Born at New Longton, near Preston, Lancashire, son of a master tailor who sang as a bass in local choirs. His mother was a soprano soloist. Kenneth sang in concerts and for the radio. He died in August 1986.
Kenneth Purves A: How lovely are Thy dwellings (sacred song, 1908, wds after Psalm 84, Samuel Liddle (1867-1951)) B: I waited for the Lord (from last movement of Symphony No. 2, Hymn of Praise [Lobgesang: Symphonia Cantata] in B flat, op. 52, by Mendelssohn (1809-47); wds after Psalm 40: vv. 1 & 4: Engl. version by Joseph Alfred Novello (1810-96), 1841) "Boy Chorister" with organ accomp. by Martin Akerman; Mendelssohn piece also with Master James Dugan & Eton College Choir [although CD booklet has eight professional adult voices]. The Eton College Chronicle for 1928 shows that Akerman was music master there, but neither Purves nor Dugan were collegers. Dugan was probably James Albert Dugan, born 17 July 1915 at 16 Sunbury Road, Eton, who died 25 May 1994 at Slough. (BJP) The Liddle song is on Amphion CD The Better Land vol. 3.
Kenneth Purves A: Angels, ever bright and fair (G.F. Handel (1685-1759) from oratorio Theodora, 1750) B:Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire (Hymn for Whitsuntide: wds John Cosin (1594-1672), Bishop of Durham, in his "Collection of Private Devotions" (1627), based on the Latin hymn Veni, creator spiritus (possibly by Rabanus Maurus [776-856], but earliest MS 10th century) - music Thomas Attwood (1765-1838), 1831) "Boy Chorister" with choir & organ accomp. by Martin Akerman. The Handel aria is now on Amphion CD The Better Land vol. 3.
Kenneth Purves A & B: Hear my Prayer (Mendelssohn's anthem (1844) with wds by William Bartholomew (1793-1867) based on Psalm 55: vv. 1-8) Recorded March 1928 at the Stoll Theatre, London, with organ accomp. by Herbert Griffith. The second part (O for the Wings of a Dove) is included on Amphion CD The Better Land vol. 5.
Kenneth Purves Hear Ye, Israel! (Mendelssohn (1809-47) from oratorio Elijah: please see under Ernest Lough for fuller details) Recorded with piano accompaniment at Queen's Hall, Portland Place, London, in Nov. 1927. Included on Amphion CD The Better Land vol. 3.
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Master Derek Barsham & Norman Lumsden, bass Recorded 30 Apl. 1947 (AR11093 & 11094), with Gladys Palmer, contralto, Norman Lumsden, bass & London Symphony Orchestra cond. Stanford Robinson. Issued June 1947 on Decca K.1601. ["Better Land" the two parts separately in vols. 3 & 4]
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