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  1. For those looking for a picture of the new organ loft at Canterbury, I was in the cathedral today and took a few pictures to post here until there's something more official available. Steve
  2. Nearly 25 years ago while at university, we sang Bruckner's setting complete with several trombones, for the licensing of a new Dean of Chapel. Good fun, but sadly never had the brass resources to do it since!
  3. St Stephen's Church, Hales Drive, Canterbury, CT2 7AB Tuesday 28th July 2015, 7.30pm David Poulter (Liverpool Cathedral) A superb programme of music by J. S. Bach, English composers Elgar, Walton and Whitlock, Noel Rawsthorne (David’s predecessor at Liverpool) and Pierre Cochereau, one time Organist Titular of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, all carefully chosen to demonstrate the capabilities of our newly rebuilt organ. Tickets £10 (under 18s FREE) Ticket price includes refreshments
  4. The Carols for Choirs 5 version doesn't have the solo pedal reed passage though, but shorter links between the verses. The original arrangement for pianos was by Mack Wilberg. Steve
  5. It's working ok for me: http://www.organstops.org/
  6. I am currently on holiday in Cornwall and was at the service in Truro Cathedral on Sunday afternoon (and morning too as it happens); very good combination of music and readings, and the Crown Imperial was very good. Only slight disappointment was the lack of reeds used in Greater Love, but as I don't know the organ they may have obliterated the choir, had they been used! However, as I and most of the choir were away, back home they had a quiet said service on Sunday evening with no music at all. Steve
  7. Sadly I don't have a local music shop that stocks this sort of publication, so before I buy online, would you say the quality of the compositions was superior to those published by other publishers, particularly those, say, who are based in the Suffolk area...? Incidentally, when I was last in London and browsing through the music in one shop, I picked up a book published by said Suffolk based publishers that had been rescanned and published from a copy full of an organist's pencil markings!
  8. I'd be interested to see a photograph of your LED set up, AJJ, if that's possible?
  9. That was a trip down memory lane! I had that recording on cassette tape when I was a youngster back in the 80s - at the time having no idea that I'd end up living in Canterbury and regularly taking my church choir (St Stephen's, to the north-east of the city) to sing services there. Thanks for posting! Steve
  10. Not by any means an exhaustive analysis, but bars 1-9 are based on the opening melody of the verse 'Lord the light of your love...', bars 9-17 the end of the verse, with the 'shine on me' being bars 14-17. Then the refrain is hidden in the quavers of the right hand 18 onwards. These themes are then repeated, developed etc through the rest of the piece. Steve
  11. I ordered mine from the RSCM online shop on Monday evening and it arrived today. Now I just need to finish these Year 9 reports so that I can have a play through! Steve
  12. In the UK, if you produce a commercial CD which contains copyright items then you need a licence from the MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Sceme) - a branch of the same people that collect royalties for public performances, broadcasting, playing music in shops etc. It seems a payment of 8.5% of dealer price or 6.5% of retail price should cover you... see here for more info: http://www.prsformusic.com/users/recordedmedia/cdsandvinyl/Pages/AP1AP2.aspx It is then the job of the MCPS to pass payment onto copyright holders. I have no idea how such things work in the USA though - perhaps there is a similar organisation? Steve
  13. I had a recording of my Church Choir singing Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine flagged as a breach of copyright - I appealed, explaining that Fauré was long gone and that the recording was my own of my church choir and they took down the notice. I was quite flattered that someone might have thought that it was a professional recording. Perhaps on a slightly similar note, I've been a little frustrated at cathedrals who ask for a recent recording of the choir singing a service when applying to do a visit, but who won't allow visiting choirs to record when they visit. Would the cathedrals be in breach of any copyright or performing rights if I posted my choir singing there, or would it actually rest with me and the choir? are the cathedrals being over cautious?
  14. I have a simple desk lamp over the top of my music stand at home, but it doesn't have a switch on the lamp unit, so what I have used which has proved very useful is one of those plugs intended for computers, that switch off all your printers etc when you shut down the main computer. I've plugged my lamp into this which is activated by turning the organ on or off - saves crawling around on the floor to find the plug every time! You can pick them up from electrical stores. Steve
  15. This morning we kept to Trinity Sunday, although I did play a bit of the Water Music in honour of a previous flotilla. This evening we had a Deanery Evensong, with Parry 'I was glad', 'Zadok the Priest' and the Accession Day responses from BCP. I didn't have time to learn anything like Orb and Sceptre, but I did use the Intrada by Grayston Ives written for the Queen's Silver Jubilee service and published by Banks in their modern organ music book. Steve
  16. That's a shame to hear, as the welcome the Cathedral gave to me and my choir when we were singing there the weekend after Easter was the complete opposite - most warm and grateful for our contribution. Such a shame one or two members of a congregation can give this impression, but I think it's probably fair to say there are people like this in most congregations up and down the country undoing the work of many clergy and the majority of those attending.
  17. It took me a while to find it... look for "view new content" (or something like that) top right under the Mander Organ banner on the first page. Steve
  18. Unfortunately I have to go and teach A Level Music now, but briefly, as part of my Masters Dissertation a few years ago I researched the Canterbury District Choral Union which held its first combined choirs festival in 1862 (150 years ago next year - the RSCM Area Festival will be acknowledging this). This link will take you to a map showing all the church choirs who attended in 1870 which gives a bit of an idea as to how the Church Choir had become established in East Kent - some of you might find it interesting. My own choir (St Stephen's Canterbury) didn't attend and the first acknowledgement of there being a choir at St Stephen's is in the 1880s when there is an entry in the Churchwarden's accounts for copying of music for the choir (as well as for the purchase of wine for the sacrament). We still have weekly Eucharist and Choral Evensong with a choir of over 40
  19. I seem to remember someone saying to me once that the BBC don't mic up the organ. I've never been to a 'real' last night, but take a school trip to the Schools Proms each November which includes the Elgar P & C and the organ always sounds (and feels) very impressive; there was one year where, on the encore, the organist played pretty much on full organ - the poor orchestra looked like they were playing but I couldn't hear a thing over the organ! Steve - procrastinating from lesson planning... ofsted cometh before the week's out!
  20. I visited this house earlier in the year and the steward was very keen for me to play it when she saw me take an interest - don't be afraid to ask if you visit as they seem to like it being used! Steve
  21. I too would be interested in hearing people's response to this as we're looking at replacing our choir stalls, perhaps with something a bit more movable so that we can use them in different formations or places in the church. However, we'll need to come up with something that is suitable for both adults and children to sit in the front rows as who sits where can change service by service! Are they going to have them custom made or something more 'off the peg'? (You haven't been asked by a member of my PCC have you?! ) Steve
  22. What works for me, and seems to work with the choirs and congregations I work with, is to leave two beats between verses in a hymn that is in 4/4 (or 2/4 I guess, but I can't think of many of those!). With hymns in 3/4 I make the last chord 4 beats (I complete bar plus beat one of the next) and then leave two beats rest so that the next verse begins on the down beat (assuming that's where it's meant to be, for example in Blaenwern); a whole bar of 3 beats rest seems to long for me, but I remember seeing a TV broadcast from St Georges Chapel Windsor (It could have been the wedding of Prince Edward?) where they seemed to have HUGE gaps between verses of hymns - four beats I think in the 4/4 hymns - I guess local customs prevail in some places! Steve
  23. Depends how brave you're feeling, but the bass should be played with the pedals then you'll have plenty of fingers free to play the other parts, otherwise you'll have to miss one of the middle parts, trying where possible to make sure that you're playing the essential notes of the chords, and not open 5ths! Last Saturday I played three hours of a local church's 24 hour hymn sing - they sang the complete Common Praise. I was playing the from about 470-530... quite a few hymns there that I hadn't come across having been brought up with the New English Hymnal. If you're after the favourites then either Common Praise or New English Hymnal would be fine - although you might pick up a cheap copy of Ancient and Modern New Standard now that it's been replaced; Where they differ, I prefer the NEH harmonies, but I think that's probably just down to my own upbringing! Personally I think that playing hymns properly is one of the most important things that an organist can learn how to do, and should be done very early on, so not unwise at all in my opinion! Steve
  24. I've noticed on here the mention of roofs on organ cases either being added, removed, or altered, and I was wondering what the arguments are for and against? Is the job of the roof to help project the sound out of the front of the instrument rather than up into the ceiling space? Most organs I've come across don't have roofs, but I've noticed that a lot of newer (smaller) instruments appear to have, at least from the pictures I've seen. I'd be interested to read people's thoughts and experience on this. Thanks, Steve
  25. This is very true of so many areas... the original quote from the website said that they were "trying to raise £4,500..." - that implies to me that it won't be easy - and this is just a tiny percentage of what it would cost to restore the pipe organ - perhaps an impossible financial task in the current climate? Having said that, I wouldn't agree with everything that they want to spend the money on - what's the point in having digital reverb on an organ in a church when the singing that it's accompanying has no natural reverb? Steve
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