Celebrate 20 years of Get Organised with John Kitchen

Organist John Kitchen smiling at the camera and standing outside Usher Hall. He is  wearing a red shirt and brown jacket.

Shortly after the Usher Hall organ’s restoration in 2002–3, John Kitchen launched the Get Organised series. Now in its 20th year, John will be performing four special recitals across the whole of September in celebration.

John's first programme on 4 September incorporates some of the music played in the very first Get Organised concert from 12 September 2003. This particular recital has a Scottish theme, and includes Francis Jackson’s Edinburgh Fanfare, Geoffrey Atkinson’s Suite on Scottish folk melodies, Guilmant’s Noël Ecossais, and works by Handel and Alfred Hollins.

On 11 September John is joined by the young baritone Sebastian Schneeberger who will sing Franck’s Panis Angelicus, Handel’s Total eclipse, Schubert’s Ave Maria and the operatic ‘O del mio amato ben’ by Donaudy. There will also be solo organ music by Stanley (the Concerto in B flat), Henry Smart (the Allegro assai in C) and other works.

A week later on 18 September John is joined by the young bass, Alex White, performing songs by Purcell, Mozart, Bach and others. The solo organ repertoire will include another chance to hear Paul Halley’s evocative Outer Hebrides (based on three Celtic melodies), and Mike Thomson’s equally evocative Whirly-granny and Parc de Paris!

John's final recital on 25 September will be a programme of audience requests.

Tickets are £4. Book now: Get Organised with John Kitchen | Usher Hall

Side shot of organist John Kitchen sat the Usher Hall organ.