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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. DaveHarries

    David Clegg

    Welcome to the forum. Good to know that some of his music etc. has survived. Dave
  6. Doesn't sound too good. Perhaps a case of being careful what you wish for? Dave
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Greetings A.D and welcome to the forum. Dave
  16. Exeter Cathedral have posted a picture of him. Dave
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Likewise. Perhaps shows a lack of maintenance on someone's part. Dave
  21. Glad to hear this. Hopefully their partnership on the Wroclaw organ will restart too. Dave
  22. A shame to hear of this. Back when I was learning the organ while at school I used some of his books. RIP. Dave
  23. Indeed. Congratulations Wayne. Dave
  24. 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
  25. 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
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