Kelvingrove appeals for song suggestions for anniversary recital

The famous organ at Kelvingrove organ. Picture: John Devlin
The famous organ at Kelvingrove organ. Picture: John Devlin
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Music lovers are being asked to suggest their favourite songs for a special recital by the organist at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove museum.

The museum’s Director of Music, Dr Jim Hunter, wants to find Glasgow’s favourite songs to play on its famous organ to mark the tenth anniversary of the Kelvingrove’s £27.9 million renovation.

He said: “It is a privilege and a pleasure to play this wonderful instrument, especially in such inspiring surroundings.

“This is a unique occasion where the public can request their favourite piece of music, perhaps even for a special person or occasion.

“I’m excited to see the suggestions and I’m very much looking forward to the day.”

Organisers are loking for 10 songs for the concert with some of the top suggestions so far including Mother Glasgow, Bohemian Rhapsody and Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

The deadline for suggestions, to be made on the museum’s Facebook page, is 30th June.

Kelvingrove’s organ was originally built in the 19th century by by Lewis and Co. Ltd and later used for the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901.

It was installed at Kelvingrove in 1902 after the exhibition concluded.

Councillor Archie Graham, chairman of Glasgow Life, said; “The impact of the reopening of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on tourism in Glasgow simply cannot be overestimated.

“The museum is Scotland’s third most popular free visitor attraction and the number one thing to see in Glasgow, welcoming in excess of 1.3million visitors every year.

“We have recently redisplayed the incredibly popular Life Gallery at Kelvingrove, where visitors can experience life in the Serengeti, tropical forests and Antarctica all in an afternoon.

Kelvingrove made headlines in January when a video of organist Chris Nickol playing Life on Mars? in tribute to David Bowie went viral.

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