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Geoff McMahon

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  1. Forum members may be interested in a discussion on our Facebook which has sprung up around the Doncaster organ, but spread wider to include some interesting posts on the Schulze organ at the Marienkirche in Lübeck, sadly lost in the war. You can access this thread here: https://www.facebook.com/john.p.mander/posts/10155707993728319
  2. Forum members may be interested in a discussion on our Facebook which has sprung up around the Doncaster organ, but spread wider to include some interesting posts on the Schulze organ at the Marienkirche in Lübeck, sadly lost in the war. You can access this thread here: https://www.facebook.com/john.p.mander/posts/10155707993728319
  3. I am pleased to announce that the Vicar and PCC at Doncaster Parish Church has agreed to allow us to publish a report we did on the organ in 1997. It was compiled by Geoff McMahon, our then head designer. It can be found here together with three other reports: https://mander-organs.com/reports/
  4. I have been asked to post the following by Roland Wateridge on this topic: Dear Mr Mander I have no means of communicating with Martin Cooke and Vox Angelica, but to save them further fruitless searches for this work in albums or other collections, my researches indicate that it was one of hundreds by Simper which were published separately and individually. It was available from Amazon UK, but their website indicates "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock." But, helpfully, they give clues which might track it down elsewhere. The publisher is g
  5. There seems to have been some interest in the restoration reports, so I thought you may like to be directed to the wonderful list of restoration reports on the Goetze and Gwynn website here: http://www.goetzegwynn.co.uk/reports/
  6. For those who may be interested, the reports on the restoration of the organs at St George's Southall and Sacred Heart Wimbledon have been added to the relevant web pages on the organs in the Mander website. John
  7. This coming Saturday, Bompas and Parr, the firm which commissioned the highly unusual Whisky Organ, is putting on an event at our works, called Organs of London. There are still a few tickets available, if anybody is interested in coming along. Details can be found here: http://bompasandparr.com/projects/view/organs-of-london/ It promises to be very wacky, but the food will be excellent too. John
  8. I don't think there are many tuners who don't silence the ranks not being tuned, but I have heard of some. As Classic Car Man said, it is easier in the bass and more difficult in the treble. If a mixture is not too badly out of tune, I will do as much as I can without stopping off other ranks, but it is important that at some point in the process you have all ranks going and what you can't (or certainly shouldn't) do is only tune the ranks individually. Doubled ranks do make for problems occasionally and even where ranks are not doubled in the mixture itself, one does get instances where ranks
  9. The organ is not easy to photograph because of the size of the gallery, but with a bit of luck, you may be able to see two pictures here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15468865/Culham%20copy.JPG https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15468865/Culham%20Chapel%20Organ%20copy.jpg John
  10. The organ is indeed a product of Mander Organs. The specification is: Open Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 4 Chimney Flute 4 Twelfth 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Trumpet 8 Pedal Bourdon 16 All the manual stops with exception of the Open Diapason and Principal are divided at middle C. This is so that much repertoire can be played, which otherwise could not be played, not least, the early English. The consultant for the project was William McVicvker, who was very helpful in suggesting elements of the organ to increase its versatility. He suggested that the manu
  11. Hi Colin, I agree completely that the rather vague instructions are open to interpretation in different ways. However, I would incline to think that the reference to the fifths being tuned slightly flat would refer to the ten intervals which are mentioned rather than all twelve, but I would not claim I am right and you are wrong, it is merely an opinion. The clincher for me is the statement that the thirds should be as out of tune as the fifths, which is sort of what he was saying. That implies a tuning somewhere around a 1/5th or 1/6th comma meantone, where the thirds and fifths do in
  12. Hi Colin, This is very interesting. Descriptions (with some notable exceptions) were very often vague and sometimes just wrong, such as a description of a Clementi tuning I have somewhere. I could be completely wrong, but there are two things which do strike me, unless I am missing something stupidly. Firstly, although the description seems to cover most fifth intervals, it does not describe (I believe) what would be the wolf fifth. Is this coincidence? In other words, is this left out because it is a wolf. Secondly, I think the general comment that "all thirds should be tuned sharp mo
  13. It was this very example at Ochsenhausen which prompted the client to ask for the bear when we mentioned it. The clue is that the Christian name of the client is Urs, which is Swiss-German for bear!
  14. There is an engraving of a bear on the stop knob. For those interested in a bit more information, the stop knob is at the right hand end, all the stops being in a row above the keyboard. The specification is: Open Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 4 Chimney Flute 4 Twelfth 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Trumpet 8 Pedal Bourdon 16 Kellner's temperament
  15. Discussion board members may be intrested, perhaps even amused, by a feature we were asked to provide for a new organ for a private chapel. We were asked to provide a bear which emerged from the organ case when a stop was pulled on the console. The organ is interesting in itself. It is a one namual and pedal organ of nine stops. Most of the stops are divided at middle c. The organ also has notes below the normal compass in old English style, a GG and AA. The C# key is split so that AA and C# can be played. The organ also has a drum pedal, which activates the bottom 6 notes of the Pedal Bourdon
  16. Maybe this will mean a reprieve for the organ, which the current Informator Choristarum was seeking to have replaced. One can but hope. John
  17. I have been asked to publicise a post available at St Alfege Greenwich for an assistant organist. Details of the post can be found here: http://www.stalfegechoir.org.uk/organist/ St Alfege has a very active music programme with an excellent choir, directed by Stephen Dagg. The congregation is exceptionally welcoming and the choir is loved by all. As I belong to this church, I know it and the congregation well. It is, of course, the church where Thomas Tallis was organist and he is buried in the crypt of the church. John
  18. Happy to and here is a transcript of an article due to appear in The Diapason shortly. The Diapason has also used some rather good pictures, so make sure you get a copy! Articles are also due to appear in the IBO Journal and the ISO Journal. The Flavour Conductor Mander Organs has recently completed a most unusual commission, an organ to promote a premium brand whisky. Research into the perception of taste and how it can be influenced by other senses has built on the idea of a flavour organ as referred to occasionally in literature, specifically by . J K Heysmans in his novel
  19. Very sad indeed and far too soon. He will be missed. John
  20. Note from Rowland Wateridge I have been asked to post: My "Dictionary of Organs and Organists", 1921 edition, contains the following entry: "KEETON, HAYDN, MUS D (OXON.), FRCO, Thorpe Road, Peterborough: Born 1847 at Mosborough. org. Datchet Ch., 1866-9; Aldin House, Slough, 1869-70; Peterborough Cath. since 1870. Cdr. Peterborough Choral Union and Orchestral Soc." I recall Sir Malcolm Sargent relating on television many years ago Keeton's brushing aside of assistants and his reputation of being a severe disciplinarian of his choristers. But Sargent also spoke of him with affection
  21. The family of Peter Collins has asked me to post this notice, which I am happy, but also sad to have to do: With great sadness the Team at Peter Collins Limited, regret to announce the passing of Peter Collins on the 24th October. The Company would like to thank all of its Clients, Staff and Suppliers for their much appreciated support during this difficult time. We are pleased to confirm that the Company continues to operate as normal. The family is planning to organise a Memorial Concert for Peter and wishes to raise money for the LOROS Hospice and Cancer Research. We w
  22. Michael Barone did John Scott proud in his tribute to him mentioned above by Wolsey. If you haven't listened to it yet, I strongly recommend that you do. http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/2015/1533/ John
  23. Very sad and shocking. Our thoughts really must be with his family and his wife who is expecting their baby. Absolutely tragic. Some of us heard him play at Spitalfields in June. Who would have thought it would be the last time we heard him play here in the UK.
  24. I was indeed there. The church was packed with the Good and Great and it was a spectacular occasion. John Scott did us all and the organ proud and it was a very special occasion. There is little doubt that Bill would have been proud and his team did an excellent job in finishing off the work he had started. John played mostly appropriate English music, as one would expect and finished up with some Bach, which came off rather well I thought. The organ looks grand (was once the largest in the UK) and a very fitting crowning to a generally excellent restoration of Christ Church itself. I am n
  25. The Church of St Alfege in Greenwich, the church I belong to in fact, is looking for an assistant organist from September. Details of the post can be seen here: http://www.stalfegechoir.org.uk/assistant-organist/ St Alfege has a long-standing reputation for its high quality of music, supported strongly by both the clergy and the congregation. Everybody will know that Thomas Tallis was organist there, less are probably aware that he is buried in the crypt of the church. Kirkmann, the harpsichord maker, is also buried at St Alfege. The church is very lively and welcoming, with a remarkab
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