John Kitchen resurrects the ‘cinema organ style’ – neglected for decades – in a collection of entertaining favourites, well known to his regular Usher Hall audiences. This recording brings together the music of John’s boyhood hero Arthur Sullivan with the witty and original arrangements of East-Coast Scot Michael Thomson. With a performance radiating warmth and joy, John Kitchen celebrates the Golden Age of British light music in this, his eighteenth appearance on Delphian.
"Kitchen’s love of Sullivan’s wonderful music shines through…Finest of all is the Introduction to Act 3 of The Tempest, transcribed by Edward Bairstow. This is a real find, full of charm and played – as with everything else on this disc – with great warmth and shapeliness."
"John Kitchen’s delightful recording pays homage to cinema organ talent Michael Thomson. His entertaining compositions with titles such as Whirly-Granny present British light music at its best. There is a Scottish flavour to many of these character pieces and a clever incorporation of multiple melodic references in pieces like A bouquet of roses. The Usher Hall Organ is naturally well-suited to this repertoire, easily transporting the listener back to an era of Edwardian opulence and entertainment."