Popular lunchtime concerts with John Kitchen
Monday 27 January 2020
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 9 December 13:10
The ever-popular Christmas Special programme with the Edinburgh University Singers, conducted by Calum Robertson
MONDAY 6 JANUARY at 1.10pm
Toccatas and Scherzos
To open the first series of 2020, John offers a programme of toccatas and scherzos—although not necessarily the most obvious pieces—no Widor! Bach will be represented by his ‘Dorian’ Toccata, and the French style by toccatas by Dubois and Callaerts. Lighter scherzo-type pieces include Nevin’s Will o’ the wisp and the Scherzetto by Vierne.
MONDAY 13 JANUARY at 1.10pm
The British Romantic Tradition
This will be a programme of works in the 20th-century British Romantic tradition—music which is particularly well-suited to the style of the Usher Hall organ. It includes CS Lang’s Tuba Tune, the first movement of Percy Whitlock’s Sonata in C minor (very reminiscent of Rachmaninov) as well as works by Jackson, Bridge and Stanford. The final piece, never previously played in Get Organised, is the witty and amusing Hornpipe Humoresque by Noel Rawsthorne.
MONDAY 20 JANUARY at 1.10pm
Composers beginning with B
This week’s composers all have names beginning with B (and Bach isn’t even included!) We hear 18th-century music by William Boyce and John Bennett, and the Short Sonata by Hugh Blair, very much in the style of Elgar. Other works are by Frank Bridge, Edward Bairstow and Herbert Brewer—his stirring Marche héroïque which is reminiscent of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance marches.
MONDAY 27 JANUARY at 1.10pm
The last programme in the series presents favourite 18th-century music, all in organ transcriptions. Handel features heavily, represented by his Samson overture as well as hits such as ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo, and the evergreen March from Scipio. Other composers include Walther, Campra and Johan Helmich Roman, who was known as ‘the Swedish Handel’.
Get here early: there tends to be a queue of those booking on the day!
All tickets £5
Advance booking is recommended as there tends to be a queue to book tickets on the door. Performance begins at 1.10pm sharp
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