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In Topic: Nigel Allcoat

01 October 2015 - 08:08 AM

My apologies for expressing an opinion, and here's me thinking that forums existed for an exchange of information, debate or mutual discussion. With that I bid farewell for the second time in two years, no wonder that there have been so few posts of late.

In Topic: Nigel Allcoat

30 September 2015 - 06:36 PM

I'll second that! Very elegantly put and thoughtful.
If only those in positions of power had as much honesty and humility. Grayling was, without doubt, one of the most dangerous and damaging Ministers of Justice we've had the misfortune to suffer.

In Topic: Arthur Butterworth (1923-2014)

27 September 2015 - 05:05 PM

Good to see that Arthur is getting some recognition now, neglected by the establishment for far too long.
Having lived in the same town for 20 years he was a very good friend and certainly knew his stuff. The Partita is a rather arid sort of piece, inspired more by Hindemith. It had been recorded at some point by Adrian Self at Catrtmel Priory. The Sonata is a rather weightier piece and I persuaded Arthur to send Kevin Bowyer a copy shortly before AB died, Kevin was preparing the Organ Concerto for a performance in Poland.
His manuscript handwriting was immaculately done, a real work of calligraphic art.
He was indeed a very kindly man even though we had completely opposite musical tastes! There are some very interesting articles he wrote on Musicweb International under a series called 'Arthur Butterworth Writes' . He had a good sense of mischief at times and was a mine of really interesting tales about many musicians.

In Topic: Specification Enhancement

21 August 2015 - 01:23 PM

Would this be at All Saints in Mickleover by any chance, it looks like it in which case I played it last year for a funeral, I was very impressed with it indeed, a powerful instrument indeed!

In Topic: UK 5-manuals?

09 August 2015 - 08:22 PM

Well spotted there Mr Pykett, and here's me thinking I needed to get out more whilst amiably ambling through eBay curios....
Good to see some decent photos of the old thing which was exceedingly easy to play and find your way around and it was a real looker.
I imagine the seller knew what he was doing (and I do know who it is by the way!).
It would indeed feel more at home in it's original place, it would make an ideal slave console.
Top marks for the eagle eye, it looks to be in pretty good condition.