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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. Alongside this, Kitchen’s own transcriptions of Arthur Sullivan opera movements complement well. The Usher Hall Organ is naturally well-suited to this repertoire, easily transporting the listener back to an era of Edwardian opulence and entertainment.

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