The Kirkhope Choir

Local Edinburgh choir of about 50 voices established by John Kirkhope, a local businessman and keen amateur musician.   The choir had given many performances over the years under the enthusiastic leadership of Mr Kirkhope but it was disbanded when he retired.   Professor Donald Francis Tovey, with the agreement of Mr Kirkhope, restarted the choir in 1918 and his ambition was that the choir would give at least two appearances each season at the Reid Concerts.  However, Tovey was not able to provide the personal touch of Mr Kirkhope to this commitment as conductor and the choir was once again disbanded in 1919.

The University of Edinburgh awarded John Kirkhope an Honorary D. Mus in 1918.