We’re excited to have Jonathan Kingston perform in this Regent Classic Organs evening concert. The recital will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook on Friday 12 February 2021 @7.30pm (GMT) and will consist of a varied and uplifting programme.
Please note the new time for the concert.
Jonathan will be playing on not just one organ but four different instruments; two Regent Classic digital organs, one pipe organ and a Regent Classic digital chamber organ. Find out more about these instruments below.
You can watch the YouTube stream below (set a reminder to get a notification before it starts) or watch it directly on YouTube.
Date and Time
Date: Friday 12 February 2021
Time: 7.30pm (GMT) – Please Note New Time
Where: Streamed on YouTube and Facebook.
The filming was done in a remote location in a converted barn. To reduce the technical difficulties that can arise with ‘live’ events with internet connection and social media platform glitches, we made a decision to pre-record the session with Jonathan for tonight’s recital concert. We are all online this evening, ready to watch with you & respond to your comments.
The Organ Concert Programme*
- Dignity & Impudence March – Whitlock
- Handel in the Strand – Grainger
- Sicillienne – von Paradis
- Partita Super ‘Merton College’ – Pemberton/Szeles
- Nun Danket – Bach arr. Virgil Fox
- Tiento de Premier Tono – Pablo Bruna
- Praise the Lord on Drums and Cymbals – Karg Eler
* Programme is subject to change
The Organist Jonathan Kingston
Jonathan was an organ student while studying with Ian Tracey and Ian Wells at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral before being appointed Sub Organist at Bradford Cathedral, aged 18. Assistant Director and Director of Music appointments followed at Stowe and Bromsgrove Schools before an appointment to The King’s School in Ely where he served Ely Cathedral as a deputy organist.
Jonathan is a recording artist for Naxos, Priory and EMI Records and is an ABRSM examiner and coordinator touring the UK and internationally. As an organist, he has appeared with many leading orchestras and choirs including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and English Symphony Orchestra as well as featuring in many live broadcasts on BBC radio and television.
He is also Director of Music at Stony Stratford Parish Church where he presides over the magnificent Willis pipe organ.
Jonathan’s work with Regent Classic Organs encompasses performing and presenting promotional and tutorial material. He features on the current promotional DVD, and he would be pleased to hear from churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston).
About the Organs
1. Regent Classic Organ – Canterbury Cathedral Hire Organ
This cathedral style console has keyboards of boxwood with rosewood sharps. The piston rails, draw stops and key cheek strings are also in Rosewood. The fourth division floats across the three main divisions, the stops being managed from the tab rail above the swell manual. The music desk utilises burr Oak veneer adding detail to the console which is also made from Oak. The console is enclosed by glass panelled doors featuring Gothic style tracery.
In May 2018 Canterbury Cathedral’s Willis pipe organ was removed to be rebuilt and refurbished over a 2 year period. We were delighted to have been chosen to provide this temporary instrument to this fine Cathedral which sees over a million visitors each year.
2. Regent Classic Skinner Style Organ
The Regent Classic Skinner Style Organ has been created specifically for customers who require a Skinner voiced instrument and wish to invest in a console that draws extensively on the design features of period Skinner instruments.
The console is a near perfect copy of an original Skinner instrument built in 1929 for St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown New Jersey. The voicing, using an identical stop list, is also based on this instrument.
3. William Hill Pipe Organ
This instrument, made by William Hill in 1875, started life at St Peter in the East Oxford. On the closure of that church in 1966 to become the library of St Edmund Hall, the organ was moved to St Edburgh’s in Bicester. There it was later replaced by an Allen organ.
In 2000 the church wanted the space for toilet facilities and then the organ was fortunately available so I snapped it up! On this second move it was returned to its original 1875 specification removing a later clamp that had added 2 stops to the swell.
This had to be done to reduce the depth allowing the organ to fit behind the cross beam that you see in the picture above.
4. Regent Classic Chamber Organ
Our digital chamber organs are a smaller scale version of our bespoke church organs offering a lightweight, flexible solution to your musical needs.
The chamber organ is a stand-alone instrument with the speakers situated inside the casing. It is easy to move and transport while remaining durable, and it has been crafted with the same loving care and skill as our other organs.
The keyboard is made by P&S using full length wooden tracker sticks to give it an exquisite feel. Above this sits a retractable and adjustable music desk. The draw stops are on square wooden shanks finished with black-wood stop heads.
I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Regent Classic Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.