From 1988 until his retirement from teaching in 2014, John Kitchen was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh; he is now an Honorary Fellow. He continues as University Organist – one of his main duties being to play the organ for all graduation ceremonies – and as conductor of the Edinburgh University Singers. Following the restoration of the city’s Usher Hall organ in 2003, John was appointed Edinburgh City Organist with promotional and curatorial duties, a post he still holds. He is also Director of Music at Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.
He gives many solo recitals both in the UK and further afield, and also plays regularly with several ensembles, covering a wide range of musical styles. In addition, he is much in demand as a continuo player, accompanist, lecturer, examiner, adjudicator, writer and reviewer.
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. John was also heavily involved in Delphian’s 2010 publication Organs of Edinburgh (DCD34100) which comprises recordings of 22 Edinburgh organs.