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  2. Rowland Wateridge

    Westminster Abbey

    This looks to be a lovely instrument. At the bottom of the web page (beneath Home) click on “Zurück” to find a wealth of modern and historic Dutch organs - along with two English invaders by Forster and Andrews and a much older Longman and Bates. I suspect that there are hundreds more Dutch organs on this website.
  3. Damian Beasley-Suffolk

    Westminster Abbey

    A couple of times a year the Anglican parish which my wife attends, which usually meets in a school, borrows the Dorpskerk (lit. village church) in Voorschoten, especially for a 9 Lessons and Carols service, to which all are welcome. As this is so different from any Dutch service, there's a pleasing amount of local interest and attendance, so when playing I do prepare some nice last verses, and perhaps a few arrangements in between. But the nature of the organ has led me to play arrangements without big registrations - it seems to work better to have a nice plenum and just leave it alone, and let the progression and harmonies speak for themselves. To an extent, of course, the instrument dictates this, having no swell, no celestes, no 32', no registration aids, and an awkward pedal arrangement, but it nevertheless enables the same effect of emphasising whatever the intention of the last verse is without showing off - I hope! And the instrument which has all of these "shortcomings" but which is still such a joy to play English music, last verses and all, on is https://www.orgelsite.nl/kerken22/voorschoten.html
  4. quentinbellamy

    Westminster Abbey

    Very much enjoyed the "last verse" arrangements. Did big last verses go "out of fashion"? It seems that some organists do them and others don't. Are they considered vulgar? (bearing in mind that good taste is the enemy of great art). The Abbey organ certainly seemed to make its presence felt....
  5. quentinbellamy

    Etymology of "Chrysoglott"

    This from the Piporg-L archive of Tuesday 6 May 1997: Tom in Feenix wrote: >>I have been told the word Chrysoglott is taken from old Greek and means silver tongue. --Actually, Gold! Likewise, Chrysostom means Gold Mouth. Greek word for silver is Argurion, like Latin Argentum. --Jonathan the pedantic Chicago
  6. Colin Pykett

    Etymology of "Chrysoglott"

    That's definitely the best lead I've had to date. So, maybe it means "silver-tongued" or similar? Makes sense in a vague sort of way. Thanks David. CEP
  7. David Surtees

    Etymology of "Chrysoglott"

    Well, glotta (or glossa) is Greek for tongue. Don’t know about the first half of the word, but there are several words in English that begin chryso-, all with Greek origins and seemingly related to gems or precious metals.
  8. Colin Pykett

    Etymology of "Chrysoglott"

    Does anyone know why Wurlitzer used the word Chrysoglott for their percussion stop which was in fact a Celesta? They used an actual Celesta mechanism or something close to it. What on earth does it mean? I've asked this of my theatre organ friends and nobody seems to know (or care). I also once asked a linguist, who couldn't think of any roots in the old languages she knew. It's probably just me, but these things niggle me until I find the answer ... CEP
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  10. John Robinson

    New Book on the Christian Müller Organ at Haarlem

    Well, thank you - all three of you! 😄 I shall certainly send for a copy.
  11. John Pike Mander

    New Book on the Christian Müller Organ at Haarlem

    As I have now retired from Mander Organs, my account has been taken over by Geoff McMahon, the new managing director. I suspect all my previous posts will appear as if sent by Geoff McMahon and I have a new registration. John
  12. Vox Humana

    Westminster Abbey

    Her Maj always sings hymns.
  13. Geoff McMahon

    New Book on the Christian Müller Organ at Haarlem

    Yes, I can confirm that my copy is in English. John
  14. John Furse

    Westminster Abbey

    I've just listened to parts of this fitting Service for the second time. Being 200% Welsh, I intend that Blaenwern be sung at my funeral - albeit to the 1747 words of Charles Wesley: "Love Divine, all loves excelling". I find the tempo perfectly judged and note that HM found it sufficiently stirring to sing along with the creditable volume (almost amounting to hwyl) emanating from the congregation. In this, and were it in my gift, I would accord them honorary citizenship.
  15. Rowland Wateridge

    New Book on the Christian Müller Organ at Haarlem

    On the website page which John indicated, go to the ‘Details’ section and click the link ‘Vrienden van de Grote Kerk’ and the English version comes up as No 5. Then click ‘Bestellen’ for the order form. I guess you may have to open an account, but there are contact details and asking the question in English won’t be any problem.
  16. John Robinson

    New Book on the Christian Müller Organ at Haarlem

    Thanks for that. I was about to send for a copy when I noticed on the web page it says it is in Dutch. Perhaps I have missed something, or is it possible to ask for a copy in English?
  17. stewartt

    Parish church organ scholars

    Thank you, gentlemen, for this useful food for thought although the Saffron Walden scheme is very much more extensive than I have in mind. Nevertheless the information is very helpful. What we might offer is on a much smaller scale - just three or four services a month and tuition provided elsewhere by others much better qualified than I. There is little opportunity in our part of West Sussex, as far as I know, for young aspiring organists apart from St Mary Portsea (again on a completely different scale). We would like to do something to address that, but it's not grand.
  18. handsoff

    Westminster Abbey

    Thank you Wolsey, that will explain the apparent change in volume in the broadcast. Time for another visit, I think...
  19. wolsey

    Westminster Abbey

    As Harrison's website explains, the pedal reeds were relocated from the south to the north triforium behind the Bombarde section to enable work in the south triforium. To my ears, they now have less impact from their new position if you're hearing the organ from the choir, but for those sitting west of the screen...⚠️
  20. wolsey

    Parish church organ scholars

    You may want get in touch with such foundations listed here.
  21. I have just been made aware of a very good booklet with wonderful photographs of the Christian Müller organ in the Bavokerk in Haarlem. The book was written by Anton Pauw and is in English. The book is available from H. de Vries Boeken for €9.95 plus €5.00 for postage at the web site below. I am enjoying my copy! John http://www.devriesboeken.nl/boeken/regionalia-algemeen/haarlem-diversen/nl/het-christian-müller-orgel-in-de-grote-of-st.-bavokerk-te-haarlem-anton-pauw-9789082895001/
  22. P DeVile

    Parish church organ scholars

    Here at St Mary's Saffron Walden we have an organ scholarship scheme - details here: http://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/music/organ/ Best wishes Peter
  23. handsoff

    Westminster Abbey

    I echo all the thoughts about the service expressed above. It sounded to me, listening with a mid-price soundbar and subwoofer, as if the pedal reeds were more forceful than I remember either from other recordings or being in the building. Has any revoicing been done recently or was it likely to have been simply the placement of the BBC's microphones?
  24. Vox Humana

    Westminster Abbey

    The whole service was absolutely wonderful. Professional, edifying and uplifting. Everything was so very well done. The icing on the cake for me was the dignified speed of the hymns, which were absolutely right for the large congregation present (although arguably Blaenwern was pushing it just a small fraction) and the two last verse arrangements were models of the type. That's how a church service should be conducted.
  25. I play at a village church with functioning SATB choir including juniors, middle-of-the road Eucharistic services including anthems, voluntaries and improvisations, congregations of 75+ who really sing the hymns and a very fine Tickell organ. I have had one or two enquiries from up-and-coming young organists about the possibility of an organ scholarship. I'd like to encourage this as I think we could offer really useful experience but I have no idea what the going rate is for this type of arrangement in a small parish church. These would typically be people in their final year of school or first year of college/university and would probably be around during term time only. In my last church we paid choral scholars £100 per term. Is this the right sort of number do you think? All advice/comment gratefully received.
  26. Barry Oakley

    Westminster Abbey

    A wonderful occasion indeed. I shall have to listen to the Judith Weir piece again before I come to decision.
  27. Martin Cooke

    Westminster Abbey

    I am sure that many forum members watched/listened to the service from the Abbey last evening. If you didn't, there were any number of points of interest, musically - a new anthem by Judith Weir which sounded to me as if it would repay a further visit, but especially, an exquisite performance of Elgar's The Spirit of the Lord - and Peter Holder's accompaniment of it was simply wonderful. You can catch the Westminster Abbey Solo French Horn twice during the performance - just towards the end of the organ introduction, and then again a few seconds or two before the end of the anthem... and very good it sounds, too. I believe French Horns are not always very convincing - as choristers at St Paul's, we used to listen out for it in this anthem, but I remember it being rather a weak and quiet stop, but my memory could easily be playing tricks. Whatever, the Abbey's can be heard by all in this broadcast and it sounds spot on to me. And then, I was sent running to the internet to find out what the organ voluntary was... York Bowen, Fantasia in G minor - what a piece!
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