“I first happened on the beautiful Crichton Collegiate Chapel in 1996, during one of my frequent cycling jaunts around the Scottish Borders. At that time I had just spent three days recording a CD of solo trombone repertoire in one of London’s most prestigious concert halls – but I was extremely dissatisfied with the sound of the recordings, and had told the record label the material couldn’t be released. There was no problem with either the playing or the recording – it was the relationship between my instrument and the space in which we were recording. The trombone is an instrument which emits an extremely pure, powerful harmonic sound, and this “activates” the room in which it is being played. In effect, the instrument and the room become one great instrument. As soon as I entered Crichton, I was captivated both by the atmosphere of the chapel, and suspected the acoustic would be beautiful. A day later I took the trombone there, and have subsequently recorded three CDs in the chapel. For me, Crichton is simply the most beautiful acoustic for brass and voice in Scotland, and one of the finest in the UK.”
John Kenny, international soloist, composer, and professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.