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  1. Here's something for a bit of fun. Insides and sounds of the organ at Esztergom Basilica, Hungary. Dave
  2. That is how I put the petition into English as well John. Frankly I don't blame him either: a place such as St. Peter's, Rome is the last place I would expect to find an electronic organ. Dave
  3. Through a link on the "Organs of Paris" group on Facebook I have been made aware of this. Sounds like the organ at this most sacred of places of worship is not in good condition but, either way, I hope that this installation, if it has already been done, is not a permanent thing. Either way a petition has been set up which is written in Italian so you will need a translator to read it. It appears that St. Peter's Basilica, Rome has acquired an electronic organ!! https://www.change.org/p/appello-per-l-organo-a-canne-nella-basilica-di-san-pietro-in-vaticano/fbog/847366699 Out of itnerest what is the history behind the pipe organ there? Dave
  4. I love this. And so, clearly, does the audience. Dave
  5. Absolutely! The instrument sounded fab during the concert on Monday evening (18th December) which was the yearly run of Messaien's "La Nativité" after which a retiring collection toward the organ appeal was taken and it raised quite a bit from the 100+ (reckoned by one of the stewards) members of the audience. Dave
  6. Evening all, Just a post to say that Bristol Cathedral is attempting to raise money for the restoration of the organ (IV/66, Harris 1685 / Seede 1786 / WG Vowles 1861 / JW Walker 1907) which, from a figure given at a recent concert, is likely to cost in the order of £1.5m. Pages have been added to the cathedral's website: https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/music/organ-and-sound/ Dave
  7. Thank you SL. I will miss some of the Sunday afternoon bit due to being in Bristol Cathedral for a service but I will have the radio back on as soon as I can after the service is over. Glad you can get BBC Radio 3 over there online: if you want to watch BBC TV over the internet you need to be in England and have an English TV licence. A very Merry Christmas to you as well. Dave
  8. Greetings all, It is nearly the time of year again and, on Sunday, BBC Radio 3 will - as always - broadcast their offering of festive music from numerous locations around Europe that they collectively refer to as "Christmas Around Europe". This year the date for it will be Sunday 17th December. For me is one of my favourite broadcasts, not only of Christmas but also of the year, and I always listen to as much of it as I possibly can. This year's music will come from Finland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark, Czech Republic and Portugal (Basilica, Mafra). Details now on the BBC Radio 3 website as follows: Part 1 (Finland, Austria): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jc2gg Part 2 (Nuremburg, Sofia, Copenhagen, Frankfurt): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jc2gj Part 3 (Brno, Mafra): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jc2gl I will, as ever, look forward to this. For anyone wondering there will be organ in the segment from Finland. As an aside the section from Vienna includes music by James MacMillan while the Vienna and Mafra segments contain English carols. Should be good. Dave
  9. A great shame. to loose something as nice as that. Looks a write off sadly. Dave
  10. Interesting although the NPOR entry referred to says "Organ Maintained" and gives no information as to the redundancy of the church or the sale, impending or otherwise, of the organ. Saying that the site https://www.achurchnearyou.com/bedford-st-thomas/ does indeed give the church as being closed and also has the correct postcode. It is good that the organ is to be preserved if the instrument mentioned earlier in this thread is this one I am glad it will be saved and not end up on the scrapheap. As an aside the NPOR entry G00085 states that the organ was opened 27-Apr-2921 by Edward Bairstow. Dave
  11. At Bristol Cathedral on Sunday 1st October the music of FJ very much dominated the service and understandably so: Before the service: Adagio, Sonata No.1 in G, op. 35 Gospel fanfare: Fanfare, op.18 Communion Setting: Communion Service in G During Communion: Prelude on 'East Acklam', op. 60 No.4 Communion Music: 'For The Fruits Of His Creation' (Tune: East Acklam) Voluntary: Allegro deciso, Sonata No.1 in G, op.35 For Choral Evensong that afternoon the voluntary at the end was Moderato (Sonata no.1 in G minor) I was unfamiliar with most, if not all, of that music and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it. A guard of honour well deserved! Just gone on York Minster's FB page but couldn't find anything. Do you have a link? Dave
  12. He will be a hard act to follow. Dave
  13. Another event for you. The yearly organ recital held at Worcester Cathedral to mark the anniversary of the cathedral's choir organ will this year be given by Colin Walsh (Lincoln Cathedral) on Saturday 7th October starting at 1845hrs. Programme: Grand Choeur in D (Guilmant) || Cantilene from Suite Breve (Langlais) || Choral n. 2 in B minor (Franck) || Petite rapsodie improvisee (Tournemire, reconstructed by Durufle) || Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 538 (Dorian) (JS Bach) = Interval = Fantasie no. 2 in D Flat (Saint-Saens) || Symphony no. 3 in F sharp minor (Vierne) Ticekets £14 (under 18s free). Could be a really good evening but unfortunately I cannot go. Pity. www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/334546 Dave
  14. Anne Page is to give a recital to mark the rededication, following restoration by Richard Bower, of the GM Holdich organ at St. margaret's Church, Upton (nr. Acle), Norfolk. The oncert, according to the link below, is to be on Saturday 30th September starting at 7:30pm. http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/joy-as-150-year-old-holdich-organ-is-returned-to-norfolk-church-following-82-000-restoration-project-1-5203269 http://uptonholdichorgan.org.uk/ Dave
  15. This instrument is actually 3 organs (main organ and two choir organs) all playable from two consoles. The case on the gallery dates from the late 1730s and an organ by Johann Brandenstein (according to Wikipedia although the link in this text dates the case to 1765). A bit more information can be found at https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.die-orgelseite.de%2Fdisp%2FD_Waldsassen_Stiftsbasilika.htm translated into English to an extent. Dave
  16. Yes he would be a good bet: I heard his recital at Worcester Cathedral a couple of years back, the first time I had ever heard him play live, and it was absolutely fabulous. Richard Lea and Carol Williams I have never heard live although I have heard CW on YouTube and think she plays very well. Dave
  17. Hi all, Just been nosing around the website of Durham Cathedral and came across this sermon, preached on his final Sunday as DoM, by Canon James Lancelot. Thought I would share it here. https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/worshipandmusic/sermon-archive/visions-and-dreams Although I had thought he was not a full canon of the Cathedral a search of the sermon archives does also bring up two other sermons from James. HTIOI, Dave
  18. Evening all, I am wondering if any of our Facebook-using members may be able to help with this one. Our members from Germany may already be aware that the death was announced this morning of Cardinal Joachim Meisner (1933-2017, Archbishop of Cologne 1989-2014). I have just come across this clip on Facebook..... https://www.facebook.com/domradio.de/videos/10155392236108311/ ..... featuring extracts from his sermons. It also shows the choir of Cologne Cathedral singing for His Eminence on the occasion of his 83rd Birthday and that starts 37 seconds in to the clip. Does anyone recognise the music please? I wouldn't mind trying to hear the whole piece. In case the video link doesn't work, the page from which it is taken can be found at https://www.facebook.com/domradio.de/ Cheers, Dave
  19. Morning all, For anyone not already aware BBC Radio 3's broadcast of Choral Evensong on Wednesday coming (5th July) will be live from Durham Cathedral. It will, of course, also be James Lancelot's last CE broadcast from Durham Cathedral before he retires after 32 years on 16th July. I did express hope, on the "Appointments" thread, that Canon Lancelot might be made Organist Emeritus for his long service to the cathedral and I still hope that this will be the case. Dave
  20. No idea but anymore jokes like that will make us all go batty...... Dave
  21. Specifications for both instruments can be found at : https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ruffattiorgan I will be interested to see who does the opening concert: quite a trip from Bristol but I may attend. Dave
  22. Appointment of Mr. Cole confirmed on Wells' website. http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/new-assistant-organist-announced/ Dave
  23. Just found this clip featuring the late and great John Scott at Merton College, Oxford. Dave
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