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      Updated 27th August 2020

      F H Browne & Sons ltd is delighted to announce that it has acquired the trading name and intellectual property rights of Mander Organs Ltd. From 1st October 2020 F H Browne (Organ Builders) Ltd will revert to trading under the name Mander Organ Builders for all current and future contracts.
      Both companies are based in South East England, and three of the current FHB employees (including myself) are former employees of Mander Organs, so there are immediate synergies.

      We are delighted to have made this transition and look forward to working with our present and future customers both in the UK and Internationally.

      It is also confirmed that his forum will continue as it is now.

      Stephen Bayley
      Managing Director


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    • The lack of equality of opportunity is not just about numbers of places in cathedral and Oxbridge college choirs. It’s about the ranking of those places in terms of the institutions that are most likely to launch their former choristers into musical careers at the highest level. The “strike rate” for choristers from Kings, St Pauls, New College, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral is, I’m almost certain, much higher than from, say (and I mean no disrespect), Derby (my home town), Ely, Truro, Carlisle.
    • This subject cropped up yesterday on a ‘Christian’ blog where similar comments about inequality were being made.  But on delving, I found that The Times reported in December 2019 that the girl choristers in English cathedrals then actually outnumbered the boys - by two!  Of course that might have changed by now.  I’m not sure that some of the above comments are up to speed.  This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the girls’ choir founded by Richard Seal at Salisbury Cathedral.  After a bit of a gap - after all, it was considered revolutionary at the time - other cathedrals followed suit.  Most, if not all, now have a girls’ choir, and one or two are mixed and have been for some time, so there has been no lack of opportunity for girls in recent years.  Of course they have to pass the auditions just as much as the boys, but the 2019 figures suggested that they had achieved numerical parity then.
    • What is wrong with having separate boys' and girls' top lines? Mrs Humana has four nieces (as well as a nephew) who as kids sang in single-sex top lines in cathedral choirs and they were deprived of nothing. One of them is now in the choir at Merton and another sang in the various first-rate choirs of Wells Cathedral School. 
    • Is it the first awarding of the Nobel Prizes which took place in 1901, the year the Sonata was published and the year Rheinberger died?  It was divided equally between Jean Henry Dunant "for his humanitarian efforts to help wounded soldiers and create international understanding" and Frédéric Passy "for his lifelong work for international peace.  Of course, I may be way of the mark!!! But it's all I can think of!!!
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