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  2. It's not even 30 years old, but seems to be redundant. https://www.pipeorgans.eu/en/pipeorgans/Kleuker-Steinmeyer-68-IV-P
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  4. The Lewis At Teddington

    Other large Victorian piles........All Saint's Leamington Spa, St Matthew's Northampton, St Stephen's Bournemouth, Doncaster Minster, All Saint's Hove, etc. There must be loads! Most named so far also have stone vaults which is a relatively rare in a parish church? The main topic of this thread (Teddington), reminds me of a huge church in Southend on Sea which suffered a similar fate, though this church was demolished (however, the organ was rescued and rehomed).
  5. Norman & Beard Question

    I was desperately trying to remember where this one was and by chance came across it just now! It's not on the great division - to answer the original question - but unusual non-the-less. I think the instrument was listed as redundant a little while ago: I don't know what, if anything, has happened to it. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N01505
  6. The Lewis At Teddington

    You have reminded me of Lancing College Chapel; Christ The King Gordon Square; St James Spanish Place to name just a few that I recall. I confess to having a passion for large pretentious church buildings!
  7. Bridlington Priory - Solo Clarinet

    Too many Paul H's here, it seems! Paul
  8. Bridlington Priory - Solo Clarinet

    Hello Paul Welcome to the board! they're an interesting bunch here!!! I was in Bridlington Priory last Friday during a rare visit to the UK. I hadn't been in there since the 1970's when Raymond Sunderland invited me to play. I also have, in not good condition, his Vista recording made in about 1972/3. Your pictures were fascinating and, yes, I'll bet the inside doesn't look like that now! They have a series of recitals during the summer and, one day, I'll get to hear the rebuilt Bridlington instrument. I shall look forward to that. Sorry, though! It doesn't answer your question! Why not contact Paul Hale? I don't know him, we have met twice I think, but he has always struck me as being most approachable and, of course, very knowledgeable - and he was the consultant to the recent rebuild! (unless, of course, you re PH!!).
  9. The Lewis At Teddington

    Hello, and whilst it's not my job to say so, "welcome to the board"! You'll find an interesting bunch here!! St. Alban's Teddington is a church I don't know but it has a fascinating history. Known as the 'Cathedral of the Thames Valley', it was designed to be based on Notre Dame in Paris and designed to be a good deal larger than the building there today with a massive tower. The congregation moved out in 1967 and it was deconsecrated in 1977. It's now the Landmark Arts Centre. It appears that, according to the NPOR, the organ has been 'destroyed or broken up'. I can think of a number of churches, built to grandiose proportions, fitted with magnificent accoutrements, sometimes including organs, that have not survived the zeal of those who built them. All Souls Halifax is no longer used for worship but, is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Holy Trinity Goodramgate in York (12th cent. but with considerable additions in the 19th cent. but with no organ ) and St Edmund's Rochdale (2 manual Hill organ with a magnificent case!) likewise.
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  11. Recitals

    Anne Page is to give a recital to mark the rededication, following restoration by Richard Bower, of the GM Holdich organ at St. margaret's Church, Upton (nr. Acle), Norfolk. The oncert, according to the link below, is to be on Saturday 30th September starting at 7:30pm. http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/joy-as-150-year-old-holdich-organ-is-returned-to-norfolk-church-following-82-000-restoration-project-1-5203269 http://uptonholdichorgan.org.uk/ Dave
  12. Recitals

    Saturday October 7th at 5pm. The 3rd Anniversary Recital marking the installation of the PPO organ in the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon is being given by Roy Massey, Organist Emeritus, Hereford Cathedral. I don't know the programme at the moment but can imagine that it will be very, very good! Note the early start time - very welcome to me at least as 7pm or later on a Saturday just doesn't work...
  13. The Lewis At Teddington

    Greetings folks, this is my very first post as a new member. Lewis At St. Alban Teddington - Pre Vandal Destruction Do members have any first-hand experience of this sad instrument, please? I played it just once in 1963 but can't recall the experience except to say that I remember there wasn't a case, so building frame, chests and pipework were laid bare. Furthermore, I recall bee's buzzing around the console, because they had made nests in the bricked-up unfinished west wall. The Willis 3 console - if my memory serves me well - occupied a space in the western-end of the south nave aisle. The instrument was located in the eastern end of the north nave aisle. So presumably was moved from its pre-war north chancel position, perhaps post WWW2. Overall though, a sense of being unloved and unfinished of church building and organ was felt. Please share your memories.
  14. BBC Radio 3 Choir & Organ

    An unexpected move in the right direction from the BBC!
  15. Youtube

    Indeed it is, but then Passau is 5 organs (main, north aisle, south aisle, choir and echo in the loft!) and it manages with (only) 5 manuals! My design for a hypothetical organ consists of two organs, each with 6 manual divisions and having only 4 manuals! Incidentally, I often find such translations a little amusing. In this case (Waldsassen) Holzregal 16' is translated into Wooden Shelf 16'!
  16. Hi all, First post on this fascinating board. Just wondering if anyone who's well-up on the organ at Bridlington Priory can help with a quick technical question? The original Anneessens specification (1889) notes that there was a "Clarinet Onches Libres" on (if I recall) the Choir. Is the current Solo Clarinet the same free-reed Anneessens clarinet, or did it disappear in one of the pre-Nicholson rebuilds? Some years ago Michael Smith (organist) and I spent ages surveying the pipework and photographing the innards for the organ's 100th birthday, but neither of us dared ascend to the Solo box - the access was via a home-made ladder propped up against the pillar adjacent to the front of the Swell box, clambering on top of the box and then up another ladder to the Solo in the triforium. Getting on top of the Swell box looked bad, getting back down again would have been hair-raising. So, we never answered the question back then. On a later occasion I lent my camera to the Nicholson's tuner who kindly took some photos but for some reason the film jammed (this is pre-digital) and they're all on the same frame :-( If anyone's interested in some of the pics I took, they're on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/virtual_pkh/albums/72157594250160915 - pretty sure it doesn't look like that inside now! Thanks Paul H
  17. BBC Radio 3 Choir & Organ

    Listening to BBC R3's The Choir after Choral Evensong last night, I was interested to hear that the programme has been renamed and is now Choir And Organ. The first Sunday of every month will be dedicated to the organ and its music and I'm looking forward to listening in two weeks time to see what they have in store. It's about time R3 had a programme dedicated to the organ, even if it is only once a month. (Apologies to Nigel Ogden, a late night programme about theatre instruments doesn't count in my book)
  18. Youtube

    This instrument is actually 3 organs (main organ and two choir organs) all playable from two consoles. The case on the gallery dates from the late 1730s and an organ by Johann Brandenstein (according to Wikipedia although the link in this text dates the case to 1765). A bit more information can be found at https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.die-orgelseite.de%2Fdisp%2FD_Waldsassen_Stiftsbasilika.htm translated into English to an extent. Dave
  19. Youtube

    Yes, an excellent performance. However, straying slightly, I cannot imagine the need for six manuals on an organ, other than one-upmanship of course! The need to stretch up to that top manual must be inconvenient, not to say painful, unless the organist is blessed with the arms of a gorilla of course. In fact, I'd maintain that there is really no need for any more than four manuals as a maximum, bearing in mind that divisions in excess of that number can easily and quickly be assigned to one or more of the four, perhaps by buttons on the key cheeks. And how many hands to do most organists possess anyway?
  20. Unusual audience member

    I saw a dog (accompanied by its owner) at an organ recital recently, who sat very patiently through the entire performance. I think it was at St Giles cathedral in Edinburgh, but can't now remember which of the recitals I've been to this year it was.
  21. Youtube

    This is a wonderful performance. There are several extracts on Youtube, but sadly the DVD seems to be unavailable. I have been looking for a copy for a while now.
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  23. Clairons/Clarions breaking back

    The Cavaille-Coll organ in the Philharmonie in Haarlem has 2 4' Clairons. The organ was originally Cavaille-Coll's atelier organ, and was sold to the Paleis van Volksvlijt in Amsterdam in 1875. Then, the clairons were both reeds right to the top (C - g3). After a period of storage the organ was installed in Haarlem in 1924 - avoiding the fate of some other CC organs, as the Paleis van Volksvlijt burned down in 1929. In 1965 the organ was restored by Vermeulen, during which the action was electrified and the top octves of the clairons replaced with labial pipes. However, during a further restoration in 2004-6 these changes were reversed, the mechanical action reinstated and the clairons restored again to reeds throughout the range. Perhaps someone can explain why 4' reeds might be treated differently in different situations. http://www.orgelnieuws.nl/cavaille-coll-haarlem-gerestaureerd in Dutch but will be OK via Google translate
  24. Unusual audience member

    I suppose that depends on who is listening!!!!!!!
  25. Unusual audience member

    And the occasional wrong note would probably not be noticed!
  26. Youtube

    just had a friend point this one out to me, its well played I think
  27. Unusual audience member

    What cat wouldn't be attracted to the music of Messiaen? All that bird song...
  28. Recitals

    Friday, 22 September, 7.15 for 7.45pm at St John the Evangelist, Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire HP22 4JZ: Timothy Byram-Wigfield plays a programme to include Handel, Bach, Guilmant, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Walton and Vierne on the 1880 Porritt and will talk about his experiences at St George's Chapel, Windsor and elsewhere. Tickets £12 on the door or £10 in advance from Parrott's Farm Shop, Beechmoor Farm (HP22 4LG).
  29. Thank you Colin - it was a pleasure to get to grips with this system as it represented a truly modern approach to the design of data storage in its day. The extensive, unmodified electric action of the SGH organ offers an insight to the systematic approach taken in its design as an integrated whole. The disposition of the various parts, the standardisation of components, the arrangements for troubleshooting; all lend a sense of purpose to what might otherwise be just a rats' nest. The same is true of the tonal design, which at least can speak for itself against those who would challenge its conceptual basis. An organ must be more than a catalogue of its maker's various offerings even if its stoplist reads as such, and thus will you find Southampton.
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