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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?
  15. 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
  16. 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)...
  17. Sadly in unrestored condition - does have a 'pull out' pedalboard though - quite intriguing!!
  18. I often play this one: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=T00222
  19. The number of major and minor keys in the chromatic scale?
  20. This Wiki page gives details - so it is hardly a secret...: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Griffiths_(CEO)
  21. Fee is still the same.. it is £100, for two services...
  22. 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
  23. 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 Co
  24. 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.
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