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  1. Really awful news. The website of Classic FM here in the UK reports that the cause was a fan which malfunctioned and caused sawdust to ignite. https://amp.classicfm.com/music-news/dobson-organ-workshop-building-fire-tragedy/ St. James, King Street, Sydney - who had recently awarded Dobson's the contract for a new organ - have posted on their Facebook page that "Dobsons advise that they are fully insured and that their intention is to continue in business." My thoughts and prayers are with all of the company's employees. I hope that the company will be able to rebuild and bounce back in due course and that the sounds for which the company has rightly earned recognition will be produced once again. Dave
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    Welcome to the forum. Good to know that some of his music etc. has survived. Dave
  3. Doesn't sound too good. Perhaps a case of being careful what you wish for? Dave
  4. Greetings, Today's (07th April) edition of The Daily Telegraph here in the UK contains an obituary for David McElderry, MD of the Wells Kennedy Partnership, who died 15-Feb-2021 aged 64. Dave
  5. Greetings all, Some members here may recall my posts from 2009 and 2018 about the efforts to build a historical replica of the organ of St. Elizabeth, Wroclaw (Poland) that was built by Michael Engler (1752-1761), was worked on by other builders (1848, 1867, 1879, 1907 & 1939) and escaped destruction during WW2 (1939-1945) only to be lost in a fire that gutted the church on 09-Jun-1976. A photo of 10th June 1976 shows how complete the destruction of the organ was: https://polska-org.pl/9069037,foto.html?idEntity=546812 It is good to be able to report that the work on the organ is now well underway. The organ is being made by a three-way consortium: - Orgues Thomas (Stevelot, BE): Windchests - Organowe Zych (Wolomin, PL): case and supporting structure. - Orgelbau Klais (Bonn, DE): Action, console, wind system, pipework and intonation (voicing?) The website of Zych is live but makes no mention of the project; the website of Thomas mentions it but with no links to any information. On the other hand the website of Klais gives a history of the organs of St. Elizabeth and suggests that the Engler-origin organs of GrĂ¼ssau and Olomuc are serving as models (presumably for things like pipework metal alloys) for the Wroclaw organ. The page on the Klais website can be found at https://klais.de/m.php?sid=551 and contains historical pictures of the Wroclaw organ as well as pictures of the 1724 Engler of St. Nicholas, Brieg (Brzeg), Poland which was sadly lost in 1945. You can also on that link find impressions of how the organ in Wroclaw is planned to look when finished. It seems that the comparison with the organ of 1752 will be very good indeed. I am sure I read very recently (although I forget where) that inauguration is planned for sometime in Autumn 2021: what a pity I am unlikely to be there. I hope videos will appear online in due course: I think it will be splendid. Hope this is of interest. Dave
  6. Order of service, for anyone wondering, can be found at https://d10okuw2vik61v.cloudfront.net/uploads/2021/03/Easter-Day-Evensong-2021.pdf That "singing of the organ" bit sounds, if an early edition of Choir & Organ is anything to go by, like part of the dedication mass of the organ of Notre-Dame, Paris following the work of the early 1990s. That service featured something similar. Dave
  7. Hi all, I seem to remember that the "Great European Organs" series (Priory Records?) was discontinued a few years back. But an idle few minutes at work today lead to me thinking up this question. If Priory Records decided to record one final disc in the "Great European Organs" series and gave you the chance to record the disc in a venue of your choice: a) Where would you choose to record it? b) What would be the one piece you would have to include as part of your line up? For me the answers would be: a) Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Cologne (Germany) b) Toccata-Prelude on "Von Himmel Hoch" (Garth Edmunson) for which I would use the transept and nave organs simultaneously. Two organs both by Klais (Transept: IV+P/102; 1949/2002; Nave : III+P/53; 1998) both of which can be played from the transept console. I will be interested to see what other people would do. HTIOI, Dave
  8. Slight correction if I may: Assistant Organist of St. John's according to the college website. https://www.sjcchoir.co.uk/about/james-anderson-besant Nothing on the social media of the cathedral or the college but the website of Exeter Cathedral carries this: https://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/news-events/latest-news/assistant-director-of-music-appointed/ Dave
  9. I tuned in online for the Eucharist on the 7th March: the organ sounded superb. I will be sure to tune in online for the Evensong on Easter Day too though. Dave
  10. Read online this evening that Dr. Richard Shepherd MBE, DL, FRSCM, a composer, former educator, and Director of Development and Chamberlain of York Minster, sadly died on 20th February at the age of 71 after a long illness. I had never previously heard of his music until I attended the enthronement service for the current Bishop of Bristol, a former Dean of York, at Bristol Cathedral back in October 2018. One of the anthems for the service was "Eternal light, shine into our hearts", a prayer of Alcuin of York (735-804) which Dr. Shepherd had set to music especially for the service: it was superb. May he rest in peace. Dave
  11. A look on the NPOR records for St. Mary Redcliffe makes no mention of Robert Allen and neither does the copy I have of the history of the organs there. As for the address in Longfield Road, St. Andrews it still stands but I can't imagine how she coped with no electricity. Dave
  12. Greetings A.D and welcome to the forum. Dave
  13. Exeter Cathedral have posted a picture of him. Dave
  14. Ashley Grote did his excellent New Years Day recital from Norwich Cathedral with a camera in the organ loft. It is always good to see a view that, if you were in the Cathedral sitting in the Nave, you probably wouldn't get to see otherwise. I hope organists will continue with this once we are back to normal. Dave
  15. Good to be able to see from the Twitter feed of Wimborne Minster that work on the organ started on Monday 01st February. Let us hope all goes well both for Manders and the Minster. Dave
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