‘Pipe organs explained – Alan Kitchen’

Alan Kitchen, a freelance musician, is Organist and Director of Music at Wellington Church, Glasgow, for 15 years. He explains how pipe organs work, by playing Wellington’s organ, with 2,610 pipes, ranging from a 16-feet pipe to a less than 1 cm one. He shows around the areas usually closed for the public, such as pipes and blowers. As an organ is usually designed and made to a particular building, there is a unique relationship between a building and an organ: “The organ is the voice of the building.”


Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
35 minutes
In English
© 2019 Japan Desk Scotland


You can watch this video on the homepage of Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland.

This is part of Japan Desk Scotland’s documentary films production.

This has been shown:

(1) on Sunday 9 February 2020 in the Library, Wellington Church, Glasgow, Scotland, after the morning service.