BIOGRAPHY

Since the release of The Garden in 2010, Kerst has performed with several organisations such as the Northumbria Community, Applecart and Millhouse Retreats. He features on the album of the Northumbria Community 'Alone Together' (2012), with a Dutch song he wrote some years ago, called 'Avondlicht'. Like in the Cumbrian hills, Kerst's creativity has often been boosted by the unspoilt surroundings and kindhearted spirit of Northumberland.

Kerst started his latest project 'House of my Heart' in July 2012 at Union Chapel. Since then he has joined them for other events, such as a carol service and a special Remembrance Day event in 2013. He also enjoys coming round on Wednesday mornings when its stage is at the back: a home and meeting place for the locals.

Since a few years, Kerst has also enjoyed performing abroad in Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and the country of his own upbringing: The Netherlands. Often he finds himself back in London inspired, not just by the reception of his musical endeavours, but also by the many deep and meaningful conversations taking place before and after his concerts. These 'heart to heart' encounters abroad are the fuel for further creative journeys...



NEW HORIZONS

It takes Kerst a number of years to discover that his musical storylines are to be set in England. He leaves the cows of Friesland behind, together with the pretty towns of the Dutch Golden Age, his Theology studies - yes, even his beloved dog he leaves in order to find the treasure of musicianship in the country that has been on his mind from his childhood years.

After playing the organ for more than fifteen years he is trained a church musician in Northwood with Helen Kucharek (voice) and Steve Thompson (songwriting) at what is now called London School of Theology (LST). After this he finds himself living closely to a medieval backyard, where the hours of wandering, waiting and writing become his home and change his life for good.

Through all changes of house, career and country his constant home is always the piano: a place of hiding, of maturing, of finding himself in the house of the One he meets at the start of each song…



THE PIANO

Since 2004 the piano has been stationed in East London. Here more songs come to birth, more churches are filled with these songs and even an EP is completed in 2008, called YOUR LOVE IS RIGHT, following the footsteps of St John the Evangelist.

Two years later the upcoming producer Hanif Williams is prepared to work together with Kerst again, resulting in a new full journey-project called "the Garden". In "The Pool" studio, near Tower Bridge a brilliant Yamaha piano is waiting: Never has Kerst imagined himself playing within an ex-swimming pool, but it is this piano, that will be to him both a stage and a home. From here the project unfolds…

With this new album Kerst hopes to cross the borders of East London and to step into a wider world, sharing his stories and his songs. Moreover he hopes that from his 'piano home' the songs will reach the home of the listeners' hearts.



THE GAP

Then we have to wait for four years until another piano comes into the picture: A beautiful Fazioli, once owned by Freddie Mercury, now stationed in the Metropolis in West-London. Its bright tone helps Kerst to open the house of his heart for those listeners who like to join him for another journey of story and song. Maybe through a different landscape, perhaps over a distant sea, but at the heart of it all Kerst's home is found at yet another piano.

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