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  2. Forgot to mention the time - 1145
  3. Rachel Mahon is obviously in favour at the BBC as she is on the radio again this Saturday (11th) discussing organ matters. Just in case anyone has overlooked it, her CD of Canadian organ music played at Coventry is thoroughly recommended, The Gramophone mag's editor's choice in March.
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  5. They were indeed a remarkable dynasty and, for quick reference, both have worthy biographies on Wikipedia. Freeman Dyson was born at Crowthorne Berkshire while his father George Dyson (later Sir George) was music master at Wellington College. Both moved to Winchester College as music master and scholar respectively and both contributed expertise in the two world wars albeit about the contrasting topics of hand grenades and bomber aircraft formation! It can be said that both were prodigies. George Dyson was the son of a blacksmith and a weaver from Halifax (on an American music publisher's website, I found this referred to as Halifax, Nova Scotia, but they graciously corrected this when it was pointed out that this was Halifax, Yorkshire, England!). George Dyson was FRCO at 16 and had a most distinguished musical career, culminating in Director of the RCM. His works include large-scale orchestral and choral ones as well as the possibly better-known songs and Evening canticles. I can't offer any direct knowledge of Freeman Dyson, but the Wikipedia article gives hints of extraordinary gifts from a very early age, and, in answer to Colin's point, I guess that at Winchester and later Cambridge he was exposed to exceptional artistic and intellectual environments. Later, moving to America, he reached the pinnacle of a scientific career there. In their different fields, both were men of outstanding distinction.
  6. Dyson in F is popular, I'm told amongst church musicians. When I was a boy we called it something else!!! Personally I like the Cmin. Unison setting! A bright pair indeed!
  7. I should perhaps have mentioned this earlier, but Freeman Dyson, son of Sir George Dyson, died on 28 February. The earliest recollection I can recall of Sir George is that some of the piano pieces I laboured through as a small boy were from his pen. But since I later followed a career in science rather than music it is his son, Freeman, whose work I am more familiar with. It isn't for me to take readers through the achievements of either of them, but they were both more than notable in their respective fields. I wonder whether the unusually broad and sometimes controversial aspects of Freeman's scientific career might have been encouraged by his exposure to the Arts as a youngster - he was certainly one who took an interest in, and contributed to, a bigger picture than that which most physicists seem content to look at. What a gifted pair they were, covering such a wide intellectual spectrum between them.
  8. Those of you that enjoyed Jennifer Bate's Bach from the RAH may be interested to know that, on YouTube, there are 3 LPs worth of Ralph Davier / Ake Leven, including over 50 mins of Bach. Also an LP of "French". and "Encores." All very welcome.
  9. Jonathan has been a long time growing on me, but this recital has finally brought home to me what a fine organist he is. Like most highly talented people there comes across strong evidence of humility.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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!
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  14. Great post providing the Bach recording from the RAH, many thanks for that!
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Obituary in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/30/jennifer-bate-obituary
  19. 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.
  20. I loved how that starts with a mobile phone announcement! Paul
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. If you missed today's Bridgewater hall recital on youtube by Jonathan Scott - here it is: P
  24. Daniel Cook now has a YouTube Channel, with performances on the virtual Salisbury organ. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6BL1uuNQMYdSWGJU7op_g/videos
  25. 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
  26. Didn't see this post until too late but I will try and catch it online. Dave
  27. Having a quick mooch on their website found this page: https://www.skrabl.co.uk/small-organs.asp
  28. 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.
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