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  1. Sorry - a supplementary question. One of Charles Drane's quoted sources is the A.G Hoar Collection. Who was A.G. Hoar and where is his collection now? Nothing on Google about him either.
  2. Does anyone know who Charles Drane was? His notebooks were a source of information in the early days of NPOR (reference 'CD') but are not listed as being in the British Organ Archive. An internet search has produced nothing. He is mentioned in passing in a few places in this forum. So who was he, and where are his notebooks now?
  3. Thank you, gentlemen, for this useful food for thought although the Saffron Walden scheme is very much more extensive than I have in mind. Nevertheless the information is very helpful. What we might offer is on a much smaller scale - just three or four services a month and tuition provided elsewhere by others much better qualified than I. There is little opportunity in our part of West Sussex, as far as I know, for young aspiring organists apart from St Mary Portsea (again on a completely different scale). We would like to do something to address that, but it's not grand.
  4. I play at a village church with functioning SATB choir including juniors, middle-of-the road Eucharistic services including anthems, voluntaries and improvisations, congregations of 75+ who really sing the hymns and a very fine Tickell organ. I have had one or two enquiries from up-and-coming young organists about the possibility of an organ scholarship. I'd like to encourage this as I think we could offer really useful experience but I have no idea what the going rate is for this type of arrangement in a small parish church. These would typically be people in their final year of school or fir
  5. For all you experts out there: sorry to be such an ignoramus, but I've been trying to find out where I can buy Dupre's arrangement of this piece and I can't seem to track it down. Also, I believe that Guilmant also arranged it although most people seem to play the Dupre one. Any comments on the relative merits of the two?
  6. Can anyone explain why some otherwise excellent organ builders persist with a design of pedalboard that has a pin through a felted bush at the toe end? (I have no idea what our host does, so apologies if necessary, or congratulations if not). In my experience, after ten to fifteen years (not long in organ terms) the felt wears through and then the pedals rattle annoyingly. H,N&B used this design as did many others. It doesn't work. There is a much better way - the toe ends of the pedals work between dowels and are covered with sheepskin. Pedalboards to this design seem to last almost
  7. O.K. Perhaps there's something wrong with my hearing then.
  8. Here's a different angle. I have in my house an organ built by Brother Charles at Prinknash Abbey, on loan from a friend. It consists of one rank of nice Victorian stopped diapason pipes, all played on direct electric action by two manuals and a full sized pedalboard. I have found this to be so useful for practice that I now visit the church only to rehearse registration and put the finishing touches. In my experience it's all you need really. Not what I would have expected, but what a joy not to have to learn notes in the winter with ends of fingertips slowly going numb at the ends of the mit
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