Our Conductor

Dr. John P. Kitchen

After completing MA and BMus degrees at Glasgow University, John Kitchen went to Cambridge to research 17th-century French harpsichord music. While there, he was organ scholar of Clare College, and studied the organ with Gillian Weir. From 1976 until 1988 he was a Lecturer in Music and University Organist at St. Andrews. From 1988-2014 he was Senior Lecturer in Music in Edinburgh, teaching harmony, counterpoint, keyboard skills, history and performance practice at all levels. He retired from this post in August 2014, but, in addition to conducting the Singers, he continues as University Organist at Edinburgh, and takes an active part in concert planning.

John is a very active performer; for many years he played regularly with the Scottish Early Music Consort as harpsichordist, organist and forte-pianist, and is a member of several other ensembles covering a wide range of musical styles. He gives many solo recitals on organ and harpsichord, both in the UK and abroad. In addition, he is much in demand as a continuo player, accompanist, lecturer, adjudicator, writer and reviewer. As well as leading the Edinburgh University Singers, he is Director of Music of Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and Edinburgh City Organist with duties at the Usher Hall.

For more information about John and his publications, please follow this link here.