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Boasting one of the UK’s largest organs (the recently refurbished IV/62 Hope-Jones/Willis) and broadest acoustics, Edinburgh University’s McEwan Hall has hosted countless graduation ceremonies, more than 400 of them accompanied by John Kitchen. This rousing, back-stiffening and celebratory recital features appropriately effusive and reflective pieces delivered with contrasting glee and gravitas. Highlights include Kenneth Leighton’s substantial Et resurrexit, Cecilia McDowall’s sparkling Celebration and Hollins’s infectious Concert Overturein C. Kitchen’s impeccable playing – a virtuoso display of pomp and circumstance – is perfectly framed by characteristically vivid Delphian sound.

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