Gaudeamus Igitur: The Organ of the McEwan Hall

Delphian stalwart John Kitchen has now served for thirteen years as Edinburgh City Organist and twenty-seven years as University Organist. In the latter capacity he has played for no fewer than 400 graduation ceremonies.

The formidable Hope-Jones/Willis instrument in the University of Edinburgh’s purpose-built graduation hall is as eccentric as it is eye-catching, and following its recent refurbishment, Kitchen has recorded this conspectus of the music he might play during or after one of those numerous ceremonies. From an anonymous student song popular in the eighteenth century to a serious and substantial work by the University’s former Reid Professor of Music Kenneth Leighton, Kitchen’s programme exudes pomp and grandeur on one of the UK’s biggest instruments in one of the UK’s biggest acoustics.

"Kitchen cannot fail to impress on this attractively presented disc"

"This rousing, back-stiffening and celebratory recital features appropriately effusive and reflective pieces delivered with contrasting glee and gravitas…Kitchen’s impeccable playing – a virtuoso display of pomp and circumstance – is perfectly framed by characteristically vivid Delphian sound"

"This is an excellent CD with interesting and inspired repertoire as recital-goers and listeners have come to expect from John Kitchen. All the music is superbly played and brilliantly recorded. It is a CD to savour and to enjoy."

"A wonderful disc then, fully backed up by some erudite notes provided by John Kitchen himself, who focuses on the graduation connections in the music. The splendid cover photograph shows theUniversity of Edinburgh organ in all its glory."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 12-14 February 2015
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 11
Release date: 24 June 2016
Total playing time: 1:12:00
Album ID: DCD34163

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