The 2019 organ recital season continues on Tuesday 10th September at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church with recitalist Ralph Cupper.
Ralph Cupper grew up in Norwich. and attended the Hewett School. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London where his teachers included: Douglas Hawkridge (Organ), Douglas Hopkins (Choir/orchestra direction); and Arthur Pritchard and Arthur Wills (Harmony, counterpoint and fugue). He graduated in 1976 and continued his organ studies with Nicholas Kynaston and the late Lady Susi Jeans and with Dutch organist Bernard Bartelinck, who was organist at Bavo Cathedral in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Ralph returned to Norwich and began his career as a concert organist and music teacher. He worked for Norfolk County Council’s Adult Education Department, also studying Theology and Andragogy in Cambridge at that time.
In 1988, Ralph and his wife, Karin, moved to the small market town of Nordfjordeid, Norway where Ralph became a full-time Cantor (organist and choirmaster) within the State Lutheran Church of Norway. Ralph is known as a concert organist, church musician, composer and preacher. He has played many recitals in England, Germany, Poland and Norway. His concert programmes are memorable for their virtuosity and entertainment value because he often includes popular film music. This is done deliberately to encourage other musicians to learn the pipe organ, which is far more than a hymn-playing instrument. Ralph has also worked for the BBC, Polish TV and radio as well as the Norwegian TV channel NRK.
Admission to all the recitals is free (though there's an opportunity to make a donation at the end) and everyone is welcome. Our recital season continues weekly until the end of September. You can find details here. Information leaflets are also available at the Parish Church and St Martin's or you can download one here.