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Peter Allison

Member Since 03 Jul 2005
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In Topic: St Sepulchre's - the church that doesn't want musicians

16 August 2017 - 08:15 PM

At my  dads church (Witton Gilbert), when he was the organist and choir master, had a fine Harrison (being in Durham), but when a young organist went there in the 1980's, it was soon replaced with a Copeman Hart analogue toaster, the  organist at St. Nicks, bought a few people to see it, 

In Topic: St Sepulchre's - the church that doesn't want musicians

16 August 2017 - 07:20 PM

was the church in Durham, a one manual?, if so, they were told it HAD to be  a pipe organ, to meet the restructuring guide lines (St, Nicolas)  I was a worshiper there on a few occasions.

I was a member of a " happy clappy, band led and organless church, and for all its local criticism (some called it a cult), it attracted 4-500 people every week, and about 300, when students were not in residence. I loved it, BUT also went to the Cathedral on sunday afternoons every week, so I was in both camps, as they say. Am now a King James  and BCP person, even to the extent of attending different church at christmas eve, 15 miles away, as there was no "bells and smells" at that one, as there was where my dad was organist


In Topic: York Minster

30 July 2017 - 06:38 AM

I know this is slightly off topic, but it is to do with York Minster.

I went to James Lancelot's recital there, last night (sat), and it was fantastic. He got sounds out of that organ, as if he was DOM there. Apparently, he only came down twice during the week to practice. It was note perfect throughout, and a very rare,standing ovation at the end, was very fitting . His appreciative smile brought a ray of light into that space, so much so, it brought a lump to a few peoples throats. Perfection.....

In Topic: BBC Radio 3 - Choral Evensong, 05/07/2017

03 July 2017 - 12:17 PM

IMHO, he  certainly deserves that position, knowing him quite well, the sheer work he has done at the Cathedral, over the years, and the personal sacrifices I presume he has made, are in themselves   are  deserving.


On a non organ topic, just the other month, I was sat in a chair, in his sitting room, with a log fire roaring, with just my dad and I, and James, sipping a drink, and talking about his up coming retirement to Tewksbury. 

A great man, if I say so, and they will be difficult shoes to fill, again imho

In Topic: Hull City Hall

10 June 2017 - 05:34 PM

and if I am right, the sound was from an ancient pair of Tandy PZM's and a tascam handheld recorder lol.

As a "non Organist", I am always very happy, when the person in command of a larger instrument, plays effortlessly, or near enough