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.

 

Take-a-Break, our group for under-fives and their parents and carers restarts for this term on Tuesday 10th September at 10.00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Everyone is welcome and we look forward to welcoming you back after our Summer break. Contact us for details of our other groups for pre-school children and their parents and carers.

Our Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-themed float was judged overall winner in the 50th anniversary carnival parade!

As you can see, the float was stunning and many, many congratulations go to Dennis and Phil and their amazing crew for their achievement. It’s been a great way for all ages of the church family and members of the community to come together and, as you can see, this year was no exception. Cromer Church has been entertaining the crowds at the carnival parade for more than 30 years, and 2019 was our most ambitious build to date, so well done again to everyone who was involved. chitty chitty bang bang

Don't forget that we also have a float in Thursday's illuminated parade, so come along and see us there and join in the fun!

The 2019 organ recital season continues on Tuesday 3rd September at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church with recitalist Keith John.

Keith was born in Gloucester where he was a chorister in the Cathedral Choir under the Organist and Master of Choristers, Herbert Sumsion. He was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where his
professors were Ralph Downes (organ), Bernard Roberts (piano) and Ruth Gipps (composition). An award by the Zürich Master Classes Foundation enabled him to study with Jean Guillou.

Keith's programmes are well known for setting standard repertoire alongside the less familiar and unusual; sometimes his transcriptions of piano and orchestral music are included in his programmes. Works such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Brahms St Antoni Variations have been recreated for organ. These have been performed and recorded on award-winning CDs in churches, cathedrals and concert halls worldwide from Budapest, Bordeaux, Reykjavik, Michigan and Madrid to Shiroishi. As an occasional composer, his “Rhythmic Energy” - the conclusion of a three-movement suite entitled ‘Time and Motion’ - has become celebrated recital tour de force.

This summer, Keith made a short concert tour of Hungary which included a recital on the impressive five-manual instrument in Eger basilica as well as performances in Estonia, in Tartu and Tallinn.

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.

 

After a break for the Carnival Concert on 20th August, the 2019 organ recital season continues on Tuesday 27th August at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Church with recitalist Sarah MacDonald. Sarah is a Canadian-born organist and conductor, living in the UK, and she currently holds the positions of Fellow and Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Director of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir. She has been at Selwyn since 1999, and is the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel.

Sarah came to the UK from Canada in 1992 as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge after studying piano, organ, and conducting at The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto with Leon Fleisher, Marek Jablonski, and John Tuttle. At Cambridge she read for a degree in Music, and studied the organ with David Sanger.

Sarah has played numerous recitals and conducted choirs throughout the UK, North America, the Middle East, New Zealand, and much of mainland Europe. She has made over 30 recordings, variously in the guises of pianist, organist, conductor, and producer, and currently works most frequently with Regent Records. Sarah is a winner of the Royal College of Organists’ (RCO) coveted Limpus Prize, and has taught organ and conducting for Eton Choral Courses, Oundle for Organists, the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy, and courses run by the RCO. For its first decade, she was a Director of the annual Girl Chorister Course at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, in New York City.

Sarah is a Fellow and Examiner of the RCO, and has also been a Trustee and a member of the Academic Board. She has had numerous choral compositions published by Encore Publications, the Royal School of Church Music, and St James Music Press. Sarah also writes a popular monthly column for the American Guild of Organists’ magazine The American Organist, called ‘UK Report’. In 2018 Sarah received the honorary ARSCM in recognition of her contribution to choral music in the UK and Canada, and the citation made particular mention of her support of contemporary British composers.

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.