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Popular lunchtime concerts with John Kitchen

Monday 03 June 2019 to Monday 24 June 2019

Join City Organist John Kitchen for his popular lunchtime concerts on the world renowned Usher Hall organ with its magnificent sound. Whether performing organ classics, adapting classical and other music or playing audience requests, John's inimitable performances and conversation will delight.

 

Monday 15 April   Music by J.S. Bach

Bach is recognised as the greatest of all composers of organ music, and this programme pays tribute to him by offering a cross-section of music,  not all originally for organ.   We will hear an Italian concerto transcription,  the monumental Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 546,  the celebrated Jesu,  joy of man’s desiring as well as some seasonal organ chorales.  In lighter vein,  the programme will include the ‘Jig’ Fugue, and the Air and Gavotte from the Orchestral Suite in D.

**No recital on the 22nd April**

Monday 29 April    A programme of audience requests

John will once again be looking for  more suggestions from audience members!

 

Monday 3 June      German Romantic Music

In this programme John presents some varied 19th-century German music,  including the monumental and dazzling fugue from Liszt’s Ad nos, ad salutarem undam,  as well as the same composer’s serene and totally contrasting Ave Maria von Arcadelt.  There is also a set of variations by Adolf Friedrich Hesse,  who was a pupil of a pupil of J.S. Bach,  and an organ  transcription of Brahms’s  beautiful Alto Rhapsody.

 

Monday 10 June        The celebrated Alfred Hollins

Yorkshire-born  Alfred Hollins, who was blind from birth, was a celebrated organ recitalist who travelled the world,  despite his handicap, and who also wrote a great deal of tuneful, original music for the organ.  For most of his career he was based in Edinburgh, as organist in what was then Free St George’s Church in Shandwick Place (now the Charlotte Chapel).  He gave one of the opening recitals at the Usher Hall in at its opening in 1914.  This programme consists entirely of Hollins’s music,  and includes the Concert Overture in C major, the Concert Rondo in B flat,  Evening Rest and the Song of Sunshine.

 

Monday 17 June     A programme of audience requests

John will once again be looking for  more suggestions from audience members!

 

Monday 24 June     Bells across the meadows

This programme repeats some of the bell-inspired organ music which John has played in previous years. We will hear Bernard Rose’s Magdalen Chimes,  Wesley’s Holsworthy Church Bells, Cecilia McDowall’s   Church Bells beyond  the Stars, Arthur Wills’s Carillon on ‘Orientis partibus’, Vierne’s spectacular Carillon de Westminster—­and Albert Ketèlbey’s  1921 hit  Bells across the meadows.

 

Running order

Get here early: there tends to be a queue of those booking on the day!

Prices

All tickets £4 

Advance booking is recommended as there tends to be a queue to book tickets on the door.

£1.50 transaction fee applies to all online & telephone bookings

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