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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. On 17/04/2020 at 08:10, Colin Pykett said:

    Damian's mention of Sky reminds me that I remarked some while ago on another thread about the organ playing skills of one of its founders, Francis Monkman, who was classically trained.  I hope Francis will not mind me saying that he has also carried out a lot of research into Thuringian organs and their builders and has recorded many CDs on them, some of which he kindly sent me as part of a private dialogue on the subject.  It seems to me a great pity that they do not seem to be widely available, and I took the liberty of telling him so at the time!  The combination of his scholarship and skills as an executant would I'm sure be appreciated widely by members of this forum and beyond.

    One of Francis' CDs (in fact a double CD) is available from Crocodile Music:


    His sleeve notes are fascinating, but especially about the mixtures on the Thuringian organs, which often include the tierce: a reedy sound without reeds.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  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. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 3 hours ago, Matej Kubes said:

    I was wondering if anyone could point me to a place where I can subsribe to/order this book. I have found this email address theorgan@hotmail.co.uk in another thread on Mander Forums. I have not received any reply thus far. Anyone knows if this is the valid email?

    The title is 'The House of Brindley'.
    Musical Opinion Ltd [and The Organ]

    Shirley Hawke  musicalopinion@btinternet.com

    Subscriptions / Accounts

    Tel: +44 (0)1424-855544
    Fax: +44 (0)1424-863686
  12. There was quite a nice rebuild in St Peter's, Rugby, now SS Peter and John, and completed with the Choir from the Holy Trinity F&A (https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=F00073).   I was recently told that the PVC covered cable installed by KD connecting the console to the pipes is still in good working order, in contrast to the vulcanised cables used by Walker.  Apparently two local Walkers (St Matthew and the URC/Presbyterian, neither still extant) suffered badly because the vulcanised insulation broke down and let in the damp, causing short circuits.


  13. In 'An Organ Builder Looks Back', John Budgen tells the story of how H&H released All Saints, Clifton (Bristol) from the contract to build their new organ as the organist wanted a modern tracker instrument.  The replacement for the Harrison destroyed in the Blitz was built by Walker in 1967.  I guess it didn't make 'The Classical Organ in Britain' because it has EP action to the Pedal.



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