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  1. The previous Dean had no cathedral experience either.
  2. All the references to William Allen of Bristol are derived from one one mistake, which people have copied. There was no such person.
  3. The historic organ is the Brighton one, not the present St. John’s one. Historic Buildings listing does not include organs. Their only concern is with the appearance. Only one organ has ever been declared part of a Listing schedule, and that was in a secular building. College chapels are extra-Diocesan, and the diocese has no say whatsoever.
  4. So perhaps those people who tried to accentuate the positive regarding HTB’s stewardship of the building and its organ might like to reconsider? The St John’s rumour has been going around for some time: Andrew Nethsingha hates the present instrument. Any attempt to move the Willis into St John’s will result in the destruction of a historic organ. Being a college, they can unfortunately do what they want.
  5. But Facebook groups are no more difficult to search than fora... Just because people don't do it doesn't mean it can't be done. Mine has an index, anyway, so you can see what's there.
  6. On the subject of alternative Fora, and at the risk of blowing my own Closed Horn 8 (tc), I would like to invite anyone who is not aware of it to my Facebook group, British Pipe Organs. It is essentially photography based, but encourages (and contains) lively debate on all sorts of organ matters. It's been going for 14 months, and now has about 2000 members and 1500 organs pictured. It's fully searchable and has an index, in the interests of having some sort of semi-permanent usefulness.
  7. Looks like a gritted teeth statement to me.
  8. It has changed the acoustics immensely. It is now too resonant, in my opinion.
  9. Yes, I've read all that. But apart from that he has no Internet presence whatsoever, and I've never met anyone who has heard of him. Strange.
  10. I think that's a very good question. The whole thing seems to be out of a different universe. The Krawinkel website talks as if it was the most normal thing in the world. Its not the only English Organ they seem to have doubled in size either. Is it all a massive joke? There seems to be no other mention anywhere. Mr Gartmore seems curiously obscure as well.
  11. Apparently not. Klaas Bolt's booklet (1985) says that bottom C of the the 32 is 371mm. The 16ft HW Prestant is 222mm at C.
  12. Three by J. A. P Fontanes, three by Antonio Xavier Machado e Cerveira, 1807. Restored by Dinarte Machado 1999-2010. There's a book/recording of 2010 The Six Organs in the Basilica of Mafra (2010). It includes pieces for the six organs by António Leal Moreira (1758-1819), João José Baldi (1770-1816) and the contemporary organist João Vaz (who's a very fine player, by the way).
  13. Bios publications as such are limited to the Journal, the Freeman book and the Leffler facsimile, and these (and the publications by David Shuker) are easily available via the website. I think you may be pardonably confusing it with Positif Press, which does publish the journal. I would agree that it is quite difficult sometimes to obtain their own publications. The BIOS membership list is distributed to members, so I made the assumption that since you were not in it in October 2019, it was unlikely that a sudden rush of enthusiasm had taken place. Incidentally, a quick estimate suggests that about 5% of members are outside the UK, which seems rather what one might expect.
  14. What do you mean, getting hold of BIOS publications is difficult? It's perfectly simple. And anyone can join BIOS: it's not a 'closed society.' That you choose not to do so is your own business.
  15. The old organs in Italy which weren't left dormant for ages were ruined, as in every other country. That's the point!
  16. He moved quite a while ago. I don't think it was his idea. Jeremiah Stephenson has been acting organist for some months.
  17. "minor, reversible changes". Anyone who believes this is living in cloud-cuckoo land.
  18. Although the HTB organ has been restored recently, it is only used for weddings when requested, not on Sundays. Most HTB plants don't use the organ, if any.
  19. Well, it was restored by Harrisons in 1999 when the RSCM owned Cleveland Lodge. This is the very first Orgelbewegung organ in Britain, by a long way. Since the Conservatoire is an entirely new, purpose built building it seems they just don't care. Out of fashion.
  20. Isn't it strange how, when all the fine words have been spoken, all concert halls end up with the same sort of huge shouty-frenchy instrument, more often than not built by the same two builders?
  21. The BBC is far advanced in plans to replace the Maida Vale studios with a new music centre at the Olympic Park in East London. Among other things, it will have a new hall large enough for public concerts with full choir and orchestra, equipped with adjustable acoustics (The BBCSO usually gives concerts at present in the Barbican Hall, which is a squeeze, and Maida Vale has only space for 200 audience. At the moment, there is no provision for an organ. Other recent radio halls have them, for instance in Copenhagen, Paris and soon in Katowice. From another point of view, perhaps thought ought to be given to a new home for the historic Compton organ at Maida Vale, since it is almost certainly going to be replaced with housing.
  22. 'most organ builders would be at the least rather circumspect about ripping out an original action.' Unfortunately, I think this is a great deal too optimistic in Britain.
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