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Barry Oakley

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  1. When Compton rebuilt and enlarged the original Forster & Andrews organ in Hull City Hall (1951), the former tubular pneumatic console was scrapped and a new Compton detached console built. In turn, when the organ was in the care of Rushworth & Dreaper, the detached console was adapted and made a fixture that now sits almost directly under the organ case. The former Compton console could be sited near to the front of the stage for recitals and so give better contact between recitalist and audience.
  2. Compton certainly provided them on his larger instruments - Hull Minster.
  3. "Twang and Bang" is simply drum kit and over-amplified electric guitars. Good to hear, Stephen, that your Mass setting does not use the above.
  4. Over a decade ago I was in Prague during the Christmas period. There was an organ recital I attended in one of the city's churches and it was packed with people. Yet the place was icy cold, breath was visible and the recitalist played in his overcoat and bobble hat. He was warmly applauded after every piece. Is there much "twang and bang" used in French churches?
  5. My late friend and former City Organist at Hull, Peter Goodman, always said he would rather play a good digital organ than a poor pipe organ. And that was before the arrival of Hauptwerk and the Walker Technology digital organ that David Briggs and Ray Nagem have been playing at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York whilst the Aeolian Skinner pipe organ there is being restored.
  6. Of course, Ian Tracey has had a long relationship with Makin and could well be on some form of retainer with them. What better place than the cavernous environment of Liverpool Cathedral to hear an organ, pipeless or not. I wonder if the cathedral is deriving any income from the presence of so many toasters?
  7. I cannot resist also mentioning the 32ft Sub-Bass, a polyphone, in the presently sadly silent Forster & Andrews/John Compton organ of Hull Minster.
  8. For what it's worth, my view of Rudston is that too much has been crammed into the chamber (case). The result of whims?
  9. I’m not sure which of the BBC Compton organs it was, but my late friend Peter Goodman, former City Organist at Hull, was, as a boy, the youngest organist ever to have played one of them when he featured on Children’s’ Hour along with the legendary Uncle Mac.
  10. Time flies so fast these days and I think it’s been silent for around three years, perhaps more. Although some running repairs were done to keep it playable – slider solenoids fitted, some bellows repaired, the Solo box engine re-leathered, the transmission system became highly unreliable and the inevitable resulted. I was horrified to learn that both cases were not sheeted during the laying of a complete new floor, adding further to the 80-plus years of accumulated dirt. And during this process I understand a major transmission cable was damaged. Internally it’s not a pretty sight. Meanwhile, a 3-manual Viscount toaster, previously used during the rebuild of Selby Abbey’s organ is acting as a substitute.
  11. And I don’t want the organ world and trust fund managers to forget the magnificent Forster & Andrews/John Compton organ in cathedral-sized Hull Minster, reputed to be the UK’s largest parish church organ that has lain silent for far too long. It’s known what the cost will be from quotations received, but Hull, unlike many cathedral cities, is not a place where money is in abundance.
  12. Why am I unable to see this forum page in its normal format. Are others experiencing the same.
  13. To what destinations does this monstrosity fly?
  14. It's one of my favourite recordings, too. Andrew Lucas is a fine organist. Many decades ago I had an LP of this work played by a former organist at Beverley Minster, David Ingate. It sounded equally spectacular.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. If only these contracts had been awarded to reputable British organ builders.
  18. Simply that news of the monks leaving en-masse from Downside has given rise to speculation about the wonderful Compton in the abbey church.
  19. I think in reality the true picture now is: F H Brown Incorporating Mander Organs
  20. 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 Southwell Minster, I met his son-in-law, Dennis Thurlow, who was supervising some final voicing. We chatted for some time about RS.
  21. Agreed. Sadly the probability of this forum not having long to run is potentially high.
  22. A wonderful piece of inspiration on John's part.
  23. So am I, but I have also registered with the recently launched "Organ Forum" as mentioned in Martin's last posting.
  24. 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.
  25. 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 posting by a simple tick.
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