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  1. AJJ


    This is great fun! He obviously knows his instrument, knows his acoustic and did everything IMHO in the best possible taste. Organ improvisation is very subjective and to me seems to go in cycles as far as style and approach are concerned. Some of the best improvisation I have heard recently has come from players not setting out to show off their technique etc. but to produce something new and satisfying. I also believe that something simple can be as effective as something complex. Here in the UK there seems to be a move away from just ‘trying to sound French’ and some of the best ‘improvisation educators’ such as Ronny Krippner while acknowledging that there are national schools of improvisation also push for showing one’s own identity. One can still experience the ubiquitous Anglican ramblings (often on Organists’ Association visits!) but more often than not better things can be heard. I still can not get to grips with improvisiations on silent films however..but this is a purely personal view! A
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    Finest Organ-builders of England

    Bill Drake’s legacy continues under Joost de Boer and we wait in anticipation for the new organ for Chelsea Old Church to be up and running. Interesting also was their tender for a new west end organ for Buckfast Abbey complete with 32’ Bombarde. One can but wonder.... A
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    Rugby School Chapel Organ

    ....with a new electro pneumatic action replacing the tracker action in the main divisions! A
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    Colston Hall

    The Colston Hall organ continues to have a loyal following in the city and its surrounds. The authorities are happy for people to play when convenient and the local organists’ association holds regular events there. It will be interesting to see how things pan out with the hall developments, certainly the foyer extension is a lovely venue already. A
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    Luxuriant Adagio

    A luxuriant ‘larghetto’ - published by Animus in a volume entitled ‘The Reflective Elgar’ arr. Adrian Self. A lovely and not too tricky arrangement of the Larghetto from the Serenade for Strings. A
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    Cathedral organ activity

    Norwich A
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    List of beautiful English Organs

    Agree! A
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    List of beautiful English Organs

    Another Roger Pulham case design at All Saints, Friern Barnet complete with Heraldic Trumpet planted horizontally. Organ by Nigel Church (1984). A
  9. There is an comfortable and effective version by David Patrick which lies nicely under hands and feet. You could try contacting him via Fitzjohn Music re availability etc. A fitzjohnmusic@btinternet.com
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    P D Collins Organ At Turner Sims

    Brilliant news! A
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    Max Drischner

    I got hold of it after a bit of concentrated Googling! A
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    Max Drischner

    It’s in ‘Minatures Volume 1’ edited by Bryan Hesford and published by Fentone (F607) A
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    Changes at Mander Organs

    Very Best for this John. A
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    List of beautiful English Organs

    As an aside it is interesting to see what Richard Bower did at Thurning in 2010. The case is still as it was but the innards are completely revised. An ingenious scheme which I would be keen one day to investigate. http://www.bowerorgans.co.uk/organs/Thurning.html A
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    List of beautiful English Organs

    A similar Roger Yates scheme with borrowings here - nice case also but no photo available! http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02323 A