Organist

Rupert has given recitals at many major venues across the world:


Westminster Abbey; Sydney Town Hall; Liverpool Cathedral; Wellington Cathedral; the Lambertikirche in Munster; Frankfurt’s Imperial Cathedral; Melbourne Town Hall; The Reid School of Music, Edinburgh University; Oxford Town Hall; St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham; and the Caird Hall Dundee have all resounded to his music-making.

He has given over 500 recitals and is proud that he has never offered the same programme twice. This is because each organ, venue and audience has particular resonances and the skill of an exceptional musician is to meld all the competing factors into a satisfying whole. His repertoire is truly vast: major organ composers such as Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Messiaen and Sweelinck are all represented in his concerts, but he also has performed, broadcast and recorded works by lesser known figures such as Bacewicz, Demessieux, Dupre, Durufle, dello Joio, Jolivet, Kagel, Krzanowski, Leighton, Maw, Olsson, Ridout, Schmidt and Williamson. On Millennium Night he premiered The Tightrope Prelude by Derek Nisbet. Rupert is also an adept arranger with orchestral works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Brahms in his quiver, as well as Scott Joplin Rags, Show Songs, Strauss Polkas and much else besides!
 

Having been on the staff of Edinburgh, Guildford, Birmingham, Coventry and Brisbane Cathedrals, Rupert is well acquainted with the wide variety of musical instruments. He has adjudicated at organ competitions in Bedford (UK) and Sydney (Aus) and has given recitals for the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, and for many organ restoration schemes. In May 2008 he opened the renovated Lewis organ in All Saints Church Brisbane, and he was the Archbishop’s adviser on the care of organs in churches. Having served in parish appointments, prep-schools, boarding schools and cathedrals, Rupert works at raising awareness of the importance of organ music.

Aged 20 Rupert was a prizewinner in the Royal College of Organists Fellowship examination, which he gained whilst studying with Peter Hurford, David Sanger and Peter le Huray. As Organ Scholar at St Catharine’s College Cambridge, Rupert not only played the organ but conducted the mixed choir, and he was also uniquely privileged to be asked to play regularly for the choirs of both King’s and St John’s Colleges. In the UK he has broadcast on Radios 2, 3, 4.