F H Browne & Sons ltd is delighted to announce that it has acquired the trading name and intellectual property rights of Mander Organs Ltd. From 1st October 2020 F H Browne (Organ Builders) Ltd will revert to trading under the name Mander Organ Builders for all current and future contracts.
Both companies are based in South East England, and three of the current FHB employees (including myself) are former employees of Mander Organs, so there are immediate synergies.
We are delighted to have made this transition and look forward to working with our present and future customers both in the UK and Internationally.
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I think Simon Preston was the first organist to become famous nationally while still (only) organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, such was the impact of his accompaniment of the Nine Lessons and Carols services several years running. Unlike some others here I never met him. I recall a BBC television programme from New College, Oxford (would such a thing happen now?) when he played and spoke enthusiastically about the new Grant Degens and Bradbeer organ. I heard him once ‘live’ and I can date it accurately to 1962 - on my 21st birthday! - when he gave a recital at Westminster Abbey. There were probably other times, but that remains firmly in my memory. May he rest in peace.
I heard him "live" only once, when he played the Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm at the RAH Proms in the early 1980s - an event never to be forgotten. Also saw him at Evensong in Westminster Abbey back in the day. I guess like many aspiring organists in the 1960s and 70s for me he was a great source of inspiration and greatly revered, and somehow, like Dr Francis Jackson he was always there in the background of my mind.