The Usher Hall Organ Vol.2 | Delphian DCD34132

The Usher Hall Organ Vol.2


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34132

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 12th January 2015



The Usher Hall’s monumental organ celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014. Delphian artist and Edinburgh City Organist John Kitchen has established a hugely popular series of concerts at the Hall, and draws on its repertoire to follow up his 2004 recording of the then newly restored instrument with a programme that further represents the vast variety of music that draws in the Edinburgh crowds.

Opening with an evocative new work by Cecilia McDowall, the first part of the programme resounds with the theme of bells (including the instrument’s extraordinary carillon). Jeremy Cull’s compelling transcription of Hamish MacCunn’s 'The Land of the Mountain and the Flood' displays all of Kitchen’s virtuosic aplomb, while the Dance Variations on ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’ are a much delighted-in annual request. A recital of this nature wouldn’t be complete without a major piece of Bach, here dispatched with appropriately Edwardian swagger.

Until August 2014, John Kitchen was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, where he continues as University Organist and conductor of the Edinburgh University Singers; he is also Director of Music at Old Saint Paul’s Church. Following the restoration of the Usher Hall organ in 2003, John was appointed Edinburgh City Organist with promotional and curatorial duties, a post he still holds. He gives many solo recitals both in the UK and further afield, and also plays regularly with several ensembles, covering a wide range of musical styles. In addition, he is much in demand as a continuo player, accompanist, lecturer, examiner, adjudicator, writer and reviewer. John has recorded extensively for Delphian.

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