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

15 August 2017 - 01:41 PM

It has been noted elsewhere that several groups that currently use the church already have confirmed bookings for next year.
When is a contract not a contract?



And, I think, St. Sep's has said that it will honour all bookings made for 2018!


One thing that concerns me is the amount of emotive language being used by the press and others about this issue. Of course, it is 'silly season' and the press have nothing better to do than to make any negotiation between the church and the hiring bodies even more difficult than it probably already is!


I don't know St. Sep's but I do know that it is an off-shoot of Holy Trinity Brompton which isn't where I would choose to go to church on a Sunday. I suspect that the large numbers attending both services on a Sunday and midweek 'worship' activities make space at a premium. I might be wrong here.


I don't think it is about 'classical' music versus 'trendy' or whatever and I think that is a dangerous road to go down. What I will say is that I do think that the whole business seems to have been handled very badly - but, sadly, diplomacy isn't taught in theological college - nor, dare I say it, in music faculties either!!. 

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

14 August 2017 - 07:47 AM

Interesting that the church website, which seems current and up-to-date, still has a seperate page for 'Hiring'.


St. Sepulchre’s is an ideal venue for concerts or rehearsals. Conveniently located near several transport hubs, it has a large and well-equipped main space, a separate rehearsal room, modern facilities, and green rooms available on request.


and, whilst it seems that St. Sep's has become a branch of Holy Trinity Brompton, the tradition of singing Choral Evensong remains and is being funded..



Evensong is a traditional service with beautiful choral settings of scripture and prayers, set alongside readings and a short sermon from the Bible. St. Sepulchre’s has a rich choral heritage and the music is led by our superb professional choir. It is a great way to unwind and refresh at the end of a busy day.


We have been extremely fortunate to have received some very generous donations, to fund elements of our choral worship here at St. Sepulchre’s. We are particularly grateful to the following:


The Mercers’ Company  – who are funding the costs associated with employing our Director of Music, Peter Asprey


The Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel – who are funding an Organ Scholarship here at St. Sepulchre’s, currently held by Ashley Wagner


The Musicians’ Company – who are funding a choral scholarship at St. Sepulchre’s, currently held by Emily Meredith

St. John’s College, Oxford – who have been our Patron at St. Sepulchre for more than 350 years, and who are funding a choral scholarship at St. Sepulchre’s, currently held by Eavan Dowse”


The website also says:


We also have a rich heritage as ‘The Musicians’ Church’, and are passionate about our ministry and mission amongst the musicians’ community and using excellence in music to the glory of God.


All of which doesn't seem to  add up or sit happily with https://slippedisc.c...-its-musicians/


Very strange!!!

In Topic: Proms 2017

09 August 2017 - 08:01 PM

That looks to be an interesting day at the 'Proms'!


Thank you for pointing it out!

In Topic: Servite Priory Fulham

09 August 2017 - 08:00 PM

There is a Regal 16' on the Brustwerk on the GDB at York as the sole reed on that manual - and on the GDB New College Oxford organ it appears, as a Holzregal 16', again on the Positiv - but, this time, with an 8' Schalmei Krumhorn.


I remember hearing the York 16' in about 1971 sitting next to an lady organist who had been a pupil of Bairstow. "I don't care what Dr. ...... says, it's not a musical sound" was her comment about it. 

In Topic: Servite Priory Fulham

07 August 2017 - 11:41 AM

II  found this, a review of a CD by Norman Harper


"The 3-manual Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ at Fulham must have been a revelation upon its arrival in 1968, and it still sounds well today. I don't hear any of the "aggressiveness" that GDB have sometimes been accused of; on the contrary there's a bold, vibrant organo pleno & attractive warm quieter registers. Bach, Brahms, Bruhns, Kellner, Mozart and Russell effectively put the organ through its paces in Harper's substantial programme of music.

Harper's performances are excellent with an impeccable seamless flow. One might wish for stronger characterisation - more ornamentation and flexibility of tempo perhaps - but it's good that he lets the music & the organ speak for themselves. He provides an informative booklet and Christopher Town delivers a wonderfully natural recorded sound"


...........   and the NPOR gives 1998, 30 years after it was built, as it being 'completely refurbished' by Michael Buttolph.


I remember the installation - it did cause quite a stir - along with St Martin's Hull, which preceded it (1966) York University (1969) and, later, New College Oxford (1975).