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  1. Greetings, The children and youth choir Libera has announced the sad news of the death, on Wednesday 08th September, of its founder and musical director Robert Prizeman at the age of 69. As well as being associated with the choir Libera he will also be remembered for his 1986 composition for BBC TV's "Songs of Praise". His passing will, of course, be a sad loss for all who knew him, including the members of Libera. I got my Mum a copy of their "Beyond" CD for Christmas back in 2018: it is much enjoyed. I note that another CD is due soon called "If" of which I note that the last track will be a piece called, perhaps appropriately in view of this news, "Lux aeterna". May he rest in peace and rise in glory. https://libera.org.uk/news/robert-prizeman-rip/ Dave
  2. Indeed. I think he appeared in one of Howard Goodall's programmes Dave
  3. This week's news bulletin from Southwark Cathedral informs its readers that James Gough - currently organist at St. Matthew's, Westminster - has been appointed as the cathedral's new Assistant Organist and Music Administrator. Dave
  4. I ran a web search: the website is active so may have been a temporary glitch. The website says that Clevedon Organs is an amalgamation of Cawston Organs Ltd. and the former firm of Percy Daniel & Co. Contacts in Malvern (Worcestershire) and Dunkeswell (Devon). http://clevedonorgans.com/index.html Dave
  5. Thanks. Post corrected. Dave
  6. I never heard the original organ but I will listen to that clip. Interesting that I can't tell the pipe stops from the digital ones. Dave
  7. And here is a rendition of Widor's Toccata played on the organ of the Hevig Eleonora Church, Stockholm, Sweden. Organ IVP/181 by Grönlund (1976, 58 stops) and Allen Organ Company (2017, 123 stops). Very good talent in someone so young, especially playing it without the music. A YouTube search turns up a number of clips of her and I would say that she clearly has a bright future ahead of him in the organ world. Dave
  8. Here's something of potential interest. A new digital-only album is now available of the Klais organs in Cologne Cathedral, played by the cathedral's organist Winfried Bönig. A YouTube preview, with German comments from the organist (available with English subtitles) can be found at The Klais website gives more information, and download links, at https://klais.de/m.php?sid=560 HTIOI, Dave
  9. Good to see that the MD of another company - Michael Sutcliffe (Foley-Baker, Inc. of Tolland, Conn - has started a GoFundMe to support employees of the Dobsons organ shop. The initial target of $10,000 was broken within well under 24 hours and, as I write this, the amount raised stands at $35,500; the highest donation recorded is $1500 which is good to see. News article: https://www.1380kcim.com/2021/06/24/industry-colleague-starts-gofundme-to-support-dobson-pipe-organ-builders-employees/ GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-replace-dobson-employees-tools?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer Meanwhile other firms in the organ building world and its associated trades are rallying around: the Dobsons page on Facebook informs readers that they have been loaned use of the woodworking shop of Paul Iverson and also have managed to purchase the tools and equipment of the Nelson Barden & Associates workshop in Waltham, Massachusetts. HTIOI, Dave
  10. Some news from Sheffield Cathedral which emerged today, 29th June. Many members may recall the fiasco which broke out when the previous Dean of Sheffield, the Very Rev. Peter Bradley, decided to dispense with the choral provision at the Cathedral there back in July 2020. https://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/news/2020/7/21/sheffield-cathedral-choir The arguments went on for slightly over 3 months until Dean Bradley announced his resignation from the office of Dean of Sheffield on 04th October 2020. https://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/news/2020/10/4/announcement-from-the-dean-of-sheffield-cathedral There was also this: Anyone who might have wondered what the implications might have been of appointing someone not used to Cathedral life need not worry however: the announcement has now been made today, 29-Jun-2021, that the next Dean of Sheffield is to be Rev. Canon Abigail Thompson who is currently Acting Dean and Sub-Dean of St. Albans Cathedral but is no stranger to the Diocese of Sheffield or the cathedral there. In his introduction, which can be found on YouTube, the Bishop of Sheffield describes Canon Thompson as "an accomplished musician with a particularly strong track record for developing choirs." The introduction can be found at https://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/news/2021/6/29/new-dean-of-sheffield-announced-and-welcomed-to-cathedral Sorry this post is perhaps a bit long but HTIOI, Dave
  11. I also think it would be a shame to get rid of the existing case at Wells. Also perhaps the only way to balance the sound more to the nave side might be to put some ranks in the nave triforium. Should be an interesting project. Dave
  12. 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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    David Clegg

    Welcome to the forum. Good to know that some of his music etc. has survived. Dave
  14. Doesn't sound too good. Perhaps a case of being careful what you wish for? Dave
  15. 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
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