Explore Day: Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor
Saturday 10 February 2018
10.30am – 4.30pm

University of Edinburgh
St Cecilia’s Hall
Niddry Street, Cowgate
Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor K 427 is a very different affair from most of the well-known Salzburg masses of the missa brevis type. Dating from around 1782–3, by which time Mozart had moved to Vienna, the Great Mass is conceived on a large scale as an extended missa solemnis, involving a large orchestra, virtuoso solo vocal writing and chorus, sometimes in eight parts. Mozart’s new wife Constanze sang the celebrated ‘Et incarnatus est’ in the first performance of part of the work in 1783. Like the Requiem, the work is incomplete. Why did Mozart write it, why did he leave it unfinished, how does it relate to his other work of around this time? Dr. John Kitchen (University of Edinburgh) will be joined by SCO players to explore these and other questions surrounding this great work.

Delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Open Studies.

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Dr John Kitchen
Honorary Fellow and University Organist
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After 27 years as a Senior Lecturer in Music in the University of Edinburgh, John Kitchen retired from teaching in August 2014. He continues as University Organist, as Director of the Edinburgh University Singers, and he will continue to be involved with the early keyboard instruments at St Cecilia's Hall. John is also Director of Music of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church and Edinburgh City Organist with duties at the Usher Hall. He gives many solo recitals both in the UK and further afield, and also plays regularly with several ensembles, covering a wide range of musical styles.

In addition, he is much in demand as a continuo player, accompanist, lecturer, writer, adjudicator and reviewer. John has recorded extensively for the Edinburgh-based label, Delphian Records (which was named 'Gramophone Label of the Year 2014'). A new Delphian CD, recorded on the Usher Hall organ, was released in December 2014.