Saturday 27th May, 11am – John Kitchen MBE, harpsichord
To continue our celebrations of the Wighton Harpsichord’s 40th Birthday The Friends of Wighton are delighted and honoured to welcome one of Scotland’s most distinguished musicians, John Kitchen MBE.
After 27 years as a Senior Lecturer in Music in the University of Edinburgh, having moved there from the University of St Andrews, John Kitchen retired from university teaching, He is an Honorary Fellow in the Reid School of Music and continues as University Organist, as Director of the Edinburgh University Singers, and with the Raymond Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall. John is also Director of Music of Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and Edinburgh City Organist with duties at the Usher Hall. 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.
His interest in the harpsichord inspired his doctoral thesis “Harpsichord music of seventeenth century France: the forms, their origins and developments, with particular emphasis on the work of Louis Couperin (1626–1661).
In addition, he is much in demand as a continuo player, accompanist, lecturer, writer, adjudicator and reviewer. John has recorded extensively for both Priory and for the Edinburgh-based label, Delphian Records.
We are very excited that we shall hear him play our lovely harpsichord on Saturday.
Admission is £5 at the door.