Stan Kitchen (1931-2018)


We report, with a heavy heart, the sad news of the death of Stan Kitchen. The man was hugely knowledgable about the industry and respected by all, along with his company, Studio Music. Here are a few words about Stan from Maurice Summerfield:

I knew Stan Kitchen for almost 40 years as someone with whom I would always have a quick and friendly chat on current business at annual BMF and Frankfurt Messe exhibitions.

I also met him a few times a year at Musician’s Company events. Like me, he was also a liveryman.  Stan had been a Liveryman of the Musicians Company since 1992, and was a long serving member of its Brass Band Committee.  He was a Company Steward in 2000/2001. Again I was always impressed by his warm personality whenever we met.  Stan always had a smile on his face which reflected his friendly personality.

Stan first found fame as a young pianist and ventriloquist, and as a teenager he performed on BBC radio’s ‘Carrol Levis Show’. I only found out recently that he was the pianist/MD for 30 years for the Beverley Sisters – in addition to working in his successful publishing and record business.

I know he will be missed by all that knew him”.

Stan took part in the much-loved NAMM Oral History interviews and you can see the great man and his recollections below: