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  2. Richard Fairhurst

    Christmas music 2018

    I've been exploring Jean Bouvard's book of 'Noels Traditionnels' - an interesting take on the old tradition of French organ noels with variations, not too challenging but with occasionally unpredictable harmonies. £20ish from here: https://www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music/products/7088440--noels-traditionnels-organ
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  4. DHM

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Apologies - a “Senior Moment” on my part. It was indeed “Hear my Words”. And that, too, would make an excellent addition to the lists above (for the reason I erroneously quoted). 😀
  5. father-willis

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Was this not, 'Hear my Words ye people' ?
  6. DouglasCorr

    P D Collins Organ At Turner Sims

    Further details can be found here https://orfordorganproject.com/
  7. sbarber49

    Christmas music 2018

    Does anyone else play the Rathgeber Christmas Pastorales? I find them very useful for playing before carol services. Jolly and lively. http://shop.trinitycollege.com/shop/prod/Rathgeber-Johann-Valentin-10-Christmas-Pastorales-Organ/684858
  8. Barry Oakley

    "THE" Toccata

    I’m one of those who whilst I like most of Widor’s output, have become averse to his famous Toccata. Unfortunately it has been flogged to death and become a hackneyed classic. Yesterday I attended the Requiem mass of a dear friend, a former Benedictine nun, in the Pugin chapel of Oulton Abbey near the town of Stone. Its modest two-manual organ has not an array of reeds (thankfully) to do the said Widor Toccata any form of justice. Instead, the most talented young George Gillow played a selection of Trio Preludes based on Sarum chant hymn melodies by Josef Henriksen and R V-W’s “Rhosymedre” at the start and finished the occasion with Howells’ “Master Tallis Testament.” Today, George heads back to Toulouse to enjoy the delights of the cathedral’s Cavaille-Coll where he is doing a further stint as an organ scholar.
  9. Vox Humana

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Quite a few times! Thinking back to my grammar school days I can remember the school choir singing - and enjoying - the following: Brahms - How lovely is thy dwelling place (from the Requiem) Britten: Noye's Fludde Bach: Christmas Oratorio pt.1 (needs soloists) Bach: Cantata 140: "Wachet auf" (also needs soloists) Other approachable possibilities (but, again, all requiring soloists): Vivaldi: Gloria Vivaldi: Magnificat Pergolesi (attrib.): Magnificat
  10. Contrabombarde

    "THE" Toccata

    My mother left the church to Widor when she was married and was most insistent that she should leave the same church to the Widor when she died. A professional concert organist very kindly played for the funeral, thus taking my mind off the thought of having to play such a challenging piece myself on such an occasion, though on second thoughts had I played it at the pace Widor was recorded as playing it (and what a magnificent recording it is too) I could have probably managed it note perfect.
  11. Contrabombarde

    The organ in the chapel, King's College London

    Following this thread with interest having been an organ scholar myself first under Ernie Warrell then subsequently David Trendle and many fond memories from that wonderful Byzantian style chapel. Somehow I managed to combine that with medical studies too.
  12. Contrabombarde

    Christmas music 2018

    I'm leading a service of nine lessons and carols next Sunday afternoon in my church. So far so good you say....but almost all the musicians are children from the church ranging from 5 to 18 years old, some singing, some playing instruments. All the readings and even the bidding prayer are to be read by our younger members. I'm sure someone once said about never doing anything with children or animals on live television, I'm beginning to understand why! But it's going to be fantastic regardless.
  13. Fiffaro

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Wow! Lot's of ideas! So many thanks and much appreciated. Some I know but hadn't thought of in this context and many to have a listen to, such as Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens, that I don't know. Sumsion's They that go down to the sea in ships is the first unknown suggestion I listened to. How could I not have come across it before! 😊 Handsoff, Stainer's time might be coming. There has been a performance of the Crucifixion in recent times in Melbourne, Australia. I'd like to think we are at the forefront of the revival rather than the tail-end of musical fashion.
  14. timothyguntrip

    C.S. Lang - Organ Music

    I will look this one up - it appears to be available as an OUP reprint, along with a Toccata and some sets of Chorale Preludes. Having dug out the 'Christ's Hospital Papers' by Nicholas Plumley last night, from a large collection of books I came into possession to from the estate of late organ builder, Brian Bunting - it would seem that a lot of Lang's organ music was published after his tenure at CHH. On another note (and perhaps a seed for a new thread) - have there ever been any recordings made of the chapel organ at Horsham? Many of the registrations in the organ pieces allude to that instrument, particularly in the Sonata. Despite living not too far from Horsham, I've never heard the organ in the flesh. I'm pretty sure our hosts did some work on it some time ago in the 1980s. Tim
  15. DHM

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Martin Cooke's first response (above) mentioned Parry's "Blest Pair of Sirens". This was written for a Diocesan Choirs' Festival (in Salisbury, if I remember correctly), and there is a substantial semi-chorus part (presumably written for the resident cathedral choir) which could be taken by a group of more competent choristers, or even a solo quartet.
  16. DHM

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    A great piece, and as Richard said, "a wonderful bit of word-painting". As Vox Humana will recall, I have often said to choir tour concert audiences "If you don't feel sea-sick by the end of it, we haven't done our job well enough".😁
  17. David Drinkell

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    I like it too! It's had a bad press for a long time, but I think this is passing. It's fun to play, too.
  18. handsoff

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Stainer: The Crucifixion ...and yes, I really mean it! I am very fond of this work with its drama, word-painting and simply wonderful hymn tunes. A good tenor soloist is clearly needed and I'd allow you to omit the Prelude! I know it's unfashionable to like Stainer at the moment but his time will come again...
  19. wolsey

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Mathias: Let all the world in every corner sing
  20. sotto

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb Britten - Hymn to St Peter Bairstow - Blessed city, heavenly salem Durufle - Requiem (challenging for choir & organist!)
  21. Richard Fairhurst

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Sumsion's 'They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships'? Written for Repton Prep School, and a wonderful bit of word-painting.
  22. Martin Cooke

    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Thanks, Fiffaro for trying harder! A thought or two as an immediate response... Parry - I was glad, Parry - Blest pair of Sirens Parry - Hear my words ye people Rutter - Gloria Rutter - Te Deum Schubert - Mass in G Fauré - Requiem Handel - some Messiah choruses Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae Stanford - Te Deum in B flat Handel - Let the bright seraphim - (an opportunity for a soprano solist) & Let their celestial concerts Handel - The heavens are telling and/or Achieved is the glorious work Berstein - Chichester Psalms - All of these (except possibly the Rutter Gloria) can easily be organ only and they are all things I have done in the past with school choirs. Is this the sort of thing that you might have been looking for? Martin.
  23. I have been asked for suggestions for a work or works that would be suitable for performance by a collection of school choirs, ranging from auditioned to open to any student, with ages from around 11 years 18. The work will be performed in the Melbourne Town Hall where we are hoping to utilise to best effect the substantial organ there. Information about the organ is provided on the following Organ Historical Trust of Australia web page: https://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/MTH.html A number of years ago, this school performed Britten's Saint Nicolas, with some help from staff members and other ring-ins, and the choral director certainly is not averse to taking on big projects, but suggestions for shorter works that would feature the organ would also be welcome. I would very much appreciate any suggestions for works that would make good use of the organ. And I posted here because so many of the members have experience of both choral music and organ music. (Trying a bit harder...)
  24. Fiffaro

    Can we all try a bit harder?

    I am so sorry to hear that. Life can be challenging enough without having to experience such unnecessary nastiness. I hope our hosts were helpful in limiting the problem.
  25. Marc Murray

    C.S. Lang - Organ Music

    Introduction and Fugue on Redhead, is a fine piece too. I've played it a couple times over the past year.
  26. David Drinkell

    C.S. Lang - Organ Music

    I, too, used Lang's keyboard exercises when toiling for the RCO exams. I later passed the copies on to a pupil in similar circumstances and I guess they have, in turn, been passed on again. I was a pupil of Garth Benson's when I was a student at Bristol University - he was the "EGB" of the fugal trilogy and often spoke of Lang. I've never had a copy of it and often wondered what it was like.
  27. S_L

    C.S. Lang - Organ Music

    I'm sure that quite a few colleagues have used C.S. Lang's Harmony at the Keyboard & Exercises in Score Reading. I have a copies somewhere! The 200 Tunes for sight-singing were also excellent and, in the 'good old days' when A level students needed to be able to do this I used it extensively. I have it in my mind somewhere that I have heard the Evening Service in B flat - but I can't think where that would have been and, whilst I have a huge collection of 'Mag & Nuncs' it doesn't seem to be amongst them. Some of Lang's music is published by Novello - an interesting list: http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/composer/works/881/0
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