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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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    • Following the recent post about the passing of the Finnish organist & composer Kalevi Kiviniemi - https://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/topic/5083-kalevi-kiviniemi-rip/ - here are a couple of videos featuring him. Firstly an arrangement, presumably by Kiviniemi, of "Zug zum Münster" (Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral) from Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin". This clip is played on the Grönlund organ (2007, III+P/ 55) of the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland and I very much like the effect given by the stop changes at 1:34 and again at 1:54. The Xylaphone (specification: http://www.gronlunds-orgelbyggeri.se/instrument/sibelius-talo/) goes well with this piece too at 3:13 which makes me wonder how the chimes or tubular bells of the Royal Albert Hall organ would sound in lieu for that bit. In my imagination the tubular bells would perhaps be better. Next up is Kviniemi's "Toccata" on the main organ (one of three in the building) of Turku Cathedral (Veikko Virtanen Oy, 1979-1980; IV+P / 78). The organ has its own website which is at https://www.turkuorgan.fi/en/; the specification, under the "Organ" tab, shows that the swell and pedal sections both contain 7-rank Mixtures. [b]Note:[/b] The clip does not appear here in the usual way that the one above does: embedding / playbaack on other websites has been disabled at the YouTube end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ki95-UbTeo Another one from Turku but this time a fantasia, by Kiviniemi (I presume) on the well-known tune "When Johnny". The shots of the ship hanging from the cieling of the cathedral seem quite appropriate given that "When Johnny" is a tune with maritime origins.   A pity I never got to hear KK play live: may he rest in peace (or should that be "rest in piece"?) Dave
    • The international Finnish organist Kalevi Kiviniemi died last week after suffering a heart attack. Although he didn't play any concerts in recent years, his exuberate style and improvisation skills won him many admirers. He also had over 200 titles in his discography and was the first to record the complete organ music of Jean Sibelius. He was awarded the Finnish State Prize for music in 2009. Fraser Gartshore, a long time friend of his, dedicated last Friday's organ programme on YouTube to him. Definitely worth a watch for the anecdotes and old photos as well as the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f687aa9X2jw My favourite YouTube clip of his is a spontaneous improvisation after an ambulance siren interrupted a recording session at St Ouen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gVVdj8hocA    
    • The wife and I are going to see Anna Lapwood at Manchester Cathedral in a few weeks.  She is an excellent example of young people who are going to resurrect interest in the organ in this country.  Jonathan Scott is another very impressive organist who can really make the organ sound as if it's being played by TWO organists!
    • David Pipe - not Pipes!!! Yes, I just read that too! And I agree with what you say!! It's high time that the organ, and the organists, got out of their 'fusty' archaic selves! Good on David Pipe - and Anna Lapwood - and all of those fine young players working so hard to drag the instrument screaming into the 21st century.  
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