the keyboard music of Leopold Koželuch – Mozart’s esteemed contemporary and rival – has hardly seen the light of day for well over 200 years. With the help of Christopher Hogwood’s new Bärenreiter edition of the complete keyboard sonatas, it has been a fascinating journey bringing all of this marvelous music to life in a recorded format." – Kemp English

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School of Music’s organ gets a stunning shakeup

Cawthron Organ Showtime. Kemp English, Sunday 11th July 2010, Nelson School of Music. Reviewed by Andrea Campkin. Nelson Mail, Monday 12th July 2010.

Stunning performance! Kemp English’s passion for performance created an instant connection with the audience. The showmanship of this classical musician was captivating.

English had a magical way of combining quirky commentaries with humorous anecdotes about composers. This kept the audience engaged and educated on the history of each piece performed.

Either side of the organ were large screens displaying projections of the keyboards and pedal board. Being able to watch English’s hands and feet working certainly helped to bring the show to life. He made the co-ordination of limbs and fingers in different directions look easy while creating a magnificent sound.

The repertoire performed was from a wide range of genres which demonstrated the scope of the pipe organ and his significant skill. Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), Maple Leaf Rag, Strauss, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and a personal favourite Blues-Toccata by contemporary Norwegian composer, Mons Leidvin Takle. This pipe organ Blues-Toccata created quite a novel sound, something of a mix between concert organ and acid jazz.

Overall, a superb performance in which an exceptionally skilled musician and performer brought back-to-life this wonderfully historic instrument. Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

CDs of this acclaimed performer playing the Dunedin Town Hall organ “Norma” are available.

September brings another opportunity to hear the Nelson School of Music pipe organ, with world-acclaimed Carlo Curley.



Released in November 2009

“Superbly atmospheric ... Schubert has rarely sounded so passionate and lyrical ... a lovely disc and one to treasure”
- The Press

“Superb disc ... capturing the sounds of Schubert’s time like an exquisite time capsule”
- The Dominion Post

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