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Tony Newnham

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  1. Hi John I no longer live in Yorkshire either. Will go into EMS when we visit the area, although quite when that will be with my wife's illness is anyone's guess. Every Blessing Tony
  2. Hi I've often used it before our main carol service - but not really thought if it's appropriate anywhen else. Every Blessing Tony
  3. Hi I've taken a fair number of Remembrance services in my days as a Baptist Minister. Timing is an issue - especially in one church where the service was held at the war memorial and a clock on the village school across the road chimed the hours - and wasn't always right! As to the 2 minutes silence, a watch with a second hand works well enough - or possible a stop watch discreetly placed on a lacturn. More recently, when our Remembrance services were in church, I used a countdown timer I downloaded from the web on a netbook computer. Personally, I don't think an odd few minutes error is that important, especially on Remembrance Sunday, but at Ashdon for a few years I lead a short service at the war memorial actually on the 11th, mainly for the benefit of the upper classes in the school (the vicar refused to do it!). For that I did make sure I was dead on time. I then had a complaint that I was a few seconds adrift on the Sunday - it happened to be my turn to lead the village service - I just pointed out that I'd made sure we were dead on time on the 11th, which really is the more significant time IMHO. Every Blessing Tony
  4. Hi I came across Mathias Rehfeldt's You Tube channel recently - I find it well worth a listen. Every Blessing Tony
  5. Hi I'd not worry about the key, just find a reasonably reedy sound (a 12th might do the job if you have one). Trumpet is perfectly acceptable - my youngest son will be playing Last Post etc. on his Trumpet tomorrow morning, and I've also seen a trumpet used by an army musician, so no problems there. Every Blessing Tony
  6. Hi A friend arranged a session for me on the Lancing College Chapel Walker back in the '60's when the Walker had been erected on a temporary gallery - in 1914! Not managed to get back since.
  7. Yes, EMS was on North Parade above Woods music shop. When they sold out to the Williams group, who shortly after went bankrupt, EMS has moved to Salts Mill in Saltaire and is still going strong. And to keep things on topic they often have a couple of Positive organs on display. Every Blessing Tony
  8. Hi Further to Inate's comment about the Clavichord, which I also have read was a common practice instrument in Bach's time, there have been Pedal Clavichords (and Pedal Harpsichords). I saw a pedal Clavichord for sale in the Early Music Shop in Bradford a good few years ago now. Sadly, it was beyond my means. Every Blessing Tony
  9. Hi Compton made a version of the Polypohone (bass cube) for 16ft as well - common on the Miniatura range of organs. Every Blessing Tony
  10. Hi I'd not want to lose a Stopped Diapason - but then, I play a lot of early English repertoire, and the combination of Open & Stopped Diapason is one of the core sounds, called for when the composer asks for "Diapasons". As to the Dulciana, it depends on how it fits with the other stops. It can be useful to accompany soft solo registrations on the Choir, or by itself - but if, as on one of my previous organs, it's nigh on inaudible, it really isn't worthwhile. At Heaton Baptist I had the interesting situation that the Stopped Diapason was the quietest stop on the small chamber organ, yet it seemed to "grow" if used in combination, even working under Principal & Fifteenth for a mf-f bright combination. There was a Dulciana, which we retained (it was a historic instrument after all) and it was useful either on its own for soft voluntaries, or to colour the St Diap. Every Blessing Tony
  11. Hi Facebook groups and fora are very different beasts. I use both (and incidentally I see this morning that Yahoo Groups are effectively being discontinued in a matter of days, and the archives & files deleted in December. So much for being able to go back & find information!). I agree though, that this and other fora (including David's own forum "Organ Matters" need to be used. It's a case of "Use it or lose it". Every Blessing Tony
  12. Hi I agree with you Colin - I've only heard a very small handful of early music pieces played on piano that I've found somewhat acceptable. I'd much rather hear original instruments. Every Blessing Tony
  13. Hi A lot of Radio 3 programmes have been either stopped or moved - irritating. Every Blessing Tony
  14. Very sorry to hear this. Prayers for his family & others affected by his passing. Every Blessing Tony
  15. Hi Yes he did. Great European Organs no 56, dating from early 2000's. I have a copy in my CD collection, but I've not played it recently so can't comment on the sound, but I don't recall any significant issues when I did listen. Every Blessing Tony
  16. Hi Some of the devices are already used for stop control, etc. by users of Hauptwerk & other pipe organ simulators, and since they output (or can be persuaded to output) the relevant MIDI commands it should be possible to interface them with a pipe organ that has MIDI facilities including MIDI inputs, but I see little point. Why would I want to play an organ from a piano keyboard when the proper console is there. I can think of a couple of possible scenarios, but it's not something I'd want to do regularly. It's a strange feeling playing organ sounds from a weighted piano keyboard! Just because something CAN be done doesn't mean that it's a good idea to actually do it! Every Blessing Tony
  17. Hi Somewhere in my music collection I have an organ duet (2 organs) arrangement of something (possibly Battle Hymn of the Republic) by Porter Heaps. I've never played it - can't remember now why I bought it many years ago. Every Blessing Tony
  18. Try MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society) (or whatever they call themselves these days). In most cases they have the answer to copyright issues for recordings, and can tell you what to do if they don't have the info. They will also deal with all the licensing (on payment of a fee of course!). PRS (Performing Rights Society) deal with public performance licensing. I've found MCPS to be very helpful, they'd rather not have to chase those who infringe copyrights. It's been a few years since I've had to deal with them though - I've produced a handful of recordings on cassette & CD over the years, but nothing recently aside from my own (simple) arrangements of hymn tunes that are in the public domain. Every Blessing Tony
  19. Very pleased to see a Mustel being used. As to Colin's original post, Cambridge Reed Organs when I last heard were concentrating on hire work, as is Phil Fluke, but as Phil still retains a large collection, it would be worth asking him about surplus parts (https://harmoniumhire.co.uk/). Karl Heslop who has recently started out on his own account as an organ builder (and is currently restoring a small reed organ for me) might just be interested (https://www.facebook.com/carl.heslop). I also noticed recently that David Shuker at Sign of the Pipe is advertising reed organ restoration (http://www.signofthepipe.com/index.html). I think there's also another set-up in the UK hiring & restoring reed organs, but I've not heard of them recently and don't have contact with them. There are a few enthusiasts around too, some of whom do their own repairs & restorations (and some are members of the Reed Organ Society). Their council member for the UK (currently me, but not for much longer) has an e-mail list, so anything particularly interesting can be circulated - but rehoming reed organs is difficult because of a lack of appreciation in general for their musical qualities, plus the issue of restoring something that will be between c.50 & c.150 years old! Much the same problems as pipe organs really! Every Blessing Tony
  20. Hi With regard to the diminuendo on the last chord, the organist I mentioned was brought up as a Baptist, and was by a significant number of years the longest-standing member of my congregation, so it's obviously not just a Primitive Methodist "things".
  21. Hi The organist in my last church did that at the end of most hymns. I've no idea where it came from, and it sounded extremely odd on a 5 stop unenclosed chamber organ! I guess like legato touch it was the suggested norm at some time in the past. Every Blessing Tony
  22. Hi Many decades ago, whilst learning to play the organ, I was taught that, in hymn accompaniment where there were repeated notes in one or more parts to tie the inner parts and possibly the bass, but not the soprano line. Not sure I'd want to be rigid about it these days, but it might provide a starting point. Every Blessing Tony
  23. Hi I do hope MM can get his book published - I much prefer real books to reading things off screen - however I do realise the problems. A good few years ago, a friend of mine wrote a book on a rather obscure topic (The development of the rose engine - the machine used for decorative pattern engraving on watch cases & the like). Although the books sold at a fair price (for the time) I guess it cost him. (I got a free copy both as a friend & because I'd made a small contribution to the contents.) At least MM shouldn't have the disaster I had - I'd researched the history of the church I was minister at for an essay in an Open Theological College course, and thought I'd print a few copies, until I discovered from a local historian just in time that the one book I'd found about the history of the village was grossly inaccurate! I still haven't got round to revising it. However it's released, I look forward to reading MM's Compton book - and I really must re-visit Colin's website! Every Blessing Tony
  24. Hi I did some research on pedals on early English organs as a small part of a talk I gave to the Bradford Organists' Association back in 2009. I append my notes below, but in essence there MAY have been an example of pedal pull downs ass early as 1635 (Jesus College, Cambridge). Earliest confirmed independent pedal pipes was 1793 - added by Avery to the organ in Westminster Abbey. On another point, I'm not sure I fully agree about the lack of tonal variety - it's surprising just what can be done with limited resources. No time for more now - I'm preaching & leading the service this morning (as well as playing) and need to get ready! Every Blessing Tony From my notes for a talk/demonstration on Early English Organs:- Development of pedals – separate keyboard for pedal stops (pix) – compass of pedals – (pix. – inc. Toe pedals from “Organbuilding 8 & Gt. Chishill) (Also same benefice – Elmdon St Nick, Flight c.1867) Pull Downs may have existed at Jesus college, Cambridge in 1635 – no independent pedal pipes. 1720-21 pedals at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. CC compass St Mary, Redcliff (1726) –CC compass Samuel Wesley is quoted as saying “pedals might be of service to those who could not use their fingers” (1840) By early 1800’s most larger organs had at least pull-downs, and most had a set of independent pedal pipes. (Some chamber organs had 16ft stop in bottom octave for use by hand or feet). Earliest confirmed pedal pipes 1793, Westminster Abbey – added by Avery 1793. Thistlethwaite lists some 43 organs that possibly had pedal pipes dating from 1773 (Green’s organ for Walsall Parish Church – details uncertain) to 1820. 16ft pipes unpopular with builders while GG compass was the norm – cost & size. Pedals initially provided a “third hand” for pedal points and complex textures.
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