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  1. I think the work on Bristol Cathedral will start sometime early next year as, in the meantime, there is the enthronement of the new Bishop of Bristol (who, for anyone wondering, is to be the now Rt. Rev. Vivienne Faull, lately dean of York) followed by Christmas to contend with. Info on the organ project can be found on Bristol Cathedral's website: https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/music/organ-and-sound/ Dave
  2. Thanks Rowland for those pointers: there are more English-built organs in Lisbon than I originally thought. I will look for some more when I hopefully go back there next year. Dave
  3. Greetings all, I recently returned from a few days holiday in the lovely Portuguese city of Lisbon. While there I took time to visit several churches and look at the organs in them and saw some lovely instruments. I took photos of at least some of them and have used a selection of some of the resulting photos to make a Flickr album. One of the organs I photographed, and which features in the selection of photos, is given on the church's website as being "of English origin" and dating from 1872. An online source I have found since returning home - http://orgaos-portugal.net - gives the builder as Gray & Davidson but I think that the church in Lisbon might have acquired this organ second-hand, perhaps from a redundant church in England / Wales. If anyone has any more information as to where the organ in question (Santo Antonio) came from then I would appreciate knowing. The album can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/14103794@N04/albums/72157671870042677 and I hope that members of this forum will enjoy looking at the photos. Dave
  4. Evening all, Caught the last half hour of the Last Night of the Proms on BBC2 on Saturday evening (8th September) and it was good to hear the RAH organ used. However when Andrew Davis gave his thankyous during his speech he forgot to thank the organist. I looked in the TV schedule magazine under BBC Radio 3's schedule and there was, as far as I could see, no mention there either as to who was playing the organ. There is also no mention on the RAH website. However I did see the organist take a bow during the applause at the end of the night. Anyone know who was playing that mighty instrument? Dave
  5. Presumably he moved down to / near Worcester after leaving Durham. Good choice for interim DoM. Dave
  6. I love this. Kalevi Kiviniemi on the organ of Sibelius Hall, Finland with "Zug zum Münster" (from "Lohengrin") by Richard Wagner. Nice Zylophone (?) during the course of the piece too. Dave
  7. Can't access it as of 1605hrs today (Sunday). Dave
  8. Nice rendition of "Magyar Himnusz", the Hungarian national anthem, as recorded at Esztergorm. I was given some noise-cancelling headphones for my birthday back in February and this sounds fantastic on those. Dave
  9. Nicely done. I had meant to attend this but distance - I am in Bristol - made it tricky. Dave
  10. Greetings all, My Mother this morning drew my attention to an obituary in the Daily Telegraph for Basil Ramsey, founding editor of Choir and Organ magazine who died 13th June 2018 at the age of 89. The obituary appeared in the Daily Telegraph's edition of Wednesday 18th July. No doubt a tribute will appear in the next edition of Choir and Organ but anyone who fancies reading the DT's writeup (although you may have to signup to their website to do so) can find it at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/07/17/basil-ramsey-organist-writer-obituary/ May he rest in piece. Dave
  11. Indeed! Happy retirement John and good wishes to all at Manders. Dave
  12. Nice recording and instrument: thank you for posting it. Here's another offering from the Finnish organist Kalevi Kiviniemi on the 81-rank organ of Turku Cathedral, Finland which was built by Veikko Virtanen Oy, Espoo, Finland in 1980. It is a fantasy improvisation on the tune "When Johnny": composer unknown. Dave
  13. Engler signed the contract for his organ on 21st September 1750 but there were two years of preparatory work before construction could commence. The contract, from what I can tell in my book about the project (which is written in German and Polish) specified an organ of 54 stops but the resulting instrument had 3 manuals, 56 speaking stops and 3077 pipes with the following specification: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - HAUPTMANUAL: Principal 16 (lowest octave made of wooden pipes), Bourdon 16, Salicet 16, Rohr Flute 8, Octave 8, Salicet 8, Viola da Gamba 8, Doppel Quinte 6, Octave 4, Nasat 3, Super Octav 2, Sesquialtera (2rks), Mixture (8rks), Trompette 16, Trompette 8, Waldhorn 4 OBER-CLAVIER: Principal 8, Gemshorn 8, Unda Maris 8, Hohl Flute 16, Vox Humana (Rhorwerk) 8, Spitzflute 4, Salicet 4, Octava 4, Quinte 3, Super Octava 2, Sedecima 1, Hautbois 8, Theorbe 4*, Zimbel (5rks). (NOTE: * = never heard of these) RUCK-POSITIV: Principal 8, Flauttrav 8 (wooden), Quintadena 8, Rhor Flaute 16 (tin pipes), Quintadena 4, Octava 4, Nachthorn 2, Flauto amabile 4 (metal pipes), Tertian (2rks), Chalumeau 8, Scharff (4rks, "aus 2 fuß") PEDAL: Principal 16 (tin pipes)**, Principal 8 (tin pipes)**, Major Baß 32, Salicet 32 (starting at lowest F), Dulcian 16, "Open" Violon Baß 16, Gemshorn (Baß "von neuer Art") 16, Flaute 8 (wood), Gemshorn Quint 6 (Metal pipes), Clarinet 4, Mixture (10rks!) Posaune 32, Posaune 16, Trompa 8, Shallmey 4 (NOTES: * = trans. "of a new type". ** = given as being "ins Gesichte" so presumably display pipes) In addition to the speaking stops there was a Tremulant, Bells, Couplers (one for coupling all 3 manuals together, one for coupling only 2 manuals together) and also 2 "Sperr-Ventile" (not sure what they are) for each of the manual divisions and the pedal division. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - With this being an attempt to recreate Engler's original 1752-61 instrument I guess the intended stoplist will be something similar. The book I got the above stoplist from gives the manual compass as, in German, "C, D, Dis bis c3" making 48 keys. I find the idea of a 10 rank pedal mixture an interesting one which, on that division, should be interesting to try and recreate: surely it must have been one of the largest mixtures in Europe (if not THE largest) at the time. The church is a fairly big one rather than being an ordinary run-of-the-mill parish church: for anyone who has never been to Wroclaw the church of St. Elizabeth is right in the city centre next to one of the main squares. Hope this is of interest, Dave
  14. Indeed that is a lot of money but there will be research such as analyzing existing Engler pipework in other instruments of his to get the right metal alloys. The case of the original Engler organ was well decorated - see image below - so the work on that case will cost quite a bit in itself. This image below is, I believe, an idea of how the reconstruction is intended to look. Pictures elsewhere in a book I purchased in Wroclaw suggest that this is how the organ looked after Engler finished it in 1761. Dave
  15. Greetings all. Back in 2009 I made a post ("Interesting Organ Project in Poland - https://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/topic/2384-interesting-organ-project-in-poland/ ) where I referred to the destruction by fire on 9th June 1979 of the organ (1752-61) by Michael Engler in the church of St. Elizabeth, Wroclaw, Poland. At the time I made that post there was a fundraising effort in progress with the aim of building a direct replica of Engler's organ for the church in question. I thought I would post here, for the benefit of anyone interested, an update which I noticed online this afternoon. In December 2017 a tender was issued for the work - http://www.opusorgani.pl/more.php?ch=3&subch=3&article=9 - in which photos are included showing that work to reconstruct the organ balcony (which was also lost in the fire of June 1979 along with the organ). In May 2018 it was announced by Fundacji Opus Organi - http://www.opusorgani.pl/more.php?ch=3&subch=3&article=10 - that a contract for the work on the organ has been won by a consortium. The consortium doing the work will be lead by Orgelbau Klais (Bonn, Germany) and the partners in the consortium will be Manufacture d'Orgues Thomas (Stevelot, Belgium) and Zych Zaklady Organowe (Wolomin, Poland). The contract was signed on 24-Apr-2018 and is effective until 28-Feb-2022 with the price being PLN15,996,120.00 (net) but, with VAT, that becomes PLN19,675,227.60 (around £4,000,000). I should think, and hope, that with a consortium like that, the long process of the work will result in what should be a first-class reconstruction of the lost Engler organ which, among other things, will no doubt include pipes built with metal specifications similar to other Engler instruments. It should be well worth hearing and I look forward to seeing the outcome. Hope this has been of interest. Dave
  16. A member of this forum put a picture of this organ on their Facebook page a couple of days back. Lovely looking instrument but what a pity (IMO) that someone had to go and jazz it up to the extent that it starts (to my ear anyway) to sound more like a fairground organ: a look at some other clips on YouTube reveal that, aside from the Cymbelstern (no objection) the statues and some other parts also move: see the clip called "Święta Lipka - Polonez - Pożegnanie Ojczyzny organy (HD)". The organ is in the church of the Dear Lady, located in Święta Lipka (Poland) and was built by Jan Mosengel (1721) with more work by B. Goebel (1905) and by Klepacki & Sauer (2010). Sounds great in these clips but I wonder how much of the organ as it is now is original material. Nice instrument though and lovely colours. Dave
  17. Worcester will still have the talents of Mr. Allsop: he isn't moving too far. Just across the College Green in fact. http://rscmworcester.com/moving-to-pastures-new-across-college-green/ Dave
  18. The May/June 2018 issue of Choir & Organ magazine says that "Matthew Owens (Organist & Master of the Choristers, Wells Cathedral) has been made a Prebendary (Canon) of Wells Cathedral by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, in recognition of 'outstanding service to the Church in the Diocese and particularly to the Cathedral'. Dave
  19. Two clips from Cologne Cathedral. Most YouTube clips from Cologne Cathedral seem to feature the main 4-manual organ at the crossing of the cathedral but, in view of it being lit up, I assume this is the cathedral's main organ which was built by Klais of Bonn in 1998: it looks to me in the clip as if someone is at the console of it. Lovely building but I think the sound quality of this clip is not perhaps as great as the piece sounds. Speaking of which does anyone recognise the piece? Sticking with the main organ at the crossing in the Cathedral (Klais of Bonn, built 1947 and restored with alterations in 2000) here we have what sounds to me like an absolutely splendid improvisation of Hymn 642 from the hymnbook of the same cathedral. It sounds as if this one is done in the French style - my Dad always says to "expect fireworks from the French" - but whether it is intended to sound French or not it is fabulous anyway. Enjoy! Dave
  20. Yes, there really is one! This afternoon I drove past the entrance to the Hampton Court Castle which is at Hope-under-Dinmore, a few miles south of Hereford. A look at the website this evening - https://www.hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk/ - reveals an extremely grand building, the website of which says that the oldest parts - including the chapel - date from 1427. I looked up this location on the National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) and there is an entry, dated 2002, for the chapel. The organ is reported as being unusable and "in pieces" in 2001. No builder is given but I should think, going by the specification, it is / was an instrument from the Victorian period or perhaps earlier. Does anyone know anything of the instrument's history? I can find nothing online. http://npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=R00347 (or, in case the link doesn't work, NPOR Number: R00347) Cheers, Dave
  21. Hi Ross. Yes I am and I was thinking of Christ Church, Clifton but I have just noticed that Peter Allison mentioned that in his post. I remember the organ at Christ Church as being a nice instrument and I also remember Wayne Marshall's recital on it some years back (can't recall when!) which included a round of variations on the theme from "The Flintstones". Hope you are enjoying life in Aus. Dave
  22. Greetings Ross. You weren't previously organist of a church here in Bristol, Uk were you? Your name rings a bell. Dave
  23. Just gone browsing Canterbury Cathedral's website. The correct link is https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CC_QO-spec_Dec-2017.pdf That link, together with other info, can be found at https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/support-us/supporting-us/the-canterbury-voice/the-cathedral-organ-project/ Dave
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