EDWARD KEMP-LUCK


Edward Kemp-Luck began his organ studies at Dovercourt, near Harwich in Essex, and then trained with Harrison Oxley at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. He was an organ scholar of The Queen's College, Oxford, under James Dalton and subsequently gained his FRCO while studying with Catherine Ennis at St Lawrence Jewry. As a pupil of John Birch he won the coveted Walford Davies organ prize at the Royal College of Music, where he also studied harpsichord with Robert Woolley. He then won an Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation which enabled him to study historic organ performance practice at the Sweelink Conservatorium in Holland with Jacques van Oortmerssen.

Edward's solo concerts have recently included an all-Bach programme on the Father Willis organ of the Union Chapel Highbury, a concert featuring the symphonic Sonata Celtica of Stanford on the Lewis organ at St John Upper Norwood, a programme of English and North European music on the early-romantic Buchholz organ of the Nikolaikirche in Stralsund, Germany, and early-C20th romantic works for the Maurice Duruflé Memorial Recital at St Mary Magdalene Paddington. He is also active as a continuo and harmonium player and choral accompanist, including several premières of new commissions.

He currently works at the Royal Academy of Music and is a committee member of the Organ Club and the City of London and Eastern Society of Organists. He was organist of St John's Notting Hill and later St Mary's Paddington Green, and is now a freelance organist playing for churches in east and north London.