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Malcolm Kemp

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  1. Timothy Wakerell, sub-organist at London Cathedral, to be assistant organist at New College Oxford from September, per New College Choir website. Malcolm
  2. Per Chichester cathedral website, as copied to both Twitter (by the Cathedral) and Facebook (by others), Charles Harrison, assistant at Lincoln cathedral to be organist and master of the choristers at Chichester from September 2014. Malcolm
  3. Per Chichester cathedral website, Sarah Baldock is joining the music department of Cheltenham Ladies' College from the beginning of September. Her current post at Chichester cathedral is advertised in Church Times today. Malcolm
  4. ................ and me! Malcolm PS - When I was 13 years old a history master at school told me that all intellectuals are left handed and all left handed people are intellectuals. He was left handed himself.
  5. Members will be sad to learn that Dr Alan Spedding, for many years organist/director of music at Beverley Minster, and a great influence for good in the music of that area, died yesterday evening. Malcolm
  6. And a word from Edward Higginbottom: http://www.newcollegechoir.com/1/post/2014/03/passing-the-baton.html Malcolm
  7. And at the other place, apparently earlier than was originally intended: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/robert-quinney-appointed-associate-professor-and-director-of-new-college-choir/ Malcolm
  8. I understand that New College say they intend to announce the appointment in the course of the next few weeks. It was all over Twitter at 6 am today, however. Malcolm
  9. Those of us who are on Facebook no doubt will have read the fairly lengthy comments about this organ and church by the relevant DOA. I think they say it all. As he is also a member of this forum it is entirely up to him whether he wishes to repeat those comments here. Malcolm
  10. I listened a few days ago via iPlayer from Wednesday's live broadcast. I too thought the Buxtehude was absolutely superb with wonderful style and musical projection. A pleasant change from the boring and unstylistic performance of the Bach motet by the choir. Ben Bloor is clearly a player we shall be hearing much more of in the coming years. Malcolm
  11. On the other hand, if you have a decent piano technique the Gigout Toccata shouldn't cause you too many problems. M
  12. I am amazed to think you are suggesting that any organist would ever go anywhere near a pub. I've always been under the impression that all organists abstain totally from all forms of alcohol. I thought it was only bell ringers who go into pubs? Please don't tell me I'm wrong? Malcolm
  13. There is an extremely useful and comprehensive website devoted to the music of Guilmant, run by a chap who is extremely enthusiastic and helpful if you contact him. Quite a bit of unpublished music including some early unpublished short Mass settings although of course the well known big Mass in E flat is published by a commercial firm. Well worth looking at the Guilmant website. Malcolm
  14. Latest from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25472942 Malcolm
  15. Mention will, I hope, be made of his beautiful handwriting/manuscript. His script in the Lincoln chant book of his era is wonderful. Interestingly, it is very similar to that of Francis Jackson and both, of course, were pupils of Bairstow. Marshall was a great lover of cats and on the one occasion I was introduced to him (in The Duke Wiliiam in Lincoln) he was mourning the death of one of them. Until very recently I had an old cassette tape recording (copied from a recording made by a friend of mine who was a lay clerk at the time) of PM improvising on Battle Hymn of the Republic and ano
  16. The "other" Walford Davies tune is at No 642 in the very old edition of A&M Standard. It is actually the first tune I ever knew to O Little Town, having been brought up as a chorister at a rather "low" church in the 1950s. Malcolm
  17. My good friend who is organist at the church to which I allude recently managed to reharmonise Benson to include the Petrushka chord. I was glad not to have been there that day. Malcolm
  18. I also recall being shown how to get Horsley down a perfect fourth (I think I remember how to do it) but my recollection is that it was at a seminar on RCO tests in the early 70s at Kensington Gore with either Douglas Hopkins or John Birch. Having recently spent three and a half years in a congregation where the final verses of hymns are almost always re-written in any combination of key, harmony or tempo, not to mention adding descants, I have become rather allergic to such things. It has been a joy in recent weeks to go to Mr Wolsey's own establishment and to Portsmouth cathedral wher
  19. I was interested in the Wakefield programme because I have met the Dean a few times and we have many mutual friends. He is an enormously popular man wherever he goes - one Brighton congregation applauds whenever he enters their church - and with the support of his wife, who is a musician, he has encouraged the music at Wakefield to improve from the standard he found when he arrived there. What impressed me particularly about the Wells programme - apart from Owain Park's very mature and eloquent reflections in the organ loft on music and worship - was a delightful lady lay reader who featu
  20. Almost ironic that this should be happening at the same time that St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, whose own music department has had such a sad recent past, is relaunching and enlarging its music foundation and outreach to the community in such a big way under a supportive Dean. Malcolm
  21. Thanks, Wolsey. He was described as "acting" in the Telegraph yesterday re. the Christening. He deserves a good permanent job like that. Malcolm
  22. BCP Matins (or Mattins) is a combination of Matins and Lauds from the Breviary. The Benedictus fulfilled the same role at Lauds as the Magnificat at Vespers and the altar was censed during both. Until the early 1950s the Easter Vigil Rite was normally done on Saturday morning and finished with a shortened version of Vespers in which, during the Magnificat, the altar was censed. From the mid-1950s onwards when older version of the Rite were restored and the timing moved to very late evening, or even early morning, Lauds replaced Vespers and the altar was censed during the Benedictus. Now
  23. Vox - I agree with you entirely (just this once!!!!). Free download choral music is generally very poorly edited and proof read, frequently going totally contrary to what the composer intended. Often the actual music itself is out of print because it's such rubbish music anyway. I say this, having had to play several Latin Mass settings in recent times that are available only from these sources; full of misprints, poorly laid out, difficult to read and not worth doing anyway. For example, Paulo Giorza'a Mass No 8 in Bflat. Malcolm
  24. At risk of being called an anorak, obsessive, or even pedantic, the Jubilate is NOT, and never has been a canticle. It is a Psalm and nothing can be both a Canticle and a Psalm. Admittedly the Jubilate can be used as an alternative to the Benedictus in BCP Morning Prayer (the compilers of Common Worship had better liturgical understanding that the compiler of BCP and didn't give this option) but liturgically the Benedictus is the fixed, immovable centre of Mattins (during which the altar is censed when the office is sung solemnly) just as the Magnificat is the fixed centre of Evensong (dur
  25. Where there is excellence in worship - dignity and order without being too stuffy, fine liturgy, preaching, interceding, music (both played and sung, choral and congregational) all properly co-ordinated by a strong team with good leadership then a church will flourish and it will attract young people. In those circumstances money will be found for necessary work on the organ and, indeed, for anything else. In those circumstances there will also be good, co-ordinated outreach, mission and social care. Places like that do exist and they do flourish. I've not been there, either to look arou
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