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John Sheppard

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  1. Re Ivor Norridge, Didn't he work for Henry Willis at some point in time ?
  2. Quote- Does anyone have any knowledge of similar Willis jobs to this one ? St Barnabas Church Sutton Surrey did have one, don't know if it's still there. The organ was based on the Christmas tree design. The organist at the church when the organ was installed was Michael Osborne, reed voicer for Willis's when the works were in the Old Kent Road.
  3. Perhaps I can shed just a little bit of light about Kingsgate Davidson. Their factory was in a disused chapel in Ivydale Road. London S.E.15 When they ceased trading in 1966 (I think) their tuning contracts were taken over by Rushworths, including two of Kingsgates tuners, myself, and Doug Littlewood. They looked after many jobs in London and the home counties, and also had a regular quarterly tuning round in Wales. As well as Mr Davidson Snr., there was also Douglas Davidson his son. Ralph Arnold, one of the organ builders employed at Kingsgates, went out on his own when the firm ceased trading, and did some rather good work in Kent and surrounding areas untill about ten years ago. Tom Robbins also from Kent, who used to work in the drawing office at H.Willis's, took over some of the tunings from Kingsgates when he started up on his own. Sorry I can't give you any further information.
  4. Does anyone remember a theatre organist by the name of Denis Coleman (the spelling of Denis is correct) I understand he played on the Gaumont circuit years ago.
  5. Thought MM would have known,organ builders only deal in sharps not flats. c c# d d# ef f# g g# a a# b.
  6. One of the chapels at Golders Green has a Compton two manuel pipe organ, as does Eltham Crem. Anybody know what sort of organ is installed at Honor Oak Crem London S.E.4
  7. Apologies for the typos in the above
  8. Quote "When the Bride is late" We do not allow late brides in our two church benefice. Last year a bride turned up almost an hour late, with not so much as a "sorry" When I asked one of the ushers what was the cause of the delay I was promtly told "Chill out man, it's a wedding" We noe allow a bride to be five minute's late no more. If she is later than this the wedding cermony does not take place, and of course no refund of fees! Guess what, all our brides now arrive in plenty of tome to have the obligitory potos taken, and the service stars at the alloted time..
  9. May I be allowed to offer some advice that was given to me sometime ago by soprano soloist, who has a superb voice but suffers something terrible with nerves. She takes one Paracetomol half an hour before her performance. I have tried this, as like most organists somtimes get "worked up" before a performance. It works for me!
  10. Don't know what happened to the above post. Sorry!! I have come across The caring Lady F.D. J.S.
  11. He also did wonderful things whilst he was at Truro J.S.
  12. A great loss to Cornwall, and the whole of the South West. J.S.
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