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.
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The misogyny and ad hominem (ad feminam?) comments on that well-known other site are appalling. Adding to the general daily nonsense there, why would anyone feel at all attracted to the organ and the art of organ music, especially when many of the commenters are, apparently, church organists? And many of the same lament falling attendances, the closure of churches and consequent loss of many fine instruments. There are always those who knock the successful, presumably disdainful of those who combine ability with a strong work ethic, a peculiarly British disease. Many are apparently not aware of the particularly unwanted and threatening attention that young lady has had to bear. The only (almost) funny part of that is that on FB the churlish reveal themselves for who and what they are. Fortunately I am not on FB, as being retired and beholden to nobody I would not hesitate to take them to task, which would give me great delight though cause much trouble.
I have never met AL, but her enthusiastic influence is tangible and deserves admiration, nurture, and support, especially of all those she attracts to the instrument and its music. More power to her elbow! In the meantime, I have only just discovered the organ works of Florence Price who counted Alexandre Guilmant among her admirers, so there is work to be done.
Anna isn't doing anything all that different from anyone else. From film music, orchestral transcriptions, and the usual organ fare. She's been lucky enough to have been in the right place, at the right time, and used that, her skills, and her personality to promote the instrument in a friendly and enthusiastic manner across social media. She's had great success doing so and is bringing new people to the organ every day. I wish we had an Anna on the theatre organ side of things, nobody out there is doing what she is doing on the wobbly machines.