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  1. I was looking through the recital portion of the FRCO examination and wondered what the easiest choice of programme might be, considering the rubric. The repertoire list is here: https://www.rco.org.uk/pdfs/ExamRegulations19-20.pdf#page=15. I thought of an all-German programme, of 24.5 minutes, in this order: Mendy 4 (movt 1) Bach BWV662 Hindy 1 (latter part) Seems straightforward enough. What do you think? What programme might be easier whilst still meeting the rubric?
  2. According to the Western Morning News, Thursday 31 March 1932, Margery Moore was 25, putting her year of birthday as 1906 or potentially early 1907. (the 1911 census has the birth of a Margery Moore registered in 1907 in Plymouth, but - interestingly - the place of birth was Birkenhead!) The article mentions an opera she had written on the subject of Drake. Impressively, Margery Moore was LRAM at 17 and Bachelor of Music at 22. There are other organ works to be discovered, such as: https://www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music/products/7036006--margery-moore-english-march-organ and Five Little Organ Studies
  3. Ah yes, but then you might end up with a nice big National Lottery plexiglas plaque attached to the organ (as is the case at St Mary Leatherhead and their 18th century Parker Organ)...
  4. Sadly in unrestored condition - does have a 'pull out' pedalboard though - quite intriguing!!
  5. I often play this one: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=T00222
  6. The number of major and minor keys in the chromatic scale?
  7. This Wiki page gives details - so it is hardly a secret...: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Griffiths_(CEO)
  8. Fee is still the same.. it is £100, for two services...
  9. Spotted on the excellent organists online 'temporary' list. A request for an organist where "FRCO Standard or above preferred". All for the handsome fee of £50 per service! Begs the questions: a] how would one be considered "above FRCO standard" b] are they having a laugh re: requirements vs. fee
  10. I was struck by the following juxtaposition on the Durham Cathedral website, regarding two very different job vacancies. Now we know that, pro-rata, organists are less valued than plumbing and heating engineers. Perhaps there are additional perks available to the organist, but the advert does not make that clear... EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESAssistant Organist Location: Durham Cathedral Hours: 18.75 hours per week Contract: Permanent Salary: £12,372.50 per annum ..... Plumber and Heating Engineer Location: Durham Cathedral Contract: Permanent Hours: 37.5 Salary: circa. £27,000
  11. I was asked to visit and play an 1874 Forster & Andrews house organ recently. When I arrived I was surprised to see that the pedal organ listed on NPOR was not evident. However, it soon became clear that the pedal board pulls out from the casework and can then be played once it is suitably anchored to the floor. Afterwards, it slid back neatly into the case. Quite an ingenious solution when one doesn't want the instrument dominating the room in which it is situated. Is this a common feature of house organs in general? I had never come across it before and it struck me as novel.
  12. Interesting points -- good job the cathedral is, literally, a 'broad church'
  13. Oops, I was thinking of doing the Stonex F# min chant for Psalm 99 (blatantly copying Vol. 6 of Priory's Psalms of David series from Guildford Cathedral).. then again, it modulates so much it avoids the minor mode for much of the time...
  14. Thanks for the advice. I am thinking about Psalms 98-101 inclusive. The changes will be between psalms and not within psalms (if that makes a difference....)
  15. Hello Folks, I have been tasked with choosing the chants for a choir visit to a cathedral during July. Given that multiple psalms will be sung during some evensongs, is it usual practice to choose chants that are harmonically related, or should I not bother particularly? In my current post we only sing one psalm at evensong so I haven't come across this quandary before. Thanks for your wise words. --mrb
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