Welcome to my website. I am Professor John Kersey, and this website is a guide to my professional life as an educationalist, musician and clergyman.
Based in the United Kingdom, I work internationally, leading a group of private-sector educational organizations at the university level that offer bespoke professional education for high achievers, as well as maintaining a busy consultancy in my specialism of comparative international education, chiefly for the benefit of law firms in the United States preparing immigration petitions.
I am an award-winning classical pianist, having founded my own niche recording label which has issued over one hundred world première CD recordings of piano music of the Romantic era, including the first ever recording of a rediscovered Beethoven piano sonata. Many of my recordings are now available on my YouTube channel.
Following eighteen years of lay service in the Church, I undertook ministerial training and was ordained as a non-stipendiary minister in 2006. Since 2011, my ministerial work has been organized under the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi, an international ecumenical foundation that includes Western Orthodox, Traditional Catholic and Continuing Anglican jurisdictions.
I also maintain professional interests in several specialist areas of law, and work on a freelance basis as an independent legal consultant undertaking non-reserved legal activities using the trade name West Mercia Law. I have worked in and alongside law firms for more than twenty years.
I combine this diverse and demanding portfolio of professional and vocational commitments with several wide-ranging avocations, including but not limited to extensive interests in the areas of nobility and chivalry, the study of Western esotericism, and speaking and writing on matters affecting our society and culture from a traditionalist perspective.
I advocate for a society based on the principles of monarchy, feudal aristocracy, private property, and tradition, and for the creation of a counter-establishment that embodies these elements. Many aspects of my work serve as an active contribution to this latter aim. I am a Vice-President of the Traditional Britain Group.
My work has been recognized by the award of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service by President Barack Obama, and by awards from the governors of four states of the USA. My chivalric appointments include Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of Omukama Chwa II Kabalega, bestowed by H.M. the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara (reigning monarch of one of the constituent kingdoms of Uganda). I am also Grand Master of two chivalric Orders under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the Omukama, the Order of the Crown of Thorns and the Order of the Lion and the Black Cross.
Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances are his last major work, completed in 1940. The composer left two versions of the piece, for orchestra (premièred in January 1941 by the dedicatee, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra) and for two pianos (premièred in August 1942 by the composer and Vladimir Horowitz). The work, which was originally called “Fantastic … Continue reading
http://www.quarterly-review.org/endnotes-august-2021 by Stuart Millson “Our musical world has been reshaped by the Covid crisis – but we also face challenges from those who wish to destroy high-art, those “cultural commentators” who seek to dismantle the intrinsic European cultural reference points of the classical genre. A musician and academician who holds firm against today’s post-modernist onslaught … Continue reading
I have recently recorded a number of piano works by British light music composers, in the hope that this underappreciated area will come to delight a new audience. The heyday of the piano as a domestic instrument – the “piano in the parlour” – was probably around a century, from 1860 to 1960. Mass production … Continue reading