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Geoff McMahon

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  1. May I remind everybody that personal comments or unpleasant remarks about others on the board, or their comments, is not acceptable. By all means disagree with what others have to say, but please do not make it personal in any way. Please treat each other with the utmost respect and keep the comments objective. Thank you, John
  2. Damian Beasley-Suffolk who is not a member of the board has asked me to post this for him and for you all. John Good afternoon There is a query on your discussion board "The organ and its music" about music by Henk Andriessen. As I'm not a member, perhaps you could pass this information on to the enquirer or post it yourself. Kind regards Damian Beasley-Suffolk The pieces Thema met variaties and Premier Choral by Henk Andriessen are available at EUR9.95 each from Albersen Muziek in The Hague. Their contact details are: Albersen Muziek Valeriusstraat 12 2517 HR Den Haag Tel.: +3
  3. A most fitting occasion, sad but uplifting, very well attended and beautifully executed. John
  4. Here is an obituary in the Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11019037/Ken-Tickell-obituary.html
  5. I have long thought that the speeds we hear today cannot be historically correct. When we remember pieces which were written for particular performers who were unable to play them because they were too difficult to play and now are common place in the repertoire, it seems to me evident that the standard of performance has been going up over the centuries. What basis is there for playing fast? In the sleeve notes of Harnoncourt's Bach B-Minor Mass, he quotes one of Bach's sons as stating "Mein Vater spielte seine Werke recht lebhaft" (my father played his works very quickly). Quickly in relatio
  6. Stop this please! Keep on the thread. This has nothing to do with the thread. John
  7. Could I ask you all to read my post on "Who did you study with" please? Thank you, John
  8. Gentlemen, I assume it is all men, but ladies are included, if there are any on this thread. May I remind you of two things which I would be obliged if you would bear in mind when posting on the Mander Organs diesscussion board. Firstly, we do not tolerate any sort of even mildly personal criticism or attack. We (you) are expected to have informed and gentle debate and shew every respect for each other. This is not The Moral Maze! Secondly, this thread has developed into something which has nothing to do with its original subject. Please stay on topic. I will not tolerate anyth
  9. It is with greatest of sadness that I have to report the passing of ken Tickell, who was taken ill on Thursday night and died in hospital on Friday, if I understand correctly. This happened completely unexpectedly, with no warning at all. This is a tremendous shock to British organ building. Ken has built some remarkable instruments over the years and was without doubt a leading light in the organ building world. He was the most modest of people, always very happy to assist other organ builders in their work and delight to be with. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to his f
  10. I am afraid that there have not been any recordings made on the reconstructed St Mary at Hill organ thus far. I don't know why, as this is an important instrument, even in its changed form. But there is plenty of the original character left to make it a worthwhile instrument to record. One possible reason it has not been recorded may be that the restored church has lost the wonderful acoustic it had before the disastrous fire, probably largely due to the large curtain hanging where the reredos used to be. That could be taken down for a recording of course. I fear that there is, sadly,
  11. Morwenna Banks the creator of the excellent The Lady Organist website at www.theladyorganist.com is starting a new organ mailings service. It promises to be a splendid modern successor to my own efforts and deserves our full support to make it a resounding success. Please use the links below to subscribe or add your own event………Steve Dunk Morwenna Banks writes… I’ve been reading again the hundreds of both sorrowful and grateful messages that Steve Dunk received, when he decided to end his mail-outs about upcoming organ concerts and events – a wonderful service which he maintained for many
  12. I am sure the members of this discussion board will be saddened to hear that Bill Drake died on Saturday after a long illness. Bill produced a number of significant instruments over the years, one of the most recent being the new organ in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral in London. His work was always of the highest standard, following historic principles and also very interesting tonally. He was also something of a loner, he never wanted to join either the ISO or the IBO, preferring to paddle his own canoe without outside interference. But there is no doubting the quality of his work.
  13. I now have a copy of this CD and I have to say it is very special. They recorded it closer than is usually the case which lends the organ and music much more clarity, without losing the wonderful St Paul's acoustic at all. The playing masterly as you would expect, you have the feeling Simon Johnson was as relaxed as if he were playing the most easy repertoire (I bet he wasn't, but maybe he was). It flows so beautifully. Well worth getting I would say. John
  14. I only know of Innocence which has a significant organ accompaniment. His music may not have been accessible to all, but I think he is one of the most significant composers of the 20th and 21st century, steeped in spirituality. John
  15. For those who don't know the organ, here is a description which was in the service notes: The organ was commissioned by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, and the City of London Corporation, in collaboration with the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The brief was to produce an interesting instrument within the confines of the dimensions of its temporary position in Mansion House, where the organ has spent the first ten months of its life, and its permanent position in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey, where it is principally required to play for small-scale services,
  16. Without wanting to appear pedantic, Krebs translates as cancer (both in the illness and the sign of the zodiac) and crab. Crayfish is Flußkrebs (also written Flusskrebs) in German. That aside, I think Kreb's importance is underestimated. I have a wonderful recording of some of his works on the Freiberg organ which I treasure, and get annoyed when people denigrate him and his contribution to organ music. John
  17. For those of you in the New York area, there is a special recital at St Ignatius on New York on Sunday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the installation of the organ. Details can be found here: http://www.smssconce...np-mander-organ It promises to be a special occasion. John
  18. Lieber Herr Kropf! The little doors you refer too would have to be the whole length of the boot in order to be able to get at the wedge holding the reed in place and to remove the shallot as well. In fact, though, the wooden resonators don't really have to be removed completely. They only need to be raised a short distance in order to remove the block. If they are too heavy to lift safely, and assuming there is some sort of suitable point from which it can be suspended, a block and tackle (Flaschenzug oder ähnliches) can be used to raise the resonators. Once the resonators have been raised
  19. The original Hoxne organs were one manual. I don't know much about them. The next generation were two manuals, but without pedals. These had a narrow scaled Principal rank and a Flute rank, together with a Tierce rank. The latter may seem a curious choice, but the thinking was that when used in an extension organ, the Tierce was the most compromised for tuning, so it was given its own rank for much of the compass. The other ranks were common in the bass and used at just about every imaginable pitch, over the two manuals. The whole thing worked much better than it should have done. Finally, a H
  20. I would appreciate that. I am not sure any of the Hoxne Organs went to Iceland, but they certainly travelled the Continent and I was with one in Berlin and Hamburg in 1968. John
  21. That is one of the earlier single manual ones, which started life in Canterbury Cathedral. Unfortunately, it needs to be the two manual version (or so I am told). John
  22. Many years ago, my father produced a number of small direct electric, unit extension organs which he called Hoxne Organs. Not the sort of thing one would do today. Most of them were two manual instruments with no pedals and some had two small piano pedals which swapped the selected stops for a predetermined combination, one pedal for each manual. One of these instruments was used for Benjamin Britten's Church Parables and it would appear that the organ score was written with these instruments in mind. Or perhaps, the inclusion of the pedals was for the music as written. In addition, these
  23. It is a present to HM the Queen from the Corporation of London in celebration of the Jubilee. It will be delivered to the Mansion House early in January and to the Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey towards the end of 2013. It is a compact 2 manuals and pedals instrument, neither department enclosed.
  24. Nick Bland - you've enabled the "weekly topics digest" feature but when the forum sends you the digest it bounces because the e-mail address in your profile doesn't work. Moderator, Mander Organs
  25. He was, for many years, the organist at his church at Swettenham. My father built a small extension organ for him and the church in 1964, which is still there. I don't know how long he stayed as organist, but he wrote to me about it in 2005. John
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