‘Pipe organs explained – Alan Kitchen’

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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


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.