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Colin Richell

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  1. can we have some shorter messages please, some are far too long and time consuming, and you lose the gist of the message. Colin Richell.
  2. In today's Daily Mail there is an answer to correspondents feature, and one of the questions asked is "Are there any femail jazz organists ? The reply states "The first great female jazz organist of note was Pittsburgh-born Ethel Smith(1902-1996). A gifted pianist she had no role model for playing the Hammond Organ, so she could only adapt her piano technique. Due to failing health she retired in the 1960's and a leading critic pronounced that her technical ability on the keyboard for jazz was as great as it is for Bach.She appeared with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Two worthy UK contenders mentioned are Jean Martyn and Carol Williams. In the same answer Hazel Scott is mentioned but irrelevant to the story of Ethel Smith. Colin Richell.
  3. Why should any point of view be described as negative criticism, when we are provided with free speech ? Different viewpoints makes the world go round and that is good. I like Carlo Curly, thousands probably don't but if they expressed that view it would be nonsense to suggest this was negative criticism. I hope that contributors will continue with this debate, until they decide to cease. Colin Richell.
  4. I agree that there are far more notable organists and anniversaries to celebrate. Personally I would not cross the road to hear Wayne Marshall, and most certainly I will not be there even if I had a free ticket Colin Richell.
  5. With respect did you mean Finsbury Park ? Colin Richell
  6. With respect you have forgotten to mention CARLO CURLEY who always speaks to his audience where his enthusiasm and vast knowledge is very apparent. Carlo always manages to relax his audience, and I would miss his witty asides if he decided to not speak between musical items. Colin Richell.
  7. With a completely full Albert Hall plus choir, and orchestra, including singers in various parks throughout the country, I have always assumed that full organ is utilised surely ? If this is the case you cannot hear the organ because it is drowned out by choir and orchestra. Perhaps next year we can allow the orchestra to have a rest and enable just the organ to accompany, for example Jerusalem, which would sound great. Does anyone agree ? Colin Richell
  8. Year after year I find that during Rule Britannia. Land of Hope And Glory, and Jerusalem the organ is drowned out by the orchestra, choir and 6000? singers and I just cannot hear it. Might as well not have it playing. Colin Richell.
  9. Because I was working I tried to record Last night of the Proms, because I particuarly enjoy Rule Britannia. Land Of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem in the hope that I can hear the organ (not always easy). Because the BBC mess about between BBC 1 and 2 and because I also wanted to record Match of the Day, I managed to only catch the the end of Jerusalem. Very disappointed but I hope the Last night was up to its normal standard. I will now have to wait until next year. Colin Richell.
  10. Thats a fair point and something I did not consider Colin Richell
  11. Firstly it seems very petty to me for the family to have their own organist to play suggesting that the in house organist was incompetent, and secondly I have very little respect for the replacement who if he had one ounce of decency and respect would have suggested to the family that it was not right to not employ the resident organist. Colin Richell.
  12. There are times when Nigel Ogden excels himself, and I thoroughly enjoyed this week's programme with Carlo Curley. I particuarly enjoyed listening to Carlo and some great music, and it made me realise that I am correct in suggesting that he is one of our greatest recitalists, although I accept that everyone who subscribes to this discussion Board will not agree. I was delighted that Carlo mentioned his Ally Pally concerts when he played the Allen organ and persuaded thousands of people to attend the Sunday afternoon concerts.(I was there) In the 1970's. He also mentioned the great acoustics. Unfortunately Carlo did not mention his recent concert in the Ally Pally Theatre, but I know how happy he was to return to the Palace even if it was not in The Great Hall. Well done Nigel and Curley. Colin Richell
  13. As the title of this thread is "The Organist entertains" I mention that on BBC I player today I listened to last night's programme, which featured Jean Martyn who apparently was on BGT which I have never seen. I have to say that Jean's playing did nothing for me at all, and I guess she is no better or worse than any other organist around these days. Jean did mention that she loved the Tower organ, and we heard her play a small piece on this instrument, but she is no Reginald Dixon ! She seemed to be a very nice person. The great news is that next week the programme will feature Carlo Curly, and that will not be missed for anything ! Colin Richell.
  14. Colin Richell

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    All credit to David Wells for ridding the organ world of an electronic monster, to be replaced by a great pipe organ, and yes I am sure that he will do a great job. Perhaps the tide is changing. Colin Richell.
  15. Sorry to bring up the same subject, but today in The Daily Mail Ephrain Hardcastle !! wrote that in BGT there was a spectular magic act called The David and Karen illusionist duo, who the producers loved and the four judges were impressed with their performance in the semi-finals, and I quote the remainder of the article " But Simon Cowell chose to put through the bizarre, old-hat organist Jean Martyn instead". It was felt that the duo had a good chance of winning ! C'est La Vie ! Colin Richell.
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