Popular lunchtime concerts with John Kitchen
Monday 28 January 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 7 January Seasonal organ music
A programme of music for Christmastide and the New Year, including pieces by the flamboyant 18th-century French composer Balbastre, as well as music by Bach and his pupil Krebs. Also included are John Ireland’s The Holy Boy and Benjamin Britten’s New Year Carol; a stirring set of variations on the carol In dulci jubilo by the Canadian Denis Bédard; and Strauss’s Emperor Waltz to celebrate the New Year as they do in Vienna!
Monday 14 January Composer anniversaries
We mark significant composer anniversaries with a wide range of music, ranging from the famous Pavane by Thoinot Arbeau, born 500 years ago, to organ music by Kenneth Leighton, born in 1929. The programme also includes two pieces (including the famous Sortie in E flat) by Lefébure-Wély, a beautiful serenade by the Italian opera composer Leoncavallo, and ending with Offenbach’s celebrated Can-can.
Monday 21 January The best of Mendelssohn
This all-Mendelssohn programme contains both original organ pieces and transcriptions, including one of his celebrated organ sonatas and a prelude and fugue—music inspired by Bach. We hear also the Nocturne and Wedding March from A midsummer night’s dream, the Adagio from the ‘Scottish’ Symphony, and the Spring Song, originally for piano.
Monday 28 January A programme of audience requests
John will be looking for more suggestions from audience members!
Get here early: there tends to be a queue of those booking on the day!
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