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  1. Members may be interested to see this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-56294640
  2. I think the pipe organ is working. I had been told the blower had been badly damaged by some mistaken wiring by an electrician but I haven't found any information that backs this up. The Viscount was placed up in the quire and sounded pretty nice for an emergency installation - no doubt smoothed off by the acoustic. There were recitals on the 'cathedral organ' advertised in the cathedral later last year and I did notice that the Viscount has now disappeared from the quire. As for the Rodgers, I noticed that there is a MIDI connection between it and the Tickell but, perhaps, not a s
  3. I've been using forScore for a little while now. So far, I have about 200 scores on it, including PDF exports from Sibelius, some public domain downloads and a limited number of scanned scores. My overall view is a qualified success. It's really handy having so many scores to hand in a convenient package and there are a number of functions that I find useful. There seems to be a number of utilities that are common among the different applications but I note that forScore is only available as an IOS application: anyone who uses Android or Windows will need to look elsewhere. A few pros
  4. In my previous appointment, our weekly Evensong was very poorly attended (sometimes in single figures) and had no choir (except when we did a choral version). With a 22-mile round trip and frequent early trains to London on a Monday, I eventually agreed with the Rector that I would withdraw from these services except for choral Evensongs. As I recall, these weekly services soon became fortnightly, then monthly. At my current appointment we have an evening Communion (BCP) on 2nd Sunday of the month (a blessed relief from the morning 'Family Service') and Evensong on the 4th Sunday. Usual
  5. My remark was a touch facetious, I'll admit. But my point was that it is a thrilling stop and deserves to remain on its own terms and for the historical reasons set out previously. I'll temper my position by saying that it's only thrilling if used sparingly (John Winter and Henry Doughty knew that well (HD called it a 'real snorter')). I once went to a lunchtime recital there and the player, an international star, shall we say, used full organ for a prolonged period during 'Ad Nos' (indigestion, anyone?). I decided to go back to the office early. I entirely agree that a softer pedal reed
  6. +1. I think it might have been voiced to thrill open-mouthed boy choristers at Choral festivals. So, it's worth keeping it as is just for that. Incidentally, I learned that Henry Doughty, for almost 20 years assistant at Truro, died in November (only 6 months after John Winter's death.
  7. +1 for Trevor Tipple. Fine builder and a very nice man.
  8. Apologies if this has appeared elsewhere, though I couldn't find anything. I found out, quite by chance, that John Winter, who was DOM, and previously assistant, at Truro Cathedral for many years died 21 February. I knew John a little and often heard him play in my youth. After he retired from the Cathedral, he took over from me at St. Andrew's Redruth (and played for my wedding, whilst there) for a short time before moving closer to home at King Charles the Martyr at Falmouth. He knew the Willis organ intimately, of course, and I always felt his style suited it as well as any ot
  9. Chaps, Thanks for your responses. You're right that having the console with the choir and the pipes down the back is the worst of all worlds. Even though our church is not particularly large, it's still long enough (and endowed with a prominent chancel arch) that the congregation gets the sound before (and at greater attack) than either me or the choir. Worse, the proximity of the choir means I hear nothing in balance. I had concluded that any solution like this would have to be fully independent from the main PA system, particularly as I don't want the sound of the organ compromised
  10. Has anyone applied amplification to an organ? In our church the organ is at the west end and fills the main part of the church quite effectively. However, by the time its sound reaches the choir, it is quite indistinct and lags slightly. Supporting the choir effectively can mean the organ has to be unnecessarily loud with the congregation in between. So I hit on the idea of putting a microphone near the pipes and bringing the sound up to the choir with some well-placed speakers. Of course, we'll need some expert help to do it properly (or not at all!) because we don't want to make the
  11. Chatting to one of the sales guys in Birmingham's Apple shop yesterday, he mentioned that the iPad 2 with its front-facing camera can be configured to turn pages in response to gestures. I can think of a few appropriate ones...
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    David Briggs

    I missed most of the review but I downloaded it from Hyperion. Pretty impressive, I must say, with powerful singing. The organ winding sounds a little stressed at times!
  13. He told me it was a 'Bach arr. Stravinsky' performance!
  14. It was nice to hear Sean Rafferty talking about Dr Wicks to Harry Christophers on Radio 3 this evening. Christophers echoed much of what's been said on here.
  15. I'm very saddened to read that. Dr Wicks was one of my heroes of the organ loft.
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