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In Topic: Buckfast Abbey

10 April 2017 - 11:25 AM

Slightly embarrassing: I'm unable to locate the specification.


The links I've previously used no longer work.


Could anyone furnish one that does, or post the spec. here, please ?


Many thanks.

In Topic: Aubertin comes to Sussex

24 February 2017 - 10:58 AM

Thank you, sjf1967. I’d assumed it was more Cromorne-esque, to complement the mainly French Baroque/Classical specification. Especially since there’s a Voix Humaine on the Positif.


And, I’ve just noticed by zooming: is there some kind of swelling device on the right hand side, above the pedal-board ?

In Topic: Aubertin comes to Sussex

24 February 2017 - 08:34 AM

sjf1967: I have two questions, which do not ask you to divulge ‘sensitive’ info.


What does the Dulcineau sound like ? Do you know if there are any plans to release recordings of this wonderful looker – even if just on YouTube ?


This must be one of the largest organs built for private clients in recent years. I am sure members will be able to expand on this.

In Topic: Coping with mistakes/failures

09 February 2017 - 03:52 PM

The same edifice witnessed my accompanying of an annual service for the Girl Guides and Brownies; the building was crammed with very high frequencies.


I built up the last verse of one of the hymns (its identity has been, mercifully, erased from my memory) in the middle of the proceedings, to close the last line with the striking Tuba and growling 32’ Contra Trombone. All was well.


Then, with my left hand, I reached nonchalantly for the special edition A&M of Brobdingnagian proportions. Horror struck ! I dropped it awkwardly. It slipped down the manuals: starting with the Solo (where the Tuba flashed, as I hadn’t cancelled), on through Full Swell, most things coupled to Great, bounced off the Positive and landed on the Pedals. Rumble, rumble; grumble, grumble.


The Verger clambered up and around the stairs to the loft, a look on his face as if he was going to find dead bodies scattered on the floor.


Somehow, I regained enough composure to proceed with the remainder of the service without repetition, deviation or hesitation. Rarely has a ‘voluntary’ been so involuntary.  


In Topic: Coping with mistakes/failures

09 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

There was the time as a chorister when the two boys (fortunately not me) responsible for laying out the music got it badly wrong. I can’t recall the precise details, but Decani had, say, Tomkins and Cantoris, the Byrd Preces and Responses.


The Precentor's intonation was fine, of course, and presaged nothing of what was about to occur. The first choral chord produced looks of astonishment and bewilderment all around. The vocal amalgam sounded like Stravinsky. (I only knew this later.)


The so-usually-unflappable Organist was nonplussed and waved his hands in a ‘change over’ movement. Pages were hurriedly turned.

‘The Good Lord was most definitely slow to help us’, once more, as the same happened with slowly unfolding “haste”.


The Organist then said, out loud and quite clearly, whichever composer it was supposed to be and we carried on . . . nervously, but much more traditionally.