Sam Visits All Saints, Maldon
By Rosemary Taylor, Chelmsford
On Palm Sunday this year I joined an expanded church choir to sing Fauré's Requiem at All Saints Parish Church, Maldon. Our organist for this service was Sam Kimuli, B.Mus., FRCO.
I knew Sam's technique and mastery of the organ were at the top of the scale but on this occasion it was his sensitivity as an accompanist which was spell-binding. It was a matter of course that the reliability and precision were there but so too were wonderful colours of organ orchestration which perfectly matched the changes of mood in the Requiem, from the fierceness of the Dies Irae to the delicate tranquillity of In Paradisum. Sam's playing lifted up, supported and enhanced the singing without ever dominating it. We in the choir were able to relax, sink into this beautiful music and give of our best knowing we were in capable hands. The DoM was most gratified to have Sam, "playing so reliably, expertly and with many different tone colours throughout". The congregation welcomed Sam back with open arms - he had played at All Saints last Nov. for an All Souls Remembrance service and made an immediate impression of safe expert hands.
We are very grateful to Sam and look forward to the lunchtime concert he will be giving in the Maldon URC church on July 14th 2022. Be there!