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  2. Yes, awful news but let's hope insurance will do its thing and given time, all will be well and they will rise again even stronger. Very sorry to hear that one of the employees was hurt and hope he is ok. Just picked up my copy of the latest Choir and Organ to find a feature on the company written by Paul Hale which just serves to make it all the more sad at what has occurred.
  3. Perhaps a sign of the times... another item of sad news. https://laukhuff.de/?lang=en
  4. Just pointing out that there's an interesting small organ on Ebay at the moment. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324678766126?hash=item4b985cce2e:g:yeoAAOSwv-ZaS7QZ It being in Italy is a drawback to visiting it and transporting it. There's a link to a video of it playing and I can't say I like the reed in the Couperin and it is more top heavy than would suit a small room. Swapping a couple of ranks out could make a difference and turn it into something very good.
  5. Fans singing in pictures here were definitely not outdoors. Yet this is considered acceptable?
  6. Very sad news, and I share S_L's sentiment that they will bounce back. However there are some things that insurance can't replace such as plans and drawings and unique hand-made tools that may have been passed down from one builder to the next. I also feel for any church or venue that may have had an organ in their workshop as they will have lost their instrument.
  7. As one who has experienced serious fire, first hand (I woke, at 04h00 one morning in February to see a raging fire at my house!) I can say how traumatic it is, standing, watching the fire people pouring gallons of water all over! But it is possessions/belongings that are destroyed - and insured - and can be, largely, replaced/rebuilt etc. Loss of life can never be replaced. I was safe and I am pleased to hear that there was no loss of life at Dobson's. A firm as distinguished as Dobson's, the work they did at St. Thomas' NY was wonderful and the organ at Merton College seems highly regarded in Oxford, will rebuild and come back.
  8. Really awful news. The website of Classic FM here in the UK reports that the cause was a fan which malfunctioned and caused sawdust to ignite. https://amp.classicfm.com/music-news/dobson-organ-workshop-building-fire-tragedy/ St. James, King Street, Sydney - who had recently awarded Dobson's the contract for a new organ - have posted on their Facebook page that "Dobsons advise that they are fully insured and that their intention is to continue in business." My thoughts and prayers are with all of the company's employees. I hope that the company will be able to rebuild and bounce back in due course and that the sounds for which the company has rightly earned recognition will be produced once again. Dave
  9. Yesterday
  10. Just to muddy the waters a little! In France, apart from in April/May of last year when the churches were closed we have been allowed to sing. I find myself playing the organ for a Sung Mass, weekly, at the monastery at Echourgnac in Department 24. Up to last Sunday the congregation and the sisters were required to wear masks but, last Sunday the Sisters made a decision that, in future, they wouldn't wear masks. The congregation are required to sit on every other bench in the church and have to sanitize their hands on entry. The sign of peace has, thankfully, been 'put on hold' and communion is under one kind and received only in the hands.
  11. Perhaps it's also worth mentioning that football spectators still need to be socially distanced with total numbers limited to 25% of the stadium's capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000. What actually happens in practice I can't say as I have no interest in the sport. But why socially distanced amateur choirs are not also allowed I cannot guess, except that it seems entirely typical of the Keystone Cops style of government we have had to endure.
  12. 'Presumably the distinction isn’t between singing at sporting events (allowed) and between congregational singing (forbidden), but between outdoors and indoors.' Exactly.
  13. Utterly dreadful news. Their Facebook page has some reposted links from other pages and groups, including photos. From looking at them, it seems the entire building has indeed been destroyed, and if what the reporter in the above video says is correct, that would also include their archives.
  14. That's great thank you. You mention about soft pieces after service, they would suitable for the end of evening services (once a church I play at starts them again).
  15. The missing low C# is simply because before organs were tuned to equal temperament (or another well tempered temperament) chords based on C#/Db were unusable because of the tuning. Any piece in Db major could use the low C# (AKA Db) in modern tunings. Every Blessing Tony
  16. Awful news that the factory has been destroyed by fire yesterday. Fortunately nobody was killed but one guy got badly burned.
  17. This Sunday sees the first Celebrity Organ recital at the Cathedral this year: Celebrity Organ recitals - St Edmundsbury Cathedral (stedscathedral.org) Each one will be livestreamed on this ‘channel’: (20+) St Edmundsbury Cathedral | Facebook I have to admit to a personal interest, as one of my organ works will be performed later on. This will provide the first opportunity for me to hear it live since its recording (again in Suffolk) almost three years ago. I have not visited this Cathedral since its completion and only knew the previous (Nicholson) organ, when it was still fairly new. Looking forward to it.
  18. Last week
  19. I do wonder how many keys on the typical organ have never once been played except when being tuned - with a mechanical pedal coupler they would at least be played more often as I expect pretty much all pedal notes will get used, but manual notes? I thought some baroque organs didn't have a bottom C#. Can anyone think of any music which requires a manual bottom C#? Or a top B for instance?
  20. I wonder why people always think of compromising the top note. We did very well for years without a bottom C sharp!
  21. Op. 105 is an excellent collection (especially if you like Gibbons). In terms of musical quality it perhaps has the edge on Op. 101. Like the other volume it alternates soft and loud pieces. Of the latter, nos 2 and 4 are straightforward. No 6 is a much more substantial piece; indeed it feels a little out of place, as there is nothing else on that scale in either of the two volumes. It’s not difficult, but would take more learning than anything else in the two books: well worth putting in the effort, however. The music is long out of copyright and available on line if you want to check it: https://imslp.org/wiki/6_Short_Preludes_and_Postludes%2C_Op.105_(Stanford%2C_Charles_Villiers) (I'm assuming above that you’re looking for louder pieces as out voluntaries, though of course there’s nothing to stop you playing a quiet piece occasionally (or a loud one before the service) by way of a change ….)
  22. Presumably the distinction isn’t between singing at sporting events (allowed) and between congregational singing (forbidden), but between outdoors and indoors. I haven’t checked the English regulations but here in Wales outdoor singing is allowed and we have thus had congregational singing locally at open air services (even in the rain!). Now the weather is better I have wondered about suggesting that congregations that want to sing meet to sing two or three appropriate hymns outside the church before or after the service (rather as the Elizabethan Injunctions envisaged the use of metrical psalms - for those who like historical precedents ….)
  23. I had looked at the book you mentioned (online). Reading your summary, I'm currently pleased I didn't order it. However, at the time I was mostly after the first piece in the 1st six short preludes and postludes book. My old photocopy from my organ teacher has eventually bit the dust. I just checked my book and an old photocopied (35 years old) page from 1st Prelude in F. It still has I II and III. I thought I was playing the first section on the great all those years back, so took I, II and III as Swell, Great, Choir. Top to bottom. I'm going to have to try it with the suggestion above that makes sense, order of importance. Perhaps I started on the swell. Also in the book there are swell, great and choir indications for other pieces. Perhaps, it's not important which keyboard, just a different registration. What is the 105 book like? Difficulty level and types of pieces. I'm trying to find end of service voluntaries.
  24. Thank you everyone for your replies and input. I've had a couple of PM's as well. All being well I should have parts I need to fix the organ myself. I'll update the thread with the outcome. The organ is maintained regularly, they have a chap that isn't particularly local (2 1/2 - 3 hour drive). He hadn't long attended to the organ, replaced a pipe and fixed a few notes that sounded with no key being pressed. I wanted to try and avoid getting him back until the next scheduled visit. As this looks straight forward, I figured it wouldn't be to hard to replace the part myself. Also not sure if he approve of someone else (myself) trying to fix it, otherwise I would contact him for the part. I had considered that. I decided against it. Just incase it doesn't fix it, and for some reason the part works itself off again. Also didn't want to risk dropping the donor part. Lastly, I'd probably need the top not next time I play the organ. It only goes to top F.
  25. I heard the most raucous football crowd “singing” on the radio news this evening. So unfair. I’m sure there is less risk in matins but probably fewer votes and less chance of civil disobedience.
  26. Agreed that information on this subject is both complex and difficult to track down, but section 8 of the Ivory Act 2018, as amended, actually says this: 8 Pre-1975 musical instruments (1) An item that has ivory in it is exempt from the prohibition if— (a)the item is a pre-1975 musical instrument, (b)the volume of ivory in the instrument is less than 20% of the total volume of the material of which the instrument is made, and (c)the instrument is registered under section 10. (2) In this section “musical instrument”— (a)does not include anything that, although capable of being played as a musical instrument, was not made primarily for that purpose; (b)includes a bow, plectrum or other thing made for playing a musical instrument. Accordingly an organ, as such, containing ivory keys and stop knobs, piston heads etc., as an entity can be exempt. I would not care to speculate about individual components detached from the original instrument. Feelings run high on this subject; Frank Fowler used to get abuse at HN&B years ago. But the sting in the tail is section 10 - an extraordinarily convoluted procedure for registration of the item before any lawful dealing in it. Sorry, this probably is not much help, but useful to know that there are exemptions if the hurdles can be overcome, and accordingly relevant when buying or selling an organ rather than parts. I seemed to overlook your primary question! The Act prohibits ‘dealing’ in ivory. ‘Dealing’ is defined and it does not extend to gifts, so that may provide the answer after all.
  27. I am nearing the end of a project to complete a 100 year old Hunter organ, using genuine Hunter material of appropriate scale etc. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of material which either I had to take to get what else I wanted, or which turned out not to be quite the right thing. The time has come to start disposing of that. I have about 15 ivory stop knobs, and 2 x 61 note manuals with the white keys faced with ivory - both produced in Hunter's workshop about 100 years ago. I acquired these before the latest Ivory Legislation came into force. I realise that I cannot sell them - but can I give them away - e.g. as thank-you presents to individuals who have helped this project to happen over the years? I can't find anything on the internet about giving things away!!! Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I should be looking?
  28. Various news media and Facebook friends have reported this weekend that congregational singing is now permitted (as of yesterday) in the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, and in the US state and Diocese of Rhode Island. The dam is beginning to break - at least in other places, if not yet here. What do their scientists know, that ours don't? Or are their governments simply being less cautious and risk-averse than ours?
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