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Tony Newnham

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  1. Hi I notice that Rachel Mahone (Coventry Cathedral's DoM elect) is on BBC Radio 3 at 1:00 today (28th March) Every Blessing Tony
  2. Hi I tried this once with recorder & organ pedals. It's far from easy! The piece didn't make my concert repertoire! Might try it again sometime. Every Blessing Tony
  3. Agreed David. And he plays Harmonium as well! His duos with his brother on piano are also worth hearing. Every Blessing Tony
  4. Hi NPOR confirms that, apart from the front pipes of the former Nave division, the organ was removed before 2013. The remaining pipe display sadly hides a speaker array for the electronic. (Don't get me started on that issue!) Every Blessing Tony
  5. Hi Paul I picked up the Thistlethwaite book from our local bookshop yesterday - looking forward to reading it. It cost more than I'd usually spend on a book - but I had a couple of Christmas/Birthday gifts that covered a lot of the cost. I've had the Brindley book for a while - an interesting read. I've not come across the Wilkinson book. COuld you let me know where you got it from, and the full title, publisher etc. (I use our local bookshop when I can) Many thanks Every Blessing Tony
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    Interesting post Carrick. I've saved the post for future reference. Every Blessing Tony
  7. Hi Our local organists' association are running an event at Rugby Baptist Church (& there may be others elsewhere) Every Blessing Tony
  8. Hi AJJ Just click on the "Buy it Now" button on the eBay page. That's what I did & had no problems, CD arrived within a couplle of days. Every Blessing Tony
  9. Hi Rachel is due to play a recital for the Coventry & Warwickshire Organists' Association tomorrow, prior to our AGM at Coventry Cathedral. Just discovered this is open to the publicc - see the Cathedral website http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/blog/2020/02/04/a-special-opportunity-for-young-and-old-alike-to-hear-the-cathedral-organ/ Every Blessing Tony
  10. Possibly Colin, it's quite a while since I read the article. It shows Compton moving with the times - but arguably they went too far in concentrating on electronic organs when they did. Every Blessing Tony
  11. My copy of the book arrived yesterday. With reference to Compton & the neo-Baroque revival, I've read - probably in an article in "The Organ" - that the last version of the Miniatura was conceived with a more Baroque specification. Every Blessing Tony
  12. Hi I can't recall an mp3, but there are a handful of videos of a Casson Positive being played on You Tube, for example see below. There are at least 2 more on his You Tube channel. Every Blessing Tony
  13. At least I managed to order from eBay before you ran out! I sympathise, having recorded for sale at various Christian Conferences. It can be frustrating when demand exceeds your expectations - and I did my own duplication (originally cassette, and then CD-R - still have the duplicating machine for the latter). Distribution of such things is always the difficult bit. Every Blessing Tony
  14. I've tried on e-Bay every morning this week and failed to find the e-book listed. Very frustrating! Every Blessing Tony
  15. Hi I've also been using a Zoom H1 for a few years. As Colin says, very good value for money. I also use a Sony HDR-MV1 which is basically a digital audio recorder with a (very) basic HD video camera included. Audio quality is OK. Very convenient for ad hoc location recording. Every Blessing Tony
  16. Hi Glad to hear that the book is now available - but a search on e-bay UK failed to find it! Is it possible to buy direct from you (I have reservations about e-Bay) and what's the price? Every Blessing Tony
  17. Look forward to publication & reading your work.
  18. Hi Talking of extension practice organs, the Grant, Deagans & Bradbeer instrument in the song room at Southwell Cathedral (formerly a house organ) is interesting. There is no adjacent octave extensions on either manual. See NPOR E01317 Every Blessing Tony
  19. Hi I bought the Stanley facsimiles many years ago, and have no great problem playing from them. No great favourites amongst them. I've not come across the T to W edition of them, but I do have a couple of other volumes from that series that get an occasional outing. I've recently purchased some of Fitzjohn Music's editions of early English organ music. I worked through a volume of John Marsh voluntaries before Christmas, and will be looking at various other composer's works this year. Very pleased to have re-discovered this publisher. Every Blessing Tony
  20. Hi This post has reminded me of a couple of broadcasts on BBC radio 3, in the days when there were regular organ broadcasts. I recorded a couple of programmes off air - first on 27th Feb 1984, a broadcast from Leeds Town Hall with Simon Lindley & Keith Swallow - music for piano & organ by Flor Peters. Included his Suite Modale Op 43, Aria Op51 & Concerto for organ & piano Op 74. The 2nd recording dates from 29/1/99 and was part of a short series "Organ & Friends" with David Hill & Stephen Coombes. I didn't note the programme on the cassette insert for this one. I also have a CD which I bought several years ago of organ & piano repertoire. My CD's are upstairs, and currently inaccessible as I have breathing problems (2nd chest infection of the season) and I can't remember any details. On a slightly broader front, there is a body of repertoire for Harmonium & Piano, including works by Cesar Frank, Kerg-Elart & Leferrbe-Wely IIRC. The Scott brothers and others have recorded some of this - but once again, my CD's are currently inaccessible. For those so inclined, there's also a body of works from the Evangelical church tradition - mainly hymn arrangements for piano & organ, and the 2 instruments are often used together to accompany hymns & choral works. Every Blessing Tony
  21. I thoroughly agree. I would also add that the church isn't in the museum business. Every Blessing Tony
  22. Hi The music group I used to run at Rye Baptist Church did play for a couple of weddings of church members (usually with some organ music as well). I can't recall it being requested by non-members, but then we didn't do many non church member weddings anyway! Every Blessing Tony
  23. Nothing. I ended up in hospital on Christmas Eve with complications due to gastroenteritis, and only got hom yesterday evening. Every Blessing Tony
  24. Hi Definitely tracker action. In my opinion, detached consoles are a mixed blessing, and putting the console at the far end of the building means a lag in the sound reaching the player (plus any lag due to the action) - I discovered this as a teenager when the church where I was learning organ - quite a small building, perhaps seating 80 or so - put a 4 rank extension organ in, replacing a 1mp tracker. The pipework of the new organ was in the North West corner, elevated over an area that was used as a choir vestry, console at the East end of the Nave. The first time I played it I found the lag noticeable. With a West End organ, I would also have the choir at the West End. There's no way a west end organ & east end choir are going to sound properly balanced other than at one point somewhere down the Nave. Another factor that I've found problematic is trying to play quietly when people are moving about & talking (pre-service etc.). There have been times when I've not been able to hear the organ at all. Every Blessing Tony
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