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Tinsel and Tunes: Aaron Hawthorne with Kirsty Duncan in Concert

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  • December 16, 2023
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We’re delighted to announce the first Christmas concert at The Corstorphine Astoria Centre since the Ingram’s full refurbishment. Join us for a festive journey through the 1920-40s in “Tinsel and Tunes”!

Award-winning organist Aaron Hawthorne will be joining us for an evening of vintage yuletide music, accompanied by renowned mezzo-soprano Kirsty Duncan.



Aaron Hawthorne is a professional musician with a Master of Arts (with Honours) degree from the University of Glasgow. He frequently performs organ recitals, concerts and silent film accompaniments across the UK, Europe and the USA.

He started his career as an organist in Motherwell Cathedral and was later the principal organist at St Bride’s Roman Catholic Church, Cambuslang for five years. He is currently a house organist at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow.

Following his 2019 performance at the American Theatre Organ Society’s annual convention in Rochester, New York, he won the international Young Theatre Organist competition. A few months later, he was awarded the Ian Sutherland Award by the Cinema Organ Society. He has served on various organ preservation committees, including the Cinema Organ Society and Scottish Cinema Organ Trust. Aaron devotes much of his week to fulfilling the role of “Arts Development Officer” for North Lanarkshire Council, promoting accessible community arts.

He has now completed two UK+ silent film tours, with The Phantom of the Opera (1925) in 2021 and Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) in 2022. These performances have been critically acclaimed and the shows successfully engaged new audiences with the worlds of silent film and pipe organs.


Kirsty Duncan is an award-winning Professional Singer (Mezzo) based in Glasgow. She has a BA (Hons) Music Performance (2:1) from York St John University.

With a vast repertoire and a particular love of Jazz, Musical Theatre, Disney and Opera.

Whether singing at Wedding Ceremonies, Surprise Performances, Burns Suppers, Concerts, alongside Afternoon Tea or in your home, Kirsty loves being part of special events.

Kirsty started collaborating with Theatre Organist Aaron Hawthorne in early 2022 and since then they have performed together at a number of events including providing Live Accompaniment for a showing of the silent film The Phantom of the Opera (1925) in Ayr Town Hall.


Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

Doors open at 6.45 pm.

Tickets are non refundable.


Venue Website:

18 Kirk Loan, Edinburgh, EH12 7HD


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