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  1. Porritt left a spare slide on the Swell at Whitchurch in 1880. It may have been intended for a 4' flute or similar. It was filled by Robin Rance in 1990 with a 2 rank mixture (19, 22 breaking to 12,15 at c37). It took 110 years but the mixture 'makes' the instrument. The overhaul was done on the advice of Charles Padgham (author of 'The Well Tempered Organ') who lived in Church Headland Lane, and saved it from being binned and replaced by an electronic. His former house organ with its glued paper bass pipes remains in use at Dunton.
  2. Something reminded me of an article and after some rummaging I found it: JBIOS 18, by James Berrow. An account of the Whinfields (with an 'h' !) and the organ at The Wyche - this is the Malvern instrument noted above by David.
  3. Very interesting re the Winfield connection - I had heard of him but not realised I had played one of his instruments. I wonder what the Hewins spec was? Everyone found the pistons very intriguing, once we had realised what they were. The first player came back from the console and confidently stated that there were no pistons!
  4. The Bucks OA visited this one a few years ago: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D01532 The action to the manuals was rather slow and the pedals slightly slower than the manuals. The pistons rose vertically from the back of the manuals so were pressed down to activate. The octave couplers were essential to get any brightness - I've a feeling there was a Swell Octave to Great, not mentioned on NPOR. Quite a contrast to the Parish Church and the Guild Chapel!
  5. It's now in Abergavenny Priory - I played it last year and it is a remarkable little instrument with real 'presence' in the building, in a very helpful acoustic. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=V00348
  6. I understood that the conversion of Malvern to EP was because no builders would take the commercial risk of restoring the pneumatics - it was so congested inside that if anything went wrong, it would all have to come apart again to fix. An example locally is the tonally rather nice but internally very congested Binns in Great Missenden parish church. The pneumatics were restored in 2006 but problems started soon afterwards, apparently revolving around failures and leaks in the action tubing. It was converted to EP a couple of years ago. It's in a north east chancel case and there is a small window in the otherwise solid west wall of the chamber, previously blocked by wooden pedal pipes. In 2006 they were Haskelled and the window opened up - the difference in the amount of sound reaching the nave was remarkable. Robin Jennings' article in the current issue of 'Organ Building' on his new organ at Wolvercote is most interesting. By 'restricting the cost of the action' (i.e., going for a completely mechanical action) they were able to increase the spec by a couple of stops and hopefully increase its longevity. I would certainly be very happy to trade pistons on a 16 stop 2 manual for long term reliability, especially with adjustable composition pedals, with a bonus of extra stops and the pleasure of a modern mechanical action.
  7. Friday, 22 September, 7.15 for 7.45pm at St John the Evangelist, Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire HP22 4JZ: Timothy Byram-Wigfield plays a programme to include Handel, Bach, Guilmant, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Walton and Vierne on the 1880 Porritt and will talk about his experiences at St George's Chapel, Windsor and elsewhere. Tickets £12 on the door or £10 in advance from Parrott's Farm Shop, Beechmoor Farm (HP22 4LG).
  8. Buckingham Parish Church on Saturday 24 June at 7.30pm: Milton Keynes Chorale presents a Durufle Feast, including the Requiem, Quatre Motets, Organ Suite Op. 5 and Solo Items. Conductor: Victoria Ely, Organist Douglas Tang, Mezzo Soprano Hannah Poulson, Baritone Ben Tomlin. Tickets £15 Adults, £5 under 18s and students.
  9. I played S, JS for the first time earlier this year - not one of my favourites but even the oldies (I.e., older than me!) in the congregation seem to like it, What did surprise me was the way it's laid out in the alleged 'Organ Edition' of the new A&M with a page turn between the verse and refrain. I reset it with Musescore and it fits very nicely on one side of A4.
  10. The Swell Lieblich Bourdon (TC) on our Porritt is a very good stop. It adds just the right amount of depth to full organ, it's a lovely flute played an octave up and can also be used an octave up with the Vox Angelica either as a soft solo (very useful if the Oboe is out of tune!) or soft chorus. Perhaps it looks odd on paper but it works really well.
  11. An article that could have been included in the BIOS Journal on the RFH organ was a look at the tender proposals. Reading between the lines in 'Baroque Tricks', they were from Harrison, Willis and Walker. Another interesting one would be a compare and contrast (musical and technical) between the RFH and Colston Hall instruments, from someone who knows both.
  12. It's on the H&H website today under Projects and Plans -> Forthcoming. There are photos of the restored ex-Manchester console on the Selby website: http://www.selbyabbeyorganappeal.org.uk/restoration.html
  13. This is an interesting example, which sounds a lot better in the church than at the console: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N09233
  14. I understand It's the organ formerly in Hucknall Parish Church and then Sedburgh School - apparently the church is highly delighted with the result.
  15. Sure - I took it during one of the post-restoration events. PM me if you want the full res version and I'll email it to you.
  16. Still in place at the RFH console....... I was told that when the pipes were cleaned in the recent restoration, a layer of brown varnish was removed - years of nicotine deposits (from smoking in the auditorium!).
  17. There's a little bit in the last post on this page: http://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/3973-electronic-substitute-in-a-cathedral/page-3
  18. The RCO is running a survey for what organists want: https://www.rco.org.uk/news_displaystory.php?newsid=232
  19. Not quite a recital, but I remember this being broadcast. It was long before the wide availability of video recorders........ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/adfb3b84beed401b898dc87a2e67dee9 I had not seen the BBC Genome pages before - a very good resource.
  20. Newcastle Cathedral is using a Phoenix: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/whats-on/st-nicholas-cathedrals-lunchtime-recital-series-p761261 I can't see mention of this on the Forum, but apologies in advance if it has already been covered.
  21. Great pictures! What a beautifully decorated console. You're almost there with the posting: you just need to leave the first at the start of the link as well as the at the end (for some reason my capitals in IMG are changing to lower case). I've taken the liberty of putting one here as a demo.....
  22. For posting photos (here as in some other Forums) I use photobucket: 1. Open a free account at photobucket.com 2. Upload your photo - you may need to resize it first. 800 x 600 is a good size ("Document Small" in some descriptions). 3. Open the photo in your photobucket library and on the right are 4 links. Click on the bottom one (IMG) and it will flash Copied 4. Paste the link into your Forum post where you want the photo to appear 5. You don't have to do the next step but if you don't the link as well as the photo will appear. If you do this you only get the photo: edit the link to delete the part that is before and after the tags, so the link starts and ends with Hope this helps and looking forward to seeing the photos!
  23. innate makes the good point that "a four-manual and pedal instrument (is) essentially 5 relatively small organs operated from one console", but how many large "mechanical action" organs are really like this? A lot seem to have sections on electric or EP action, pneumatic assistance for some basses, electric couplers et al. In the Nov/Dec Choir and Organ, there's piece on the new instrument at Maynooth with a high tech electro-optical coupler system. The reaction (for example, at Llandaff, Worcester and Bury St E) is that there's little point in having mechanical action for a large instrument, but the above discussion implies that the EP parts of these instruments should last 50 years or so but the electronics may last for half that, if the owners are lucky. Returning to the original topic of this thread, I don't think Sheffield Anglican Cathedral was mentioned (although it has been on this Forum before) but I guess they are now through 2/3 of the probable life of their electronic, which was apparently rebuilt in 2006 after taking over from our host's organ in 1998.
  24. We are being hosted by Oli King, the DOM - I don't know any further details but will ask.
  25. Are there any opinions on whether the RoHS regulations are likely to affect the reliability or longevity of electronic components? There was a lot of speculation that removing lead from solder would make it more brittle and lead to a shorter life, but has this been proven in practice or are we still waiting to find out? There are some interesting examples in Buckinghamshire: Aylesbury Methodist Church: 3 manual Bradford electronic organ, recently completely "rebuilt" recently which involved replacing the electronics but keeping the console and speakers. It can sound nice when played softly but anything loud sounds pretty synthetic. Chesham Parish Church: 3 manual hybrid, with the main Great and Swell choruses from pipes but electronic reeds, upperwork, Choir and most of the Pedal. I hate to say it but it can sound quite good. The drawback was that when it got to about 15 years old it started to cut out intermittently but completely and it took the builders over 3 months to track down the fault. Quainton Church: 2 manual extension organ: the electronics developed a "system fault" in October which means some notes on the Swell don't work. Although it's still under guarantee (it's about 8 years old) the builders have not yet been able to repair it. A fully mechanical action must be the best for a small instrument (the H&H at Hakadal in interesting in this respect) but any large one is a complex machine and surely regardless of what action is used, is bound to need more maintenance and more frequent overhauls.
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