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Yun Kim is a multi-award-winning former organ student at the University of Washington and Indiana University and she here presents a varied programme ranging from Bach to Iain Farrington’s Fiesta! via a pair of Vierne’s Pièces de fantaisie and transcriptions of works by Prokofiev and William Grant Still. The organ is a 1994 Dobson utilising much material from its predecessor, which had started out life as an undoubtedly distinguished E.M. Skinner. The room is comparatively dry and the organ, while perfectly respectable, tends towards the anodyne, whatever the repertoire. Given a blank slate, the Dobson shop have shown they’re capable of more distinguished results, not least at Oxford. Kim is a virtuosic and impressive player but the scattergun programme and slightly uninspiring ambience don’t quite engage the listener. Robert Ampt’s Concert Étude on an Australian folksong about a pub with no beer seems an especially left-field choice; probably you have to be in on the joke.

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