Metropolitan Cathedral Organ Concerts
New organ put through its paces
This article is from 2008.
Fringe statistics tend to be fairly staggering, but if all the organ pipes on the Fringe were added together, their total would beat the lot. The new organ at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral alone has almost 4000. Built in French style by Matthew Copley of Kingston-upon-Thames and finished only last year, it is unusual in having two consoles, one of them being moveable. This means that instead of audiences only being able to view the organist from the back, the player will become much more visible to his or her listeners.
The pair who put the instrument through its paces for the cathedral’s free Festival recitals are Edinburgh City organist, John Kitchen, and St Mary’s own organist, Simon Nieminski, who also appears with the Swingle Singers on a rare visit to Edinburgh for The Battle of the Fugues. Through the year, future organ recitals will generally take place on the third Tuesday of the month.
St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, 226 0000, 16 & 23 Aug, 5pm, free; 19 Aug, 7.30pm, £15 (£13).