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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. Hi I was amused, like Denis, to "discover" that the RAH organ has 9,999 stops! The mind boggles. I was also surprised to hear that it's not been changed from when Father WIllis built it (presenter attributed that comment to the organist). Surely we can expect the BBC to get basic facts right? Every Blessing Tony
  2. Don't worry about it S_L. Us techies understand it, and I'm sure you have loads of knowledge in other areas to share that neither Colin or myself know or understand! Every Blessing Tony
  3. Hi How can something be "rather unique"! It's either unique or not. (Sorry - it's English mis usage that bugs me). That said, a handful of pipe organs have been built with CC compass (an octave lower than the normal C compass), (although sometimes on stop lists it's not always clear exactly what compass is meant). Old English organs of course routinely had a manual compass descending to GG or FF. The (in)famous Midmer-Losh job in Atlantic City has a couple of manuals that descend even lower. I've just had a quick look in my copy of the book, and it does indeed look unusual. Perhaps the compass was chosen because the owner was a pianist? The additional cost of taking ranks down the additional octave must have been significant. There are indeed some oddities in the organ world! Every Blessing Tony
  4. The original information says that the organ is for services etc. in the Western end of the Cathedral, remote from the main organ. (Willis' plans originally included a department or two in this area). Also, it seems the instrument has been donated, so presumably minimal cost. Every Blessing Tony
  5. Hi We'll be singing - first service is a memorial service on Friday. The guidelines, taken I understand from the Baptist Union's advice, is to continue to wear masks, and not sing too loud! (I can't see some of our folk sticking to the last point!) I'm not sure what, if anything, we're doing about social distancing. Sunday morning should be fun. Every Blessing Tony
  6. Hi Going back a few posts, I have seen (and played from) a book of short pieces to accompany silent films. The Flukes had one in the late lamented Reed Organ Museum in Saltaire. The book usually lived on the "Orgapian" - a combined upright piano & reed organ designed and marketed for cinema use in the silent film days. I've played a couple of extracts from the book when doing demonstration recitals at the museum a few years back. The pieces were all short - no more than one page, and virtually sight-readable. I've never seen another such collection, but I guess they were common at the time. The Orgapian is now in a new museum that's being set up in the East Midlands, and I'm looking forward to re-acquainting myself with the beast (and other instruments in the collection). I think only 2 of these beast still exist. Every Blessing Tony
  7. Hi Didn't Sunak say the other day that singing would be allowed? However, I think a risk assessment will be in order, considering issues such as social distancing, particularly between rows of singers, and use or otherwise of masks. Every Blessing Tony
  8. Hi Peter I can't help with info about Hunter, but I'm pleased to see a Baptist Church getting a pipe organ back to playable condition. Good luck! Checking on DBOB, I see that Hunter was taken over by Willis, so it might be worth asking David Wylde if there's anything in their archives. Every Blessing Tony
  9. The missing low C# is simply because before organs were tuned to equal temperament (or another well tempered temperament) chords based on C#/Db were unusable because of the tuning. Any piece in Db major could use the low C# (AKA Db) in modern tunings. Every Blessing Tony
  10. Same as ever here yesterday morning & now.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Thanks for the info Scott. I'll take a look at the website - probably tomorrow (church today!) Every Blessing Tony
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