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  2. Non-members of the RCO might like to know that during the pandemic their entire online content is available free to anyone. You just have to register at https://i.rco.org.uk/ Lots of instructional videos, audio files, articles, papers etc on a wide range of organ/church music subjects
  3. I like the Scott brothers, and have seen all the recordings, they show great musicianship and Tom is a fantastic photographer/videographer/sound engineer and pianist. Long may they continue to entertain
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  5. Just wanted to say I really loved the Jonathan Scott recital, and I would have missed it but for this thread, so many thanks to P DeVile, and 'Bravo' to Mr Scott (on the off-chance he's reading this forum)! The playing is brilliant, the repertoire is brilliant, the video editing is brilliant, the organ sounds epic, and the verbal introductions to the pieces are perfectly pitched. Great stuff: looking forward to the next one!
  6. Great post providing the Bach recording from the RAH, many thanks for that!
  7. I only once got to hear JB play a recital which was at the Colston Hall, Bristol. I forget when the concert was but it was extremely good. May she rest in peace. Dave
  8. Marvellous recording! Total rot that " one cannot play Bach on the RAH instrument. One can play Bach on ANY instrument. Many years ago I can remember seeing a young Jamaican lad playing a Choral Prelude ( forgotten which one! ) on steel drum. I jest not. it was a marvellous rendition and I feel sure that The Great Man himself would have wholeheartedly endorsed it. Anyway that excellent recording you have so kindly provided of JB proves the point completely. xx Good old Jennifer xx
  9. I was told that the critics loved the Liszt recording but someone said that of course the Albert Hall organ should never be used for Bach. She responded by including the St Anne P and F in her next LP. I have digitised (is that a word??) and put it here: P
  10. Obituary in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/30/jennifer-bate-obituary
  11. Yet another unfortunate loss to the organ world, and the world of music at large. Sadly there only appears to be one comment regarding her life and career in one of the daily rags. I have reminded myself as to the excellence of her playing by digging out her performances of List and Stanford at the RAH. Her televised performance from Norwich of Messiaen is still unforgettable.
  12. I loved how that starts with a mobile phone announcement! Paul
  13. A few years ago I had a go on the Skrabl practice organ then in a house adjacent to Saffron Walden parish church and it was very nice to play - comfortable and with a beautiful touch. I believe it is now in the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook.
  14. Yes, I enjoyed that. I thought the sound was really quite good even on my laptop speakers. A good choice of music, too, which should please most.
  15. If you missed today's Bridgewater hall recital on youtube by Jonathan Scott - here it is: P
  16. Daniel Cook now has a YouTube Channel, with performances on the virtual Salisbury organ. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6BL1uuNQMYdSWGJU7op_g/videos
  17. A few virtual organ recitals, either live or recorded are starting to pop up during this time of lockdown. In the absence of real pipe organs available, the virtual ones are being used instead: Richard McVeigh played at the (virtual) Laurenskerk in Rotterdam: https://youtu.be/m1Y-LejzR5I
  18. Didn't see this post until too late but I will try and catch it online. Dave
  19. Having a quick mooch on their website found this page: https://www.skrabl.co.uk/small-organs.asp
  20. My church has successfully used zoom for the last 2 weeks and we love that it allows contribution from anyone and we have even had a number of guests with us from around the country. Various choir members have supported the singing in different ways - piano, viola & cello, unaccompanied. We haven't tried organ yet, but I think Colin has nailed it on the head in saying that the zoom platform is optimised for spoken voice. Steady continuous sounds will get treated as background 'noise' and tend to get filtered out, also auto-levelling will play havoc with your crescendos. My advice is to stick to the piano - so long as your congregation have a tune to follow they'll sing along.
  21. I don’t suppose anyone knows the installed price for the Skrabl 4 stop instruments. Apologies to our hosts if that is not a suitable topic.
  22. Yeah the feeling that as you get old you become less optimistic about achieving the dream of owning a real pipe organ is something I have heard before. I sometimes wonder if I will ever realizes my own ambition of owning a pipe organ. As a child it seemed understandable that it wouldn't be until I was older when I could finally start work on fulfilling my ambition (as you wouldn't leave a 12 year old alone with power tools) but as I have gotten older I still don't feel that I have a better chance of fulfilling the dream.
  23. A house pipe organ is my dream. As the years pass the dream becomes less likely to be realised. I played the Peter Collins organ at Addington Palace quite a lot in the mid-late 1970s and many years later spent a day with Theo Saunders and his Collins house organ. I’d definitely prefer a small, mechanical action 2 man and pedal pipe organ at home to the most extravagant simulation either at home or in a church. At this time of lock-down who here would not relish the chance to play for a couple of hours a day on an instrument by our hosts or any number of similarly classy pipe organ builders from the UK, continental Europe or North America?
  24. Hi I've heard of one person who has a Scrabl practice organ, but not played one (yet). I have played around half a dozen other pipe home organs, ranging from a small 1 manual to a 3 manual theatre organ. Every Blessing Tony
  25. This is probably going to be the same as a previous thread regarding small organs but one thing that I have been curious about is the popularity of house organs. One particular instrument I am curious about is a four stop practice organ by Skrabl as I wonder how many of these organs Scrabl have managed to sell. Below is a link to an article on the Skrabl website regarding this organ. https://www.skrabl.co.uk/news-item.asp?NID=37
  26. Please correct me if I am uninformed but I thought that the livestreaming offered by Youtube and Facebook etc is essentially one way and hence not interactive? If you are broadcasting to several hundred people from a single location that's entirely appropriate. Our church service this morning consisted of about fifty families all watching one another on our laptop screens (over 100 people "attending") with the vicar having the ability to put the words of the hymns and the readings on everyone's screen to the side of the many user "windows" (for want of a better description). Although Zoom allows the "meeting organiser" to mute or unmute everyone else, in practice he didn't and it was up to individuals to mute themselves if not actively contributing because at various points in the service different people would read, I would accompany hymns, and all from our various living rooms. From the point of view of needing to conduct a service in which different people contribute from a variety of locations as opposed to being broadcast entirely from one location it met our needs very well; it would just be even better if we could improve the audio quality of live music. Whilst we've never worshipped in this way before as a church family, it was a profound experience.
  27. Ben - be interesting to hear a bit more about how you are doing it. I'm sure some of us have tried it and some haven't but advice from someone who's made it work would be great! Steve
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