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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. .
  8. 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.
  9. The 80% / 20% split comes from Ian Bell's articles in some old programmes (June 2004 and October 2006) where he wrote that H&H added 2000 additional pipes. I wonder if his book on he instrument, mentioned in the OR article, will see the light of day?
  10. Perhaps we shouldn't be too hard on Radio 3 describing it as a 'Father Willis' instrument if that is now the line the RAH is taking, however inaccurate it may be. From what has been written, about 80% of the pipes and the case are Father Willis; the sound picture, the console and about 20% of the pipes are Harrison; and the mechanism, one stop and some tonal tweaks are Mander. The programme for the the 2018 organ concert was titled 'Grand Organ Celebration' and describing it as a 'Grand Organ' could hardly be more accurate. I've dug out Ian Bell's article in the November 2004 'Organists' Review' and there's an interesting paragraph which mentions that HWIII was very keen to get the contract.
  11. I've posted this in another thread, but to reiterate, the RAH website makes no mention of the H&H rebuild on its organ page and refers to the "Henry Willis" organ with its 9999 pipes: https://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/our-history/explore-our-history/building/henry-willis-organ/
  12. Curiously the RAH website carries no mention of the H&H rebuild and also quotes 9999 pipes: https://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/our-history/explore-our-history/building/henry-willis-organ/
  13. I was recently able to have a quick blast at Derby Cathedral, the first time I've seen let alone played a 'luminous console', and it was very comfortable and well planned. But a number of the lamps had failed and replacements are apparently very difficult to source, so LEDs are surely a sensible update.
  14. In 'Baroque Tricks' (Ch. 6), Ralph Downes recounts that the instrument was refurbished by Fritz Abend (the original voicer) in 1949 - 50 and the Sesquialtera added. The pipes were made by H&H and voiced by Abend. NPOR shows the work as 1950 and presumably the Sesquialtera was later either changed or just re-named to the Tertian. https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N12713
  15. S&B run a very efficient 'reprint to order' service for out of print items. Email them at: https://stainer.co.uk/category/archives/
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