Gaudeamus igitur: John Kitchen plays the Organ of the McEwan Hall | Delphian DCD34163

Gaudeamus igitur: John Kitchen plays the Organ of the McEwan Hall


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34163

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 24th June 2016



Delphian stalwart John Kitchen has now served for thirteen years as Edinburgh City Organist and twenty-seven years as University Organist. In the latter capacity he has played for no fewer than 400 graduation ceremonies. The formidable Hope-Jones/Willis instrument in the University of Edinburgh’s purpose-built graduation hall is as eccentric as it is eye-catching, and following its recent refurbishment, Kitchen has recorded this conspectus of the music he might play during or after one of those numerous ceremonies. From an anonymous student song popular in the eighteenth century to a serious and substantial work by the University’s former Reid Professor of Music Kenneth Leighton, Kitchen’s programme exudes pomp and grandeur on one of the UK’s biggest instruments in one of the UK’s biggest acoustics.

‘Performances that blend aesthetic nuance with bravura showmanship … Delphian’s vivid recorded sound adds to the considerable pleasure’
– Choir & Organ, May/June 2015

John has recorded extensively for Delphian Records, including organ recordings from the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (DCD34022 and DCD34132) and the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling (DCD34064); a highly-acclaimed recording of the complete organ music of William Russell, played on the 1829 Bishop organ in St James’s, Bermondsey in London (DCD34062); a CD of Handel overtures and suites played on two of the harpsichords from the world-famous Raymond Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, housed at St Cecilia’s Hall in the University of Edinburgh (DCD34053); a recording of nine harpsichords, clavichords and early pianos from the Rodger Mirrey Collection, also at St Cecilia’s Hall (DCD34057); and two CDs of French harpsichord music, Music in the Age of Louis XIV (DCD34109) and Music in the Age of Louis XV (DCD34112), the latter recorded on the world-famous 1769 Taskin harpsichord in Edinburgh.

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