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  1. There are a couple of photos and a description in Elvin's 'The Harrison Story'.
  2. As the holidays have started, we had a small congregation on Sunday who distanced themselves, cast off their masks and sung their hearts out. I have long been sceptical about the benefits of mask wearing. It often seems that you can tell when big fibs are told because the argument changes over time - first we were told (correctly) that they make little difference, then we were told that they were worth wearing, then we were told they only work if everyone wears them so everyone had to, and then we were told we wear them to protect others. The science is well summarised here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/07/17/cloth-face-masks-comfort-blankets-do-little-curb-covid-spread/ They will catch the big bits from coughs and sneezes, but if you are coughing and sneezing, stay home.
  3. RIP. The story of his work revitalising JW Walker deserves to be told in full.
  4. Thanks - I'll look out for it.
  5. I had a look at the YouTube recording of the meeting yesterday but the sound level was so low the speech was inaudible. Is it a problem with my system?
  6. Thanks - that's a good starting point if needed. It will be interesting to see if any timely guidance is issued, other than for churches to make their own decisions in the light of local circumstances.
  7. After Monday's announcement, are there any opinions as to whether a risk assessment is necessary or advisable before restarting congregational singing, and if so, is anyone aware of a template that is available?
  8. In Wales, Emma Gibbins is at Newport: https://www.newportcathedral.org.uk/whos-who-2021/
  9. Paul Hale wrote an interesting article on Hunter in the March 2019 Organists' Review - he might be worth contacting: https://paulhale.org/
  10. An interesting and informative stream - thanks to all those involved.
  11. Having signed the petition I received the government's reply. It notes that "that singing can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission through the spread of aerosol droplets." It then goes on to say "the limits do not apply to activity taking place for work or commercial activity." In other words you can take the risk of spreading COVID if you are doing it for money but not if you are doing it for pleasure. That is about as bizarre as it gets.
  12. There's a picture in today's Telegraph of the instrument and a quick search showed this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57329950 Very good news and I hope the fundraising goes well.
  13. Thanks - clearly an outstandingly successful transplant.
  14. If my counting is correct, there are 16 R.L. responses in 'New Psalms for Common Worship' compiled by Colin Mawby.
  15. Signed. It's been "interesting" to see the crowds at recent football matches singing heartily.
  16. I well remember his fine performances and those of the Durham Cathedral choir when I was an undergraduate. RIP.
  17. H&H have noted that the recent restoration included removing felt from inside the resonators of the Great reeds.
  18. The VSCC has confirmed I can post a scan here, provided that the source is acknowledged (VSCC Bulletin, Summer 1991) and that it's noted that the material remains VSCC copyright and should not be otherwise used or distributed without permission. Unfortunately the file size at good resolution is just over 20 MB so way too big to attach. If you would like a copy please email me : bryan dot mo at btinternet dot com (dot = . and at = @ to put off the spam robots). Back issues are likely to still be available at £3 + postage but the library is closed at present. This is the cover, captioned "Prescott May 1950. Sam Clutton takes a firm grasp (Guy Griffiths)". The car is his 1908 GP Itala.
  19. There were several articles on Clutton published in the Summer 1991 Bulletin of the Vintage Sports Car Club, including the address by Lord Palumbo at his memorial service in St Paul's, covering his extensive interests outside and inside the world of music. It's well worth reading for those who would like more information on his life.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 to host photos but SM does, and it works well. Simple Machines claims to have a 'converter' that will do the migration process from Invision but no doubt like all these things, it is not for beginners. I don't know any details about the process.
  22. Simon Brown set up his own company a while ago: http://www.arkvoicing.com/
  23. 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.
  24. 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 BBC Comptons are maintained and in regular use, but it would be great to hear a broadcast of them in solo use.
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