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DR. KITSON’S BRILLIANT CAREER

Charles Herbert Kitson
Dr Charles Herbert Kitson, at present organist at the Parish Church, Leicester, will preside at the organ in the Leeds Parish Church to-morrow.
Dr. Kitson, previously stated in "The Yorkshire Evening Post." is one of the three most favoured candidates for the post of organist and choirmaster at the Leeds Parish Church. The other two are Dr. Edward C. Bairstow, organist at Wigan Parish Church, and Mr. J. E. Adkins, organist at Preston Parish Church.
Dr. Kitson is an M.A. of Cambridge University, and Mus. Doc. of Oxford University.
A Yorkshireman by birth, he has had an exceptionally brilliant and successful musical career. He is only 30 years of age, having been born at Leyburn in 1874. He was educated at Ripon Grammar School and Solwyn College. Cambridge. He was awarded the De Grey exhibition of £5O for three years (extended to a fourth year), and Greek Testament prizeman, while at Ripon; and at Cambridge University be gained the organ scholarship, which carried with it the duties of organist in the College chapel.
While at Cambridge Dr. Kitson gained college prizes in theology, and took his B.A. degree that subject in 1896.
Previous to going to Cambridge, Dr. Kitson was a pupil the late Dr. Naylor, of York Minster. from 1886 1863. In 1897 he became Mus.Bac. of Oxford, and during his fourth year at Cambridge he was a private coach for the ordinary degree in Arts.
His first appointment was that of temporary organist and music master for a year in conjunction with Dr. Somervell, at Haileybury College. From there he went to St. Edmund’s School. Canterbury, where he was organist and choirmaster, and assistant classical master, from 1898 to 1902.
In 1901 he became Mus. Doc. Oxon., being the only candidate approved during that year, and it is noteworthy that he obtained his degree at the comparatively early age of 26 years.
He was appointed organist and choirmaster of St. John the Baptist, Leicester, in 1902, and he is also choirmaster of two other churches, and has under his control and direction 70 boys and 40 men, who are available at any time for a combined choir.
Dr. Kitson has done splendid work while at Leicester — where the services are of a cathedral type — and he initiated a festival choir society.
He has gained a reputation throughout England as a theorist of the first rank, has passed five men through the Mus. Doc. degree at Oxford, and last year, of the four candidates approved at Oxford, three were prepared by Dr. Kitson.

Extract:- Yorkshire Evening Post - Saturday 07 October 1905
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