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In Topic: Canterbury Cathedral & Manchester Cathedral, New organs

18 March 2017 - 01:09 PM

The French Horn on the right-hand Echo Organ in Symphony Hall, Birmingham is sublime.

In Topic: Coping with mistakes/failures

09 February 2017 - 08:31 AM

"I think my worst experience was in my late twenties when I was bawled out (literally) during a service by a newly arrived priest for playing what he considered was the "wrong" tune to some hymn".


Gosh, that brought back a memory. I was in my mid-teens and in my first organist's post other than at school. We too had a new rector who was considered to be and probably was a bit radical for a small country church and he announced that we would sing "O Jesus I have promised" to, "that fine tune Hatherop Castle". It was reported, although I have no memory of the exact words used, that I announced, "You bl**dy can, I'm playing Thornbury".

In Topic: 18/12/2016: BBC Radio 3 Christmas Around Europe

19 December 2016 - 08:42 AM

Why wasn't I listening?


1) A carol service at 16.00 and


2) another at 18.00 after


3) an early afternoon spent practising


4) and after that no wish to hear any more Christmas music...

In Topic: I spy with my little eye....

11 December 2016 - 01:47 PM

Stratford-upon-Avon 2 : Birmingham 0


This lunchtime; a very competent Salvation Army band and a less than competent busker with a cap for any coins, a santa hat on his head and some dubious-looking tinsel around his neck mumbling "O Come all ye Faithful" (I think) outside Poundland.

In Topic: Most bizarre specifications?

10 October 2016 - 07:40 AM

I last week played one of the instruments in our benefice for the first time having been asked to play for a few services in the near future. I don't think that it's especially bizarre but there are some odd features and the keys are the yellowest I have ever seen.


The Open Diapason finishes at bottom F, the Dulciana and Claribel Flute finish at tenor C and the Stopped Diapason Bass is just the bottom octave so needs to be drawn all the time. The principal chorus is powerful and I think will need to be used with care in this relatively small church. The 4' Principal is a little too large to use with either the Claribel Flute or Stopped Diapason, a combination that I use a lot in my own church, but I shall need to hear it from the body of the church before deciding what will and will not work.


The pedal board is awkward being short compass, straight, with the notes closer together than usual and shifted to the right by about 4 notes so that bottom C is about where one would expect bottom F to be. I've never had any problem with looking at my feet whlle playing but it will be particularly essential here.