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  1. Thanks for the replies folks. I have the Rollin Smith books but I'd just rather have an edition that incorporates all the corrections instead of having to work through myself making them...
  2. What's the latest thinking on this? I know there are various editions, some portrait, some landscape, some are reprints of old editions, some have engraving mistakes and some have been heavily edited by various big hitter organists of the "Franck tradition". If one was to buy the definitive edition for these masterworks today, which one should it be?
  3. An alternative might be USB-charged strip lights. If you have a socket near the console these could be easily charged and swapped in and out as necessary if you kept a couple of spares nearby.
  4. Not a lot of money in cathedral music making, is there? At least accommodation is provided (tax free) which I guess must be the equivalent of another 20K gross on the base, approximately.
  5. Choirs are allowed to sing in church with appropriate social distancing etc. so I'm guessing for some parishes it won't be too different to normal, other than the congregation not attempting to join in with the Willcocks' descants of course.
  6. I'm not so sure about this. The organ version was nicely played (was it GTB's arrangement we used to have in AMR?) but it was all very one dimensional compared to the colour and verve of the Elgar. The Wallen 'realisation' only sprang to life for me in verse 2 when the Elgar elements were clearly evident in the overall texture.
  7. It's a strange thing. I was organist and choirmaster for 15 years at a church with a decent choir. After I left, I found it hard to "let go" and found that I was almost as busy freelancing for the next three years as I had been before (much to my wife's chagrin). Sunday mornings particularly were times of disquiet if I didn't have a gig. Somehow I felt incomplete. If a major festival fell and I didn't have a booking somewhere decent to play, I felt bereft. I had similar feelings on March 20th and for weeks afterwards. However now, I don't miss it at all. There's no craving anymore on a Sunday
  8. ... organ for sale on ebay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CHURCH-PIPE-ORGAN-MAJOR-RESTORATION-MAY-SWAP-4-YACHT-AS-MY-HOUSE-IS-NOW-FOR-SALE/264514069535?hash=item3d9644641f:g:yUgAAOSwCW9dLCbc
  9. Ah. It's in the OUP Vaughan Williams Organ Album. I must get a copy of that too...!
  10. My copy arrived today so fantastic service from Banks Music Publications! Thanks to Martin for sharing the details of this arrangement which is very nice indeed. It always struck me that RVW's Prelude to the 49th Parallel (part of his film score) would work nicely as an organ arrangement. Has anyone come across one? I think I chanced upon a copy of the conductor's short score many moons ago and it was laid out on three staves, so a transcription would be fairly straightforward.
  11. I too would be interested in knowing about the availability of these arrangements. Thanks!
  12. Yeah it crops up in the Toccata of the Plymouth Suite, but I've seen it elsewhere in Whitlock's oeuvre.
  13. I've noticed the term "fix swell" in a number of Whitlock's organ works. I don't think I've seen this phrase anywhere else. What does it mean? Is it something that relates specifically to Whitlock's love of Compton organs?
  14. 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?
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