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  1. One of the many good things about LEDs is that they are directional. If you rotate the LED tube so that the emitters are facing the music, you may not need a shade.
  2. I run the website for my old car club. Three years ago our ISP arranged for a 'third party' (I don't know who and didn't ask, but believe they were based in India) to migrate the club forum from Snitz to the Simple Machines platform. The ISP supervised the process and it was done very successfully at a cost that just clipped four figures plus VAT. All the previous content survived with the exception of a few posts that were made during the transition. We looked at Invision but rejected it because of the subscription charge. The reason for the change was that Snitz did not have the facility
  3. Simon Brown set up his own company a while ago: http://www.arkvoicing.com/
  4. Wolsey's post here shows the last instrument they built, in 2018: There are more photos of it on their Facebook page which is still live.
  5. There's an annual organ concert/recital at Aylesbury Methodist Church, always by a big name (or names - last year it was the Scott Brothers) which regularly attracts an audience of 200+. I organised a composite recital titled "Four Local Organists" (including me) last year to raise funds for a top clean of our Porritt and we got a very appreciative audience of nearly 60 - pretty good for a country church. A comment afterwards from a non-church goer and non-organist was how nice it was not to hear "just hymns". To return to the original subject of this thread, it's good to know the two
  6. David Hales passed away last week. An old friend from Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, he was organ scholar at University College, Durham 1977 -78. After graduating he furthered his studies at the Guildhall before settling in Cairo and making a successful career at the Conservatoire and Opera Company. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/33/370194/Arts--Culture/Music/Egyptbased-British-pianist-and-vocal-coach-David-H.aspx
  7. One of Francis' CDs (in fact a double CD) is available from Crocodile Music: https://www.crocodilemusic.com/cd/36/ His sleeve notes are fascinating, but especially about the mixtures on the Thuringian organs, which often include the tierce: a reedy sound without reeds.
  8. A few years ago I had a go on the Skrabl practice organ then in a house adjacent to Saffron Walden parish church and it was very nice to play - comfortable and with a beautiful touch. I believe it is now in the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook.
  9. I hope that instrument remains in good voice - it was rather good when I knew it in the 1970s. The Bucks OA will be visiting Linslade and Leighton Buzzard parish churches in the afternoon. There is a plan to have ''open console' at Stony Stratford parish church in the morning.
  10. If you type out an order form, take a photo of it and attach it to a forum post as a JPG, we could print it out and post it to you with a cheque. No middle men involved!
  11. Buxtehude: In Dulci Jubilo (BuxWV 197), Puer Natus in Bethlehem (BuxWV 217) and Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland (BuxWV 211) are three of my favourites.
  12. I've recently found a copy of 'Three Pieces' second hand. There's a performance of 'Festival' on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbsmbI2V6Dw Does anyone recall an LP recording, probably from the late 1960s, on a British organ? I suspect it may have been Exeter Cathedral but my memory may be playing tricks.
  13. Newcastle City Hall apparently has a full length 32' Open Wood. In his monograph on the H&H in All Saints, Maidenhead, Relf Clark comments on transport arrangements for the organs, all quite a logistical exercise.
  14. I was roped into playing for the Whitchurch and Hardwick carol service for the first time this year so played the 'Short Eight' g minor prelude - something fairly bomb proof that worked on the Hardwick one manual. With the luxury of two manuals, Buxtehude 'Puer Natus in Bethlehem' after Midnight Mass (thunder out the last verse of 'O Come', then rock the baby to sleep) and Buxtehude 'In Dulci Jubilo' on Christmas morning. .
  15. I will always be grateful to David for pointing me (via a Forum post) to the Musescore software, which has been invaluable in letting me produce playable versions of 'guitar hymns' and more recently a couple of scores for the village choir.
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