Kevin (aka Andrew Hurst) studied guitar, lute, piano, composition and figured bass at the Royal College of Music. His specialisation is: Continuo realisation (keyboard and fretboard), Renaissance and Baroque music history and compositional techniques. He has performed concerts as a soloist, in duos, trios and larger ensembles. He has worked with vocal soloists, small vocal and instrumental ensembles, Early Opera companies, cafes, restaurants, street events, festival and pubs!
On the strength of the success of improvising ‘Voluntaries’ – a 1680s fascination for lute players then – very rarely done in concerts if at all – at the Crabchurch Conspiracy weekend talks (lecturer Ronald Hutton amongst others) that were held in Weymouth in early March, Kevin will improvise a few more such Voluntaries on the ‘English Theorbo’ . As it was a musical feature around the time of Judge Jeffreys, he will be doing an improvised ‘character sketch’ Voluntary (literally an improvised piece on a whim!) based on him. As part of Kevin’s Musical Director role at the Marine Theatre in Lyme he will also be improvising a Voluntary to depict the tension, high feelings, bitterness, violence, and trauma etc which would undoubtedly have been felt by those involved in the Monmouth Rebellion / civil war also.
Kevin may well be unique in being brave enough to improvise these voluntaries using musical language of the time in concerts or recordings.
There will be other archlute pieces (archlute = ‘English Theorbo’), classical guitar arrangements/ originals and also some 12-string acoustic (fingerstyle) music with a Celtic flavour.
Kevin/Andrew is a key musician in the Bridport Ukelele Projects production of “Flea!” this May and has been appointed co-Musical Director for the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis’ July production of “Monmouth”, a play covering the events of the 1685 local rebellion. He is also lead guitarist in the Dorchester based rock band Margot Escargot which is set to release three singles this year
The concert takes place in the Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Hall on Thursday 13 April 2017 at 1.00pm. The performance is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs.