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  2. DaveHarries

    David Clegg

    Welcome to the forum. Good to know that some of his music etc. has survived. Dave
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  4. dbouckley

    David Clegg

    Just noted this topic on the net. I'm David Clegg's grandson and as far as I know his only descendant. He died in the UK, and my grandmother came to Australia with my mother. I have some scores, original manuscripts, photos and other memorabilia stored away if anyone's interested. David Bouckley Newcastle Australia
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  6. 'So mote it be' should be in the same key as Laus Deo/Redhead No 46. The problem with St Oswald being so widely used for the closing ode is that it's in D, and it ends (for men's voices) on tenor D; 'So mote it be' is sung in F or G. As far as tonality is concerned, St Oswald is a poor choice of tune, and that's why Laus Deo/Redhead No 46 is a better musical fit, and arguably a better tune.
  7. Good to see things are on a more stable footing again at Llandaff https://www.llandaffcathedral.org.uk/work-with-us/
  8. The previous Dean had no cathedral experience either.
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  10. Excellent! I want one! Er, does it play?
  11. I found this quotation easier to understand when taken in its full context. Below the main body of the advert are two sentences : "Applications are particularly encouraged from female, UKME and disabled candidates who are under-represented in the Cathedral and Chapter". followed by "Previous Cathedral experience is not essential".
  12. Doesn't sound too good. Perhaps a case of being careful what you wish for? Dave
  13. this looks fun, if you like Lego (which I very much do, having a small son around the place) https://ideas.lego.com/projects/50ad334b-fc10-4e8e-b1f1-a4c74fb3b80b?fbclid=IwAR1KjhWNpS4Is3gnZ9_L3pZkYpGqpl_eIfc33Jh4BnwQsip0vdPzkXnwakE
  14. I see, in the 'Church Times' today there is an advert for Dean of Sheffield. "Previous Cathedral experience is not essential"
  15. Thanks Wolsey - so, we're going for Laus Deo as that is the custom with the two local lodges affected. They can't sing, of course, but I will play the verses and then add 'So mote it be' at the end. So, Wolsey, ought I to play this in the same key or will they expect to hear me move to C major (from G) for that?
  16. I have the impression that this is an American recording. The singing doesn’t remotely match what I heard at the Masonic funeral mentioned above. It’s interesting that ‘St Oswald’ is (largely) used worldwide. When Martin first raised the subject, my memory went back more than 60 years with ‘St Oswald’ as the immediate answer. But for some reason ‘St Bees’ (also by Dykes) rang a bell. I now see from another video here that this is usually the tune for the Opening Ode.
  17. Here's a Youtube version: Closing Ode - 'Now The Evening Shadows Closing' - YouTube
  18. While a few Lodges will have local variations, St Oswald is by far the most commonly used tune for the closing ode. It is true that the juxtaposition of 'So mote it be' in G major after the last verse of the closing ode in D major (St Oswald) jars the sensibilities of many masonic musicians, but it would be unwise to attempt to change something (i.e. leaving 'So mote...' in D major) to which many are accustomed. Moreover, it has become so ingrained that in the occasional situation where musically untrained masons sing the ode unaccompanied, they will jump the upward perfect 4th from the end of
  19. How wonderful to hear Dave again - thanks so much Peter, I’ll keep an eye on that Soundcloud site. I can remember the Fulda session from a Doncaster visit - Dave’s ‘mucking about’ was often way ahead of some more professional attempts I’ve had to endure. Always full of clever and oblique references and played with a huge twinkle in his eye when you got it. Thanks again Peter.
  20. My only experience of a Masonic funeral evidenced singing of a very high order! I remember remarking to a colleague there that no one would know the first hymn (expecting the silence, apart from the organ, which happens in that kind of situation at weddings). But I could not have been more wrong. The brethren sang like a Welsh male voice choir, and very accurately it must be said.
  21. Thanks, everyone, for your contributions. I have heard a couple of melodies for 'so mote it be' and I think I am aiming for John Morris's version as quoted. But I am still waiting to hear what tune the local masons are familiar with for the hymn. In a youTube version of all of this, they sing the hymn /ode to St Oswald and then wrench themselves into a different key for the 'mote it be' which sounds most odd. I shan't be doing that. So, if we're going for St Oswald in D major, I shall be going for D, B, C sharp, D. and if 'Laus Deo'... G, E. F sharp, G... which shouldn't be too far from the ma
  22. A late friend of mine, Mr David Rogers played the closing ode in the form of an improvisation, in Durham Cathedral in 2008, its on my soundcloud, along with another "Masonic" based one, (as my late father and I and David are/were Freemasons) https://soundcloud.com/peter-allison-571354835/masonic-improvisation
  23. You may know this already (perhaps it's already well known in Masonic circles) but I accidentally discovered in the course of researching William Spark that he had compiled what seems to be an extensive collection of Masonic music for various instruments and genres: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/dr-william-spark/
  24. Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question about improvement as I never heard the organ in the flesh before the work done by Ruffatti. But I went to a recital by James O’Donnell in February last year, almost on the eve of the first pandemic lockdown, and the instrument, matched by the playing, sounded superb.
  25. The only one I have encountered, slightly simpler - in D major, D (up to) G G (down to) F sharp. Perhaps, after the funeral, Martin Cooke will tell us which tune he played, and how he rose to the challenge of “so mote it be”!
  26. I played a number of Wells-Kennedy organs whilst visiting a fellow organist who is based in Northern Ireland, and I thought they were exceptional instruments. The organ in St. Michael’s Church in Enniskillen is a masterpiece, and deserves to be more widely known. The voicing is superb. I only met David McElderry once, but the comments about him in the obituary align exactly with my recollection of him. His passing is a real loss to organ-building, both in Northern Ireland and in general.
  27. Greetings, Today's (07th April) edition of The Daily Telegraph here in the UK contains an obituary for David McElderry, MD of the Wells Kennedy Partnership, who died 15-Feb-2021 aged 64. Dave
  28. If I remember correctly, the melody of 'so mote it be' (in this case, in F major) would be: F (down to) D, (up to) E, (up to) F.
  29. Direct quotation from 'Wikipedia'
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