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  1. I am also out of my Cathedral volunteer work for the duration of this as well: missing it already. Dave
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    David Clegg

    An interesting post: thank you for this. Looking on Wikipedia where there is a 2012 picture of the hall - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Ballroom#/media/File:Empress_Ballroom_Winter_Gardens_Blackpool.jpg - I can see that someone appears to be sitting at an organ console on the right of the picture. I guess the sound comes in through the grilles on the ceiling (not shown in the picture in carrick's post) but I have no idea as I have never been to the venue. Clearly not a pipe organ, however, as the NPOR has no information. From the NPOR it would seem that the Wurlitzer that was installed in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool in around 1930 (NPOR R01469) was transferred to the Empress Ballroom in 1934 (NPOR D08326). That instrument was then transferred to the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester sometime in the 1970s (NPOR D08327) before finally going to the Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sussex (NPOR D08328) in around 1985. The current instrument in the Empress Ballroom is also Wurlitzer though thanks to the Cannock Chase Organ Club - https://www.tccoc.co.uk/installations/blackpool-empress-ballroom/ - and it must sound lovely in there. It would indeed be interesting to know what happened to the pipe organ in carrick's picture though. Dave
  3. Just found this clip to do with Canterbury Cathedral (UK)'s recently installed new organ. Clip dates from November 2019. Dave
  4. The church's music website suggests there is an acting DoM - http://www.stpeterswolverhamptonchoir.co.uk/index.php?page=music-staff - after the retirement of Peter Morris at Easter 2018. Also the most recently available music list on the church's website suggests likewise but that is dated Easter 2018. Clearly needs an update! Dave
  5. Daniel Roth improvising on the hymn tune "Lobe den Herren" (Praise to the Lord the almighty the King of creation) on the organ of St. Sulpice. Only came across it recently but I really like it. Dave
  6. I heard of this through a Facebook post from Bristol Cathedral this morning. This is very sad news indeed. He was as much a part of Christmas to the choir, clergy and scholars of Kings College as he was to the many listeners on BBC Radio 3, both in the UK and in other countries who have, do and will continue to, crowd around their radios on the 24th and 25th December each year. He will be much missed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this Christmas, and always. We should also remember that, for many singers and organists, he was an inspiration. I have heard his setting of the responses at Bristol on a number of occasions when I have been at Choral Evensong. I don't know if Sir Stephen did settings for the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis but, either way, it seems appropriate to quote Luke 2 v29 which words form the opening to the Nunc Dimittis: "Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word." I know this is not the forum's YouTube thread but I will post the link here to a recorded statement issued today from the Dean of Kings Cambridge, Rev. Stephen Cherry: Our sympathies go not only to Sir Stephen's family and friends but also to the choristers and scholars at King's. May he rest in peace. Dave
  7. An interesting documentary in English on the restoration, by Fratelli Ruffatti, of the 1579 Oratory organ at St. John's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta. What a pity that it ended up being dormant for as long as it did before being restored. Dave
  8. Greetings all, While looking for information on the organs of St. John's Cathedral, Malta I came across this article on the restoration of the organ at St. Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral on the island which, according to the article, started life when it was built for Chester Cathedral, England by Father Smith in 1676. The news article, dated 2014, relates to recent work to make it fully playable and it seems that the dummy case pipes were replaced with ones that play notes. The console was also replaced. https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-07-28/local-news/St-Paul%27s-Anglican-Pro-Cathedral-organ-restored-5994938374 Other than the case, therefore, how much - if any - of the organ of 1676 remains? Dave
  9. IMO the design of the new one is rather too modern for that cathedral. I wonder what will become of the current instrument and its historic-looking case? Dave
  10. Two renditions of the same piece. I had never heard the piece in question until earlier today when I was trying to find Kalevi Kiviniemi's renditon of a piece by Wagner. The piece in these clips, however, is Michel Corrette's "Carillon". First up: the rendition by Frédérique Gros on the organ of the Cathedral at Puy; a lovely building described on Wikipedia as exhibiting "architecture of every period from the fifth century to the fifteenth". Organ by Jean Eustasche (1691); moved and / or modified 1754, 1776, 1827, 1848, 1892 & 1937 and then restored to the composition of the 17th & 18th Centuries by Boisseau-Cattiaux 1995-1998 - https://www.aeolus-music.com/ae_fr/Instruments/Orgue/Le-Puy-en-Velay. I wouldn't mind a look at this Cathedral and I hope I will get there one day. It looks to me as if the main case dates from at least 1691 or perhaps slightly older? The picture of the organ in the link can be clicked on to give a much bigger photo. The second clip is played by Kalevi Kiviniemi on the well-known organ (Holzhay 1792-1797, res. Kuhn 1979) of Neresheim Abbey, Germany. I have heard this instrument on BBC Radio 3's "Choral Evensong" a few times and love the sound it makes. I like the way that this organ has been put in without hindering the light through the windows and that certainly helps the Abbey to look at its best internally. Both clips best listened to with a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Enjoy! Dave
  11. From the FB page of Belfast Cathedral, along with a photo of David: "Belfast Cathedral is saddened to announce the passing of David Drinkell, a former Organist and Master of the Choristers here at St Anne’s Cathedral, making a wonderful contribution to the music and worship. Our thoughts and prayers are with Elspeth his wife at this very sad time." Very sad news, not only for us on this forum but also for all who knew him personally. Like many of us I only knew David through his posts on these forums but his posts were always an enjoyable and informative read. He also once told me on the lines of this forum that, as a student, he used to use the organ of my local church (St. Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop - NPOR D07728) for practice. Two verses that spring to mind: "Laudate eum in tympano et choro; * laudate eum in chordis et organo" ("Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs.") (Psalm 150, v4) "So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house [.....] Therefore I will play music before the Lord" (2:Samuel 6:21, NKJV) In relation to the second part of that bible verse (which is only quoted in part) we may safely assume - with no doubt at all - that David is now doing exactly that. May he rest in peace. Dave
  12. Heard the concert on BBC Radio 3: 'superb' is the only word for it. Dave
  13. Just looked at the photos of St. Mary's, Southampton on their Facebook page. Not my scene either in terms of church and music but each to their own. TBH I wasn't too pleased when it was decided that my local church - St. Mary's, Stoke Bishop (Diocese of Bristol) - was to have the pews removed back in 2011 in favour of moveable chairs as well as other improvements (ie. heated flooring). Until, that was, I attended the wedding of a friend a couple of years ago which involved use of the church (service, wedding breakfast & evening cèilidh) and the adjoining church rooms (in-between those three parts). It is, in fact and despite my scepticism, a good and flexible setup which has changed my opinion somewhat. As for services we here in Stoke Bishop have both types: 9am HC, followed by 10:30 All-Age service. The 9am is accompanied by the organ (IIIP/34: Hele of Plymouth 1909, reb. Daniel of Clevedon 1979) with the 10:30 done in a more modern way so all tastes are catered for. We have a new vicar coming later this year and I hope she will keep things as they are now as far as the church is concerned. The church at Stoke Bishop is smaller than the one at Southampton but the modernisation at SB has, going by the photos I have seen, turned out better than Southampton's: I wonder if any of the congregation at St. Mary's Southampton decided to go elsewhere when the modernisation was done there: I certainly think that stage is in the wrong place. Anyway sorry if I might have gone off-topic here. Dave
  14. In connection with this I see from the September issue of the now monthly (not bi-monthly) Choir & Organ magazine that David Stevens (who will be succeeded at Belfast by Matthew Owens) is going the other way to be ADoM of Wells Cathedral. Dave
  15. Klais and Flentrop are indeed working on this. Details (history and proposals) on the Peterhouse website: https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/organ Dave
  16. Although the console which was in use for the great organ at the time of the fire is now a write-off I thought this might be of interest. The clip dates from 2016 and shows the arrival of the console at ND when it was new. HTIOI, Dave
  17. Thanks for sharing those links in the Canterbury pipework: very interesting. Going to be a fabulous instrument and I wonder who will do the opening concert. On another note (pun not intended) I am glad not to be working on it: I don't have much of a head for heights! Dave
  18. A couple of updates on this which I don't think have been posted to this forum yet. 1. The "Organs of Paris" page on Facebook has posted that, and I quote, "the church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, located near the Louvre, will temporarily serve as the place where the 'cathedral liturgy' will be held during the restoration of Notre-Dame. From September onwards, the masses of Notre-Dame will be celebrated there, including the broadcasts of KTO. The church has two organs. The great organ is built by Francois-Henri Clicquot. In the 19th century, the diapasons were modified by Dallery, Ducroquet and Merklin, but its classical grand jeu survived. The choir organ is built by Abbey, but underwent several modifications in time. Maintenance works are scheduled on both organs this summer." 2. The recent edition of Choir & Organ magazine for July / August 2019 reports in its news section that the console of Notre-Dame's grand organ is unusable: the electrics and electronic system are entirely out of service so the console must be rebuilt. It could also be that dismantling of the organ is underway or has been completed already: the same article also says that "Bertrand Cattiaux, who visited the instrument in May, commented that it is still unknown what corrosive effect the greasy dust from the fire may have; he felt it crucial therefore for the pipework to be dismantled and cleaned without delay (the case still remains in place)." Dave
  19. I am unsure if it has been posted here already but the website of Worcester Cathedral advertises on the concerts page that this year the anniversary organ recital (the 11th) will be given on 05th October by Thomas Trotter who, IIRC, gave the opening concert. 6:45pm start: no clues as to the music at present on Worcester's website. http://worcestercathedral.co.uk/index.php?pr=Concerts Dave
  20. Congratulations to Sir Stephen. And I agree that Francis Jackson should be given something too. It could be that he has been offered something in the past and turned it down. Dave
  21. That looks an excellent programme: music by organists of Notre Dame (Antoine Calviere, for anyone not in the know, was at Notre Dame 1730-1755). If by chance I find myself up that way I will go. One point of note, however, is that someone got Vierne's first name slightly wrong..... Dave
  22. Minor correction to the date. I just checked the Proms website to find out what O.L will be playing and the date is given as 04th August. Looks a good selection of music but I am surprised that, or so it seems, the concert is timed to start at 11am. It also seems that the concert will not be broadcast on Radio 3 but, in case it is, I will have to hope that the volunteer work I do on Sundays does not cause me to miss the concert. No doubt it will be another fantastic masterclass (for want of a better word) from M. Latry. Dave
  23. It is. Looks from that photo as if case and pipes will need a good cleaning but no doubt the mighty beast will roar again in the not too distant future. Deo Gratias. Dave
  24. Good to see the proceeds of the Dresden Philharmonc concert going towards the restoration of ND. https://slippedisc.com/2019/04/notre-dame-organist-is-in-germany-raising-funds/ Dave
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