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DaveHarries

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Greetings A.D and welcome to the forum. Dave
  4. Exeter Cathedral have posted a picture of him. Dave
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The organ of Auckland Town Hall sounds in excellent voice with Tim Noon at the console accompanying the Auckland Symphony Orchestra with the Finale from Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony no.3. The clip is dated 04-Nov-2013. Dave
  8. Likewise. Perhaps shows a lack of maintenance on someone's part. Dave
  9. Glad to hear this. Hopefully their partnership on the Wroclaw organ will restart too. Dave
  10. A shame to hear of this. Back when I was learning the organ while at school I used some of his books. RIP. Dave
  11. Indeed. Congratulations Wayne. Dave
  12. I heard it on the radio *and* watched it on the TV. Enjoyed both. Not without using my phone because I have no speakers on my PC. I am also a shortwave radio listener too (listening only, not transmitting) so I would have tried it for an experiment. Maybe next year. Dave
  13. I hadn't noticed that the BBC's broadcast of Midnight Mass was from Clifton Cathedral (which is not far from me). I had lessons for a time on the organ there and my teacher was someone whose name I decline to mention on this forum (I haven't seen the person in question on this forum for a considerable time but they were, IIRC, a member of it). It was an enjoyable instrument to play and I am glad it is being kept in good order. Dave
  14. I would like to take this opportunity not only to thank our new hosts for keeping this forum running and also my fellow members for their contributions over this unusual year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas as well as all the best for what I hope will be a brighter and better 2021 for us all. Dave
  15. Indeed. When my local church - St. Mary's, Stoke Bishop (NPOR D07728) - was reordered and refurbed back in 2011 the organ was wrapped both on its main (choir side) façade and on the side (nave) façade. However someone doing the work managed, in mid-to-late 2011, to make a hole in the wrapping which, through ingress of dust, rendered the organ unplayable for some weeks. The remedial work was done in early 2012 IIRC, at no cost to the parish. Although the organ remains with the same specification as it had when rebuilt in 1979 the accoustic, thanks at least in part to the reordering, is rat
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