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Malcolm Kemp

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  1. David - Many thanks for this detailed reply which has obviously taken you a lot of time and effort. I was merely interested out of curiosity when I saw it in a picture in Country Life which was advertising the property for sale. I was slightly surprised initially that none of the contributors to this forum from that neck of the woods responded but your reply suggests that they probably hadn't even heard of it. I apologise for not ringing you as suggested in your reply to my PM; this week has been hectic with other things and I had been intending to ring you today. THanks again Malcolm
  2. In the properties for sale section of Country Life this week there is an interior photo of Hamptworth Loge, Landford, near Romsey/Salisbury showing the case and pipework of a pipe organ. NPOR revels this to be a 3 manual Henry Willis III, the only other information being that it is unplayable since 2003 due to blower problems. No specification given. Does anyone know anything more about it? Malcolm
  3. Possibly Te Deum? A guess this time! Malcolm
  4. There are lots of books currently available about this kind of thing. A very recent one is "The biology of musical performance and perfromance-related injury" by Alan H D Watson, whom I have heard lecture on the subject in London. A shorter book is "The musician, a high-level athlete" by Coralie Cousin, there's "Indirect Procedures" by Pedro de Alcantara and, of course, the trusty old "Healthy Practice for Musicians". Good posture and consciously relaxing muscles that don't NEED to be tensed are of paramount importance. You cannot play legato on the organ when you have unnecessary tension in the limbs. I'm fortunate in having an extremely good physio who is an organist herself and understands our needs so well. A few months ago I injured my hamstring and ended up with bursitis around the ischial bone (very painful). It amused my friends as I haven't played football for 50 years and even then very half-heartedly. I don't know AJJ's age but I'm 65 and at my age any problems like this take far longer to clear up than tey would have done a few years ago. I'm sure I made my hamstring injury worse by delaying going to see my physio and then returning to playing long before I should have done. I believe that on the past cortizone injections were used for tennis elbow but that they are very painful. Malcolm
  5. It's like a lot of party games really. Once you've cottoned on to the very easy way of finding all he right answers from the same source...................................... But I won't spoil your fun! Malcolm
  6. Chorale No 3 in A minor - same organist as before. Malcolm
  7. There's a piece of Reger, just over 9 minutes long, recently posted on YouTube by a certain organist who plays in a cathedral in another part of the world. It's a piece I play also (when in the right mood) and my mind went to that same piece immediately you said Reger. I believe that Justadad is not totally unacquainted with the organist to whom I refer? How about Dankpsalm, in that case? Malcolm
  8. Something by Franck? One of the Chorales? Malcolm
  9. Regardless of their accuracy or otherwise, assumptions can be dangerous! Malcolm
  10. One of the best pieces of advice I was given by a very eminent young(ish) organ teacher, who for some years now has been heavily involved in RCO examining is that we should record ourselves playing. Our voices - singing and speech - sound different to others than they do to us because the physical way we hear our voices is different to that of others listening to us. Likewise, our musical performances which we hear at the moment we are giving them are inevitably subjective, internalised and transitory. Hearing a recording of oneself playing is a salutory but very worthwhile experience. I commented to the person who gave me this advice that my recorded performances sound quite different from what I expected; he laughed and said that he and everyone else finds this as well. I should add that he gives recitals all over the world and has won prizes in international competitions. Another leading organist who advocates regularly recording one's playing (especially practice) is Daniel Moult. By doing this you can hear for yourself whether your playing sounds mannered, unrhythmic, unstylistic, inartistic or what have you. It can be a painful experience but it is a useful experience from which much can be learned in a postive way. A Zoom H2 recorder is more than adequate and can be got from Maplins. If you don't already do this I very strongly recommend that you start doing so, regardless of whether you are working for an exam or a recital. Malcolm
  11. It's one of those pieces, of which there are a number, where I've found it helpful to learn it quite thoroughly - usually three bars at a time, moving forward by one bar at a time - and then put it away for about six months. When resurrected six months later it seems much easier and you can get it to a much higher standard of performance quite quickly. Perhaps that's just how my brain works but I find it helpful. I have to say I find Tu Es Petra easier but then I've been playing for about 40 years now. Malcolm
  12. Martin - I agree with you entirely. Malcolm
  13. It is worth noting that St Magnus the Martyr, where I worship, attracts a sizeable proportion of young people - mainly students and new graduates - some of whom leave and some of whom join each summer as one would expect in an itinerant place like London. The worship is as traditional and old fashioned as you can get. All the congregation gets to sing is Merbecke's creed (unless the choir sings a choral creed, as it sometimes does), the Angelus and two hymns. Tells you something about what intelligent young people really want! Malcolm
  14. PM sent pasing on details of a potential opening for you. Malcolm
  15. A former Rochester organ scholar told me recently that he had been told that Whitlock had a second thumb on his right hand. Does anyone know whether this was correct? (I can't find me copy of the biography) Malcolm
  16. Increasingly I feel that perhaps, just perhaps, if we ignored Mr Carpenter he would go away. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said that there's no such thing as bad publicity. In a way it is all the controversy he generates that make people go to see and hear him, perhaps out of curiosity. I wonder whether people generally are sometimes too ready to criticise the standard of posts on this forum. I belong to another which I very rarely read and it seems that very few people ever post things on it. Although not a member I frequently read the postings on a third organ forum which is seriously bad for my blood pressure both in the topics raised and the utter drivel frequently written in response to them. Personally, I don't think this forum is as bad as some like to make out and, most of the time I enjoy it. The danger (and sometimes advantage) with any on-line communication, whether it be a discussion forum or something like Facebook, is that it can easily become a vehicle for those, for whatever reason, lacking "real" interpersonal skills, nutters and those who like to pretend they have more knowledge, qualifications and expertise than they really have. I don't think that could be said about this particular forum and I for one, am grateful for that and for all that John and Rachel do to keep it going. Malcolm
  17. I also enjoy playing the (first?) Benedictus in E major. There's something very atmoshperic, satisfying and English cathedral about it . I first encountered it, played by Andrew Millington, on an old video I have about the work (and building( of Guildford cathedral made by their Friends, probably about 20 years ago now. Malcolm
  18. The reason Mr Curley didn't choose to live in Yorkshire is obvious; he preferred to live in England. Malcolm
  19. Very good obituary in Church Times today, written by Simon Lindley. Malcolm
  20. There is a brief interview ith Mr Carpenter today on the on-line version of the BBC Music Magazine. Malcolm
  21. Sometimes it occurs to me that possibly - just possibly - our friend Musing Muso frequently writes far more sense, and is far more caring about his fellow humans, than a lot of our colleagues here might give him credit for. Malcolm
  22. Perhaps very slightly too slow and very slightly too much rubato for my personal taste (and I passed FTCL playing this piece) but it is nevertheless a very beautiful and controlled performance that I could very happily listen to over and over again. As you say, so much better than those who prefer to play even Franck as if to a metronome and it's also so much better than those young players, and some very well known established teachers, who seem to be unable to play anything legato and insist on playing everything far too fast. I was interested to watch the relaxation in his hands, fingers and arms that enabled him to get such a nice legato. Very enjoyable indeed; thank you for psoting this link, Vox A. Malcolm
  23. I have spoken to Barry Williams who has made enquiries and confirmed that this very sad and unexpected news is correct. Apparently Carlo died at his home in Melton Mowbray. RIP. The news is also reported on Twitter by Organists' Review. Malcolm
  24. Worrying. Very worrying. At one time I admired his technique (although nothing else about him) but I don't even now admire that. I just find everything about him totally and utterly repulsive at every level. Malcolm
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