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Tony Newnham

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  1. Would thumbing down for one of the voices work? Or changing the octave? Just random thoughts - I've not seen the score.
  2. I presume you mean the ones about a young man that I was once asked to play for the funeral of a 90+ year old man! Every Blessing Tony
  3. It definitely looks good, but like David I've not had a chance to read it yet - too many other books this Christmas! Every Blessing Tony
  4. May I echo the Christmas greetings from Rugby.
  5. I suspect there may have been a limited publication around 30 years ago. I certainly bought a copy that included Hark the Herald from my then local music shop. IIRC it was a set of 4 brass intros, copied from a fairly neat handwritten score. I no longer have it - I passed it on to one of my sons when he was involved in a brass band, and he now can't find it (I asked a couple of years ago if I could have it back). I wonder if it might be worth asking your local brass band or other places (schools etc) where there are brass players.
  6. Hi No choir in our small church, so that's one less problem. Family service Sunday week (by invitation) plus a normal set of worship material (usually including hymns that I record & post on You Tube); following Sunday is our carol service (I think the main service will be by invitation, and probably a full-length video version on YT (I've trialled full length YT services over the past few weeks with a couple of full-length videos. Hopefully I won't have to do the whole thing, as I did for Advent Sunday. The video editing can get quite time-consuming! Also a service Christmas Day
  7. Hi Organteq may well need a fairly powerful processor, but it should run on a fairly modest modern computer as it requires very little disc space or RAM. There's no samples to store (it uses real-time synthesis). Every Blessing Tony
  8. Hi There are even cheaper options for virtual organs than Hauptwerk - take a look at Grande Orgue - not as advanced as HW, but still pretty reasonable, and free! Until 18 months ago when I got the Content to use at church I was running a similar, now discontinued, piece of freeware and a modest 2mp sample set at church, controlled from a Yamaha HS8 home organ that I picked up for about £50. Not ideal - spinet console layout with 2 4-octave manuals (Tenor-C Swell!!!), and an octave & a half of short stick pedals - but it did the job. I'm in the process of setting up a basic
  9. Hi Small pipe organs do tend to be rather costly - which is why I don't have one. I recently purchased a 2mp digital portable to use at church - a Content 224 Compact. It's about the cheapest 2mp classical organ around - albeit modular in construction rather than in a full cabinet. I hadn't seen it at the time (and not yet heard one in the flesh) the Viscount Cantorum Duo is similar. Beware pricing in ads - they tend to just publish the price for the keyboard unit (this applies to both brands) and you then have to add on stand, pedalboard & bench. I got a very good deal on the C
  10. That's the chap. There's a few other tracks on his YT channel of similar things, and a few other "odd" combinations of instruments.
  11. There are (were?) a few videos on You Tube of a Dutch organist playing cornet & organ - not seen anything of him recently, and the name escapes me. I tried playing recorder & organ at the same time once - not really a success. It would have taken a lot of practice for just one item in a concert. I might give it a try again one day. I occasionally play organ & piano together for sections of some worship songs - it only works if you can get the keyboards close enough, or, as I've done recently with a few of the items I've been recording for church, I've got my Viscount Cantor
  12. Hi After I'd left this site yesterday I thought I remembered a couple of Thiman volumes in my collection. I remembered wrong - they're Alec Rowley! However, I did discover a copy of Thiman's "A Tune for the Tuba" - Fullscap format, published by Novello, priced 1/6 - with a rubber stamp increasing that to 2s! Copyright 1947. In E major - but there look like some "interesting" chords especially towards the end. I doubt that I'll ever play it now, so if anyone is inteerested .... (I let Paul know but haven't heard any more from him - yet) Every Blessing Tony
  13. Interesting. I've fancied having a go on a Carillon for quite a while - don't know what listeners would think though!
  14. Hi Nic It's thought that the Dvorak Bagatelles are one of the very few pieces written by a significant composer for American Organ for the reason you suggest. I've not looked at the score - in performance terms there are differences between the 2 styles of reed organ, most notably the keyboard split point, which is e/f above middle c in the vast majority of Harmoniums & middle b/c in most American organs, which can cause problems transferring works written for one type of instrument to the other - depending on what use the composer has made of the split. I've heard recordings of the
  15. Hi I avoided mention of the 2mp (& other similar) reed organs which, although using the same technology as the foot blown instruments, lack the expressiveness of such instruments. They have their place - and even more so in pre-electronic organ days where they were produced as home practice organs, and for use in smaller/impoverished churches. The market segment these days that's filled by digital organs. I've played quite a few such organs over the years. In general, a reed organ with an electric blower misses out on the big advantage of the instruments, but the larger pedal Harm
  16. Hi I started off playing reed organs alongside pipe organs almost 6 decades ago, and I need to declare an interest as a member, and until recently, council member of the Reed Organ Society (https://www.reedsoc.org/). The true Harmonium - a pressure reed organ in the format patented by the Debain company in France in the middle of the 19th century is a very expressive and flexible instrument with repertoire from some of the well known organ composers of the day. The key feature that gives the instrument it's expressiveness is the stop marked "Expression", which when drawn cuts the wind r
  17. Hi Don't forget when comparing prices that the professional suppliers have to factor in the cost of installation, cables etc, plus any troubleshooting or hand-holding that may be required by users in the first few months. If you go down the DIY route you have to do all that yourself. Any digital system will have a degree of latency - how much and if it will be a problem is down to the usage. I've not tried to set up a CCTV system to see a conductor since analogue days! Every Blessing Tony
  18. Hi I have an older Kevin Mayhew book "64 Hymn Preludes". There's quite a mixture from hymns associated with high Anglicanism, etc., via the Evangelical wing & even a couple of preludes on worship songs. I've recorded a couple recently to go with the hymn/song recordings I've been doing for Wolston Baptist Church. A couple of examples are: and Apologies that the recordings aren't the best. I've not needed any of the more complex ones recently. It might also be worth looking at https://www.martinmans.nl/bladmuziek. I came across his livestreams
  19. Hi Jonathon Scott used the tracker console at Bridgewater Hall for his You Tube recital there recently. It's perhaps also worth remembering that the tracker consoole will be useable if there's aan electronics failure in the detached console! I have the CD of the Dordrecht organ, and listened to it recently. I certainly sounds a good instrument. (I'm in the process of listening to & listing my organ CD's - a long job, especially with so many good livestreams around at the moment.) Every Blessing Tony
  20. Regarding mixtures & mutations drawn from parent 8ft ranks, the 5th sounding pitches (2 2/3 etc) are usually tolerable, the difference between ET & the true harmonic pitch being very small. Tierces and other pitches are a different matter, and probably best used for solo lines, if at all. One solution I have come across is where the builder has used an independent mild string rank to derive both a Tierce & a Celeste. The tuning again is a compromise, but it works well enough for the situation. Sometimes in extension organs, mixtures etc are derived from true-tuned ranks
  21. The missing derivations on NPOR are because no-one has told us what they are!!! As to there being more letters than ranks of the alphabet, as an NPOR editor I have dealt with both SOuthampton Guildhall & the Dome, Brighton organs, where there's a similar problem. I solved it by numbering the chambers, so derivations became A1, etc. The "Further Information" section contains a rank listing (and even some detail on the mixture derivations). The Dome, Brighton has more straight ranks, and I managed with letters - but I did reach Y! (Missing I & O for obvious reasons). Every B
  22. I certainly agree about Facebook and the like. Fine for short-term discussions, but far from friendly if you want to find something from even the recent past. I do hope "organ matters" will grow & thrive. Sadly, I've little to post at present as I've been shielding because of the virus. Every Blessing Tony
  23. Hi I'm not sure where the Drane collection is - I thought it was in the BOA. The NPOR office had a photocopy of it. It's a series of notebooks containing organ specifications, often with abbreviated stop names, and usually with no mention of the source of his information, so very much a secondary source, but useful non-the-less. I know nothing about the Hoar collection other than its existence! Sorry not to be of more help. Every Blessing Tony
  24. There's always "organ Matters" (https://www.organmatters.com/) run by David Pinnegar. I'm one of the moderators. Every Blessing Tony
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