Organ Recital: 20th May at Cottiers Theatre

Just Announced!!

Cottiers theatre will be hosting an Organ Recital on the 20th May at 7.30pm for the Restored Father Willis Organ with Organist John Kitchen.

When the 1876 ‘Father’ Willis was first open at Downhill UP Church, the Glasgow Herald warned that the organist should ‘beware of the powers at his command.’

This wonderful instrument was at risk when the building, now Cottiers, was taken over by the Four Acres Charitable Trust in the 1980’s. In 2004 The Heritage Lottery Fund approved a 63% grant for restoration.  On the 20th May the results of this can be heard in the first official concert recital by John Kitchen, organist at the Usher Hall.

Willis organs are famous for their qualities of boldness and brightness matched in this case by the boldness and brightness of Daniel Cottier’s decorative scheme.

Restored elements of this famous provide the setting for the organ – this unique event will provide its privileged audience with a profound insight into the thrill of Glasgow’s Gilded Age.


Tickets are £10 at the door, or can be booked on through the Cottiers website!


Associate funders:

Four Acres Charitable Trust

The W M Mann Foundation

Iain McGlashan

Kelvin Taylor


Organ Consultant: James MacKenzie

Curator: Matthew Hynes

The Organ has been restored by Harrison and harrison Ltd


For further information please go to 

Four Acres Charitable Trust is a company Ltd by Guarantee Registered in Scotland No. 85096 Registered Office: 292 St Vincent St. Glasgow. Recognised by the Inland Revenue as a Charity: Scottish Charity Registration No. SC004689.