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Barry Oakley

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    The work of John Compton and the art of scaling and voicing.

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  1. Doubtful. Several years ago I contacted the late Alistair Rushworth whose company had acquired the John Compton pipe organ business. I was horrified to learn from him that apparently all the Compton records had been discarded. I guess this also included drawings
  2. Minimise the amount of Bach; Give Percy Whitlock a very prolonged airing and add some Lefebure-Wely and some toe-tapping stuff that does not sound like Blackpool Ballroom.
  3. If only these contracts had been awarded to reputable British organ builders.
  4. Simply that news of the monks leaving en-masse from Downside has given rise to speculation about the wonderful Compton in the abbey church.
  5. I think in reality the true picture now is: F H Brown Incorporating Mander Organs
  6. Not often you see reference to Raymond Sunderland, but he and my late friend and former Hull City Organist, Peter Goodman, were great friends. I have a disc or two of Raymond Sunderland playing the organ at Bridlington Priory. A fine organist! I sang there as a boy chorister with the choir of Holy Trinity (now Hull Minster) shortly after Compton’s had rebuilt it in 1949. It was then a three-manual. My then master of choristers, Norman Strafford, predecessor of Peter Goodman, was consultant for the Compton rebuild. Some years ago, when Nicholson’s were finishing their organ at Southwe
  7. Agreed. Sadly the probability of this forum not having long to run is potentially high.
  8. A wonderful piece of inspiration on John's part.
  9. So am I, but I have also registered with the recently launched "Organ Forum" as mentioned in Martin's last posting.
  10. Martin, you fully understand my point. And, yes, have a section on digital organs, providing it does not become a blatant advertising platform for manufacturers of some of the so-called digital organs.
  11. I, like many others, have been wondering when this forum will (may) be no more. I can perhaps understand the Mander policy of keeping it pipe only, but times are moving on and reputable pipe organ builders the world over are acknowledging that digitally produced sound can prove to be a saviour where space is at a premium and a hybrid organ is the best practical solution. (I sometimes wonder how many organ builders kicked up a stink when the diaphone appeared on the scene?} Steve's offer is most generous. The only addition I would make would be the facility to register approval of a posti
  12. Me thinks the Dean has gilded the lily more than too much.
  13. I hope the Dean and Chapter were listening to this morning's BBC "Sunday" and listened particularly to the words of Bishop Michael Currie, leader of the American Episcopal Church who, whilst not referring to Sheffield, mentioned certain unsavoury things happening in the USA. He quoted, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you."
  14. Local newspaper, The Star, Sheffield, reports disbanding of choir together with ambiguous statement by the cathedral's dean.
  15. I'm wondering what the outcome will be following today's statement from Sheffield Cathedral regarding music? https://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/news/2020/7/21/sheffield-cathedral-choir?fbclid=IwAR3btguaIx2pZ0TvaJq4D6CX0meRyRmQA_YGhRDA9lBiEpL82anpg1QSONo
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