Trumpet and Organ at Crichton

Crichton Collegiate Church

Duration 1 hour

Sonata in D major G7
Methodische Sonata in B minor
Chorale Variations: Alle Menschen müssen sterben
Sonata for trumpet and organ
Trumpet & Organ Concerto in D major BWV 972 (after Vivaldi)
Concerto in C del Sigr. Joseph Meck appropriato all'organo
Sonata in D major G1


Aaron Akugbo Trumpet

Credit: Olivia da Costa

A rising star in British music, Edinburgh-born Aaron Akugbo is already playing with leading orchestras and last year made his London debut in Haydn’s trumpet concerto with Chineke! at the Royal Festival Hall. He and John Kitchen take us to Crichton’s lovely mediaeval church with a rich mix of Baroque and 20th century music including a romantic piece by pioneering African American composer Florence Price.

A refined soloist… his sound was sweet, often lyrical… with perfect clarity and intonation.

The Arts Desk

This was an exceptional concert in a beautiful venue on a lovely day. What’s not to like about that?

Edinburgh Music Review

Crichton Collegiate Church

Around 1440, in the reign of King James II, William Crichton, then Lord Chancellor of Scotland, began this Collegiate Church of St Mary and St Kentigern, which may have been the site of an even older Christian shrine, and by 1449 his church, with his castle nearby, was complete. ‘Collegiate’ describes churches where priests and singing boys prayed daily for the souls of the great families who built and owned them. At Crichton a provost, eight prebendaries, two choir boys and a sacrist were appointed to pray for the souls of the Crichtons.

Lord Crichton led one of the three greatest Scottish families of the fifteenth century.  The Livingstones, the Douglases and the Crichtons were often at war with each other.  If the church looks like part of a fortified building, it is a reminder of dangerous days in this part of Scotland. After the Reformation, stripped back to an earth floor, with all the glass gone from the windows and most of the lovely medieval stone tracery destroyed, the church had become almost a ruin and only the great chancel roof survived. By 1569 it was being used as a parish church, and restoration work began in the 1580s. Further restoration was carried out in the 18th century and in the 1820s.

Used today for a variety of events including weddings and concerts, the building is now in the care of Crichton Collegiate Church Trust. Over the past 15 years the trust has completed two phases of restoration work, including a full restoration of the organ built by J Brook & Company of Glasgow in 1899.

Crichton Collegiate Church


Crichton Collegiate Church
EH37 5XA

Getting there by bus

To Pathhead then a 2 mile walk

Getting there by train

To Gorebridge then a taxi

Getting there by car

2 miles off A68 via Pathhead or two miles off A7 via Gorebridge



The church is at the end of a long rural single track country road. We would encourage you to car share if you can.

For blue badge holders we can cone off 3 spaces which you can book by emailing us at These are subject to availability and and on a first come first served basis.

For everyone else there is a large corn field before you arrive at the church, to your left, which will be stewarded by ushers in high vis vests.


Tarmac path

1 unisex, accessible by a ramp, single width so limited wheelchair access

Wheelchair Access:

By ramp

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