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Tony Newnham

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    Retired Baptist Minister, organ enthusiast (including electronics and reed organs).

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  1. Same as ever here yesterday morning & now.
  2. Hi I guess the recording including Harpsichord is "Zoji". The Harpsichord is played by Jane Chapman, with Mark Wingfield on electric guitar & soundscapes, and Adriano Adewale on percussion & vocals. I bought the CD after reading a review in, I think, Harpsichord & Fortepiano magazine (or maybe the British Harpsichord Society's on-line magazine. Another example of "crossover" is the "Playing the History" project, including Italian organist Marco Lo Musico. They reinterpret classic Prog songs - thankfully in instrumental form. It looks like the website has gone AWOL (http://www.playingthehistory.com/) - I was surprised to see their 2nd & most recent recording was 6 years or so ago. Every Blessing Tony
  3. Hi It seems Willis did very little work in Cambridge, but until 2019 there was another Willis in the city (or technically, in its suburbs). The Lady Margaret Beaufort Inst. of Theology in Newnham had a Willis Junior Development Plan organ until the chapel was reordered - see NPOR P01115. A builder search on NPOR also reveals 3 other instruments worked on by Willis at various times - all now either superseded or removed. Every Blessing Tony
  4. Thanks for the info Scott. I'll take a look at the website - probably tomorrow (church today!) Every Blessing Tony
  5. Hi I listened to some of the programmes (I tend to drift off to sleep at that time of night!). What I heard was interesting. I suspect the speaking over music was a production decision at the editing stage - maybe to get the running time right. The one thing that did annoy me a little was the statement that the Wannamaker organ is the largest in the world. It may be the largest fully working pipe organ - but the largest surely is still the Midmer-Losh effort in Atlantic City. Hopefully we may begin to see a bit more coverage of organ music by the BBC. Every Blessing Tony
  6. The Early Music Shop sell reproduction serpents if you want to own your own!
  7. Hi No idea about the introduction you're talking about. I thoroughly dislike the usually overblown and bloated arrangements of early English organ music. What's wrong with playing what the composer intended? Using appropriate sounds (and if possible an appropriate organ) and careful phrasing brings the music to life. Every Blessing Tony
  8. I'm reminded of a chap who installed a cinema organ in his terraced house in Folkestone IIRC. Never managed to get to see it. I suspect the "neighbour problem" would be pretty significant, especially these days. It's one reason why my digital home organ is in a converted section of the garage. Every Blessing Tony
  9. Hi Dave Another hymnbook collector - although mine are all English - oldest IIRC is a Methodist book from the late 1800's. Not sure how many I've got - I'll find out soon as I'm planning to relocate them so I can access them better. Every Blessing Tony
  10. My Great-Grandmother had no electricity in her house until she died (early to mid - 1960's). It was a typical fair sized Victorian terraced house. Gas lighting on the ground floor only (which was all that was used by that time). A gas stove in the kitchen, alongside a coal fire range (which I never saw in use). Outside toilet. If you needed to go upstairs in the dark you used a candle. No TV (obviously), but there was a radio - on a "Redifusion" system. Basically a cable relay system. There was a choice of BBC Light programme & home service. My sister & I would regularly go there for tea on Fridays. Granny Pete (Mrs Peters) was quite happy with what she had & never wanted anything more modern. I guess when you've lived your life without "modern" luxuries you don't see the point. At least Granny Pete had running water - I remember Mum & Dad taking her to visit a friend who lived in a cottage in the country - their water supply was a spring across the road! (That would probably have been late 1950's) How times change! Every Blessing Tony
  11. He did indeed. There's a synthesiser etc. museum in the States that has one of his organs (an Hammond L100) complete with daggers! I use a pencil if I need to set up a drone. Every Blessing Tony
  12. Hi "As an aside, in the recent rather splendid film of Far from the Madding Crowd, I noticed that the church in Casterbridge was rather bigger than I remembered, looking rather similar to Sherston, and appeared to have a nice electric action organ over the west entrance. Impressive, as it was set in the late 1840s - early adopters, clearly ..." Film & TV Drama makers often drop similar clangers, both in respect of churches, such as a Digital Piano sitting in the chancel in an episode of "Father Brown" - set in the 1950's. Railways are another area where they often get things wrong (BR locomotives in a Victorian era drama) and so on. I find such gaffes annoying and detract from the film/drama.
  13. Hi I read somewhere that on average, people are bigger now than in previous generations, and hence, on average, have naturally lower-pitched voices. Add to that the fact that there's far less singing in society, and certainly music teaching in schools has deteriorated (witness the row made by many so-called school choirs consisting of kids bawling at the tops of their voices that often appear on TV news programmes before Christmas. Hence many are neither taught how to sing, and many just don't sing other than in church. I guess the 2 factors together are behind the lowering of pitch. Given that many older organs also are sharp (I have a Harmonium that's a semi-tone sharp to A=440 for example) maybe that's another factor. Not sure that there's any easy answers. Every Blessing Tony
  14. The important dimension is height of the lower manual above the pedals. There are several web pages with details of console dimensions, for example http://www.organworks.co.uk/brit_console_dimensions.pdf Hope this helps. Every Blessing Tony
  15. Would thumbing down for one of the voices work? Or changing the octave? Just random thoughts - I've not seen the score.
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