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  2. When I was a chorister there, the choir stalls were at the crossing end of the nave, further from the organ than now (still not far, the nave being so short, of course!). Evensong was sung there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; Wednesday was men-only, and Friday was unaccompanied at the East End (occasionally using the "Crotch" organ - no longer present - for continuo). Sunday mornings had Mattins in the choir stalls, followed for my first couple of years by the Litany, after which we processed to the East End for the Eucharist, which was unaccompanied; the only exceptions were Christmas Day and Easter Day when we sang the Eucharist from the choir stalls, with organ. No weekday Eucharists except 8am on red-letter saints' days, when the boys, alone, sang plainchant - most often, but not always, Missa de Angelis. Stories about what the choir got up to while having breakfast alone early, supervised by only the cook, don't really belong here... Paul
  3. Am sure there is a recording, made by Christopher Dearnley, playing the various organs in St Pauls ( Michael Woodwards St Pauls LP/CD's) https://www.prioryrecords.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_74&product_id=2095
  4. Whether it qualifies for inclusion in this thread or not, I am not sure, but a famous instrument that was designed to be moved around within a single building is the 'Willis on Wheels' at St Paul's Cathedral.
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  6. When I was there as an undergraduate 40 years ago the choir would normally sing at the West End but they were always at the East End for the Thursday Evening Eucharist (where the Mass Setting was always unaccompanied), which certainly gave the service a Mediaeval feel.
  7. This doesn’t answer your question about the organ but is perhaps useful background information. The central aisle (nave & choir) is entirely laid out in collegiate form. The choir used to sing at the west end. The choir has moved to the east end on account of scaffolding in the nave and ante-chapel related to conservation and lighting works. The new organ is described as temporary. https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/news/oxfords-cathedral/seeing-cathedral-different-light As the east end is a more acoustically pleasing space for choral music (more stone, less wood), I wonder if this is also a time of experimentation concerning the liturgical layout of the building.
  8. Is anyone able to say a little bit about what happens musically at Christ Church these days? I'm just curious about a very beautiful Evensong I have just watched (and I can't find the link) - it was Tuesday this week - Noble in B minor and Stanford Justorum Animae. Lovely organ playing beforehand - Howells Intrada 2 - (must get that out!) - but played on a two manual pipe organ. The whole service was accompanied on this small instrument and the main organ only used for the David Bednall voluntary. I know very little about the layout of the cathedral or complications that there may be between the extant organ and the position of the choir etc. Can anyone tell us what the new instrument is all about and whence it came, etc?
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    Nothing to do with me whatsoever - other than through making a purchase or two - but there are several really useful and worthwhile items of organ music on ebay at the moment including bundles of Howells (complete psalm preludes and rhapsodies) Whitlock, Bach, Karg-Elert, Leighton, Rheinberger, etc etc last verse arrangements, lots of Oecumuse publications - sorry, my memory fails me! Worth a look with a search on 'classical organ sheet music' especially on behalf of pupils etc. If you find the first 'bundle' and then search on 'seller's other items, that should be a helpful way forward. I've gone for some Paul Edwards - I always find his compositions worthwhile - and several, to my mind, are really distinguished.
  11. This is sad news. As for his book, he published it through Ex-Libris Books, so although they don't list it as their own publication, it might be worth asking them if they can sell it. Paul
  12. Very sorry indeed to read an announcement on the British Pipe Organs Facebook site that John died yesterday. His is a name that I have known for much of my life through reading the standard organ journals and magazines, so it was a wonderful surprise to find that, when I retired, such a highly respected and renowned organ builder was looking after the local instrument. I met him on several occasions when he came to attend to it and looked forward to these opportunities to hear his wisdom and sense of humour and marvel at his agility. We all despaired of the instrument's many failings and complete lack of quality, and his final advice to us was not to spend any more money on it. Not all that long ago, he wrote a small book called An Organ Builder looks back which is well worth reading if you want to learn more about him and his work. I got my copy direct from John himself and I can't see other sources on line this morning. The organ world will feel his loss very keenly.
  13. Update from St Paul's following on from Simon Johnson's move to Westminster Cathedral - https://www.stpauls.co.uk/news-press/latest-news/latest-news-from-the-music-department
  14. Eventually tracked down on the YouTube thread of this very same Mander board, posted by MM on 25th June 2010. He began with the organ chamades from Esztergom, adding “I'm terribly sorry! This is the more refined version:- MM”, and then followed up with the carillon with organ, trumpet and pan pipes. I suggested this might be from a church in Vienna, but have since wondered whether it could be somewhere in the Netherlands. I think it’s a masterly piece of coordinated playing! I think the organist aloft has a CCTV link, but that’s all - like many an English cathedral organist, I suppose. It’s a rousing piece, but can sound quite elegant in some orchestral versions. Inevitably there are several Viennese recordings, and others include the Berlin Philharmonic and von Karajan.
  15. The owner of the carillon in Nicolo's latest video has an extensive website with lots of info about his instrument and other carillon related material: https://en.bellslab.net/over-ons
  16. Wonderful Rowland - where do you find this stuff from? Clearly something is lacking in my musical education!!! And, after that, comes the next version!! One commentator enjoyed it so much they were thinking of having it for their wedding - which, for some of us, might be a slightly worrying thought!!!!
  17. Fingers-crossed, here it is (Adnosad, take cover!). There may be an Ad to skip at the start. There are several organ versions of ‘Wien bleibt Wien’. https://youtu.be/s0VQHewtgdA
  18. This is a link to the lady herself. She has quite a performing portfolio - ventriloquism, puppet shows, and carillon playing! A short description of her "kamerbeiaard", living room carillon, which explains that it is a carillon console with xylophoone-like tuned bars. Google translate is your friend here. Kamerbeiaard – Lydia Zwart
  19. And of course I immediately found this: Studie in deeltijd (beiaardcentrum.com) and this
  20. This travelling carillon is owned by the City of Prague and apparently makes regular tours, especially in Holland and Belgium. I know, and have seen, relatively small practice carillons used in carillon schools. Essentially they are a set of tubular bells with a carillon console. They pop up on local news programmes from time to time here in Holland, and one was for sale a couple of years ago. I thought about it, then thought about what my wife might would say, then thought no more. Typically, I cannot find any photographs of one, despite looking for a couple of hours. Traveling Carillon Prague – Reizende Beiaard Praag – Pražká mobilní zvonohra | SingingBells.com (wordpress.com)
  21. Yes, I don't think portable carillons are something a lot of people would be familiar with. I tried looking for the video Rowland Wateridge mentioned that was of “Wien bleibt Wien” arranged for carillon, organ, trumpet, and pan pipes, but I haven't had much luck. I did recently come across a video of a carillon being played in a band. 0:00 Street spirit (Radiohead) 4:16 Moon over Bourbon Street (Sting) 8:15 Roads (Portishead) 13:34 Life on Mars (David Bowie) 17:12 That's not how dreams are made (Jasper Steverlinck) 20:56 Summertime (George Gershwin)
  22. Not at all. It’s interesting to hear of bells supplementing the specific liturgy of the day. I guess this might happen also in the Netherlands and other countries where carillons are prominent.
  23. Apologies, that's probably my fault!! 'Erred and strayed like lost sheep' - it's what I do well!!!
  24. No answer is possible to Adnosad … “Ears have they, and hear not” … The once in 80 years experience was beautiful as well as magical. We are rather straying from portable carillons to the real full-size ones in towers. USA yields a rich harvest, most universities having one or even more; the University of Michigan has two on campus, one of them among the largest anywhere and also by Taylor’s of Loughborough. Just along the street from Washington National Cathedral is another large one at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This features during the Mass there on great festivals with a peal immediately preceding and leading directly into ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’. Dr Robert Grogan is Carilloneur and Organist Emeritus.
  25. Washington Cathedral has a Carillon and it is played every Sunday usually by the Cathedral Carillonneur, Dr Edward Nassor. It is an integral part of the morning worship, the title of the piece, often an improvisation on the music for the first hymn, arranged by Dr. Nassor, is printed in the Order of Service, preceding the Organ Preludes, the Introit and the Processional Hymn. The Carillon is made up of 53 bells weighing 64 tons. The bells were cast by Taylors of Loughborough, dedicated in 1963 and are the third heaviest set in the world. The Cathedral bells, a ring of 10 in D have a tenor weighing 32 cwt. (not that large as far as 'ringing' bells go!) which were cast, also in 1963, by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. They are usually rung after the worship, often to a quarter peal.
  26. Once in 80 years? That sounds often enough to me, Same could be said when it comes to visiting relations too!! To get back on the subject ; the Eaton Hall bells were actually cast by the Belgian foundry of Van Aerschodt of Louvain. There are 28 bells and 56 strikers. I think I am turning into a carillon geekfreak!
  27. There’s something similar at Winchester Cathedral, although I have only heard it once (in my now 80 years). Back in the 1970s Raymond Daveluy from St Joseph’s Basilica Montreal gave a recital (incidentally, Martin Neary was somehow able to bring a host of international virtuoso recitalists to Winchester in that era) and, as a noted improviser, Daveluy was inevitably asked to extemporise. He was given a theme by Anthony Caesar, and we had an impressive 10 minutes of wonderful varied interpretations and playing. At the conclusion, the theme was repeated on the bells from the tower above. The effect was magical!
  28. Phew! that was a close one in not being able to find the vid! To prove I am not a complete Luddite with regard to these machines/instruments I have to say there is a very good one close to the Flower Market in Amsterdam which when we last visited played a JSB Prelude quite nicely, even to my ears! Just to add to the list of these devices there is one attached to the clock mechanism in the chapel at Eaton Hall. It works to the extent that quite a number of the pins are missing so the tunes are not recognizable. Fortunately His Grace does not allow it to be operated.
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