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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Interesting points -- good job the cathedral is, literally, a 'broad church'
  4. 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...
  5. 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....)
  6. 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
  7. Come, O Creator Spirit by T. Tertius Noble is a very decent unaccompanied anthem for Whitsun...
  8. Thanks all who were able to answer the question that was posed.
  9. Dear wise ones, I was playing Ireland Jubilate in F yesterday and was struck by the metronome markings. The Jubilate itself is minim = 72 and marked Allegro. The Gloria is minim = 88 and marked Maestoso. Recordings I have heard take the Gloria slower than the Jubilate, so what is going on? Is the minim = 88 a misprint in the Novello edition? Hope you can help... Many thanks !
  10. Church website says it is Goetze and Gwynn, but nothing on that builder's website, strangely...
  11. If you need a specialist blower man, then James at the Duplex Pipe Organ Blower Company (not too far from you I guess) was very helpful when I used him last...
  12. Thanks for all the great info, guys. It really is a pretty thing, isn't it?
  13. At the end of JKR's episode, she was standing in a nice church in Brumath in Alsace-Lorraine which seemed to boast a very pretty organ with a Ruckpositiv. I wondered if anyone could shed some light on the builder and specification?
  14. May I recommend a hydration backpack, so beloved of runners, cyclists and long-distance walkers, as a means to solve this issue. Mine takes a capacious 3L of fluid and the insulated lining means that 6 pints of bitter are kept at the optimum temperature throughout the service. Of course one does get funny looks departing the vestry with said pack hidden beneath the cassock. The temptation to limp, Quasimodo-like, is strong. However, as the service progresses and the fluid is consumed, one's appearance quickly returns to normal.
  15. Apologies for being off topic on an organ forum, but board members' advice on the subject of choir stall design would be welcome. A new set of stalls is being designed at a local church and I have been asked to contribute ideas around the design. Whilst I have a few thoughts of my own, I would appreciate any ideas around ergonomics and lighting especially. Should the back rows be taller than the front, for example? Thoughts would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance!
  16. Fairly par for the course. Over the years I have performed that fairly often for weddings (actually "The Throne Room" is a better movement, in my opinion) and quite a lot of John Williams stuff (Raiders, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park...). One memorable ceremony concluded with "Highway to Hell" interpolated with "Another one bites the dust". Another bridegroom insisted on the opening material of "Jaws" as the bride arrived at the South Door. In my youth I had the fun of playing for the wedding of a fairly well-known "name" in the 80s music scene. For all his stylised demeanour (white powdered face, sneakers...) the choice of music was fairly traditional, save for "Tara's theme" from "Gone with the wind". He who pays the piper.. etc..
  17. It certainly is if paired with the dreadful harmony offered by the Mayhew hymn books. However, I find Dr. Erik Routley's harmony in NEH to be pretty sublime and it helps lift the tune a number of notches.. That is a talent shared with RVW who could breathe new life into a saggy old tune through the provision of both skill and art.
  18. The Tickell at St. Barnabas, Dulwich has flamed copper pipes if I recall from my dim and distant ARCO days...
  19. Chandos Records have the complete symphonies and more besides... I first bought these in the early 1990s, but they still sound super...
  20. It was a little bit disappointing IMHO. I suppose I was expecting a TV version of Prof. Dibble's excellent book but what we got was a lot of HRH wandering about saying "marvellous" at everything and a fairly random pick of works. There was little chronological order to it. HRH went on about the symphonies, but all we got were snippets of No. 5 -- Where were the rest? No organ music either, which was a pity. Strange that Shulbrede was featured so heavily, even though Parry never actually lived there. I appreciate the lady living there might be Parry's last living descendent or something, and their collection of Parrybilia is unparalleled but even so. In short, a missed opportunity I thought and certainly not on the same level as the recent RVW and Elgar documentaries produced by the BBC.
  21. Quite right. You only have to hear Parry's "straight" orchestration to appreciate the skill (and thrill) of the Elgar orchestration.
  22. He is a shrewd guy, so I guess it will be eminently approachable for many choirs, for obvious reasons.
  23. Nice to see some Percy before the ceremony. Shame about Love Divine !....
  24. Blatant ageism in the article, viz:
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