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AJJ

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  1. AJJ

    Swell Boxes

    And then there is this one: http://www.tickell-organs.co.uk/specInfo/opus39.htm More food for thought here - I could live with this too!! AJJ
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    Swell Boxes

    Winding back somewhat - so to speak - what about this one?: http://www.tickell-organs.co.uk/specInfo/opus54.htm Now everything bar the Open is enclosed! AJJ PS Nice to see the Clarabella back!
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    Swell Boxes

    Dr John Rowntree the consultant for the organ wrote that the Celeste was included to provide a range of Romantic colour in the absence of a Swell - in combination with either or both the other 8's on that manual. Also that along with the colour provided by the Sesquialtera (both in solo combinations and as a chorus stop) provision could be made for sounds required in the more modern end of the repertoire - Langlais etc. The main 8' chorus does the usual duty with interestingly the 16' pedal stop being derived from one of the manual 8's for space saving reasons. The only aspect missing perhaps might be a coupler between the two manuals (or a coupler manual) - the possibilities for massed 8's or 8's + 4's even in such a small design would be interesting to consider. AJJ
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    Swell Boxes

    And also quite often small 2 manual jobs are to all intents and purposes a large 1 manual divided in two with one half enclosed for theoretical versatility. When I encounter these (playing hymns and settings etc. as well as repertoire) I tend (maybe out of habit) to play on Sw and Gt coupled contrasting if necessary with the Sw alone but with the box open for the most part. The non balanced Sw pedals tend to move one towards this too. Often the Sw is too quiet when closed unless the choir (if there is one!) is very near etc. Frequently the balance between it and anything on the Gt can be better with the box open. As you say - Westbury works well - it is a good example of a basically Victorian organ but with modern touches that add to its versatility without taking away its identity. The Jennings organ seems to be revisiting similar ideas in a modern context. AJJ
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    Swell Boxes

    Take a look at this new organ by Robin Jennings: http://www.jennings-organs.co.uk/pages/streatley.htm It is in a typical village church, north chancel with rather nice slim case, designed to sound out into the church as well as play for a chancel choir. It is interesting that it has two unenclosed manuals mainly due the fact that the swell shutters would have taken up the space of a rank of pipes and seemingly it was thought better to have more stops. I think I could live with this (as opposed to having a 1 manual with about the same number of stops) and would probably (in the context of this organ) not miss the swell as long as the voicing allowed for quiet enough sounds etc. It is also interesting to see the horizontal tonal design ie. variety of 8fts etc. as well as the solo and chorus structures. All in all a superbly constructed/voiced instrument with some interesting ideas for the design of an instrument in a similar small church situation. What do people think? AJJ
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    Rco

    And maybe also incorporate some of the ideas Sarum College and the EOS. Chunks of the RCO syllabus requirements can send one running for the nearest pew to hide under whereas these establishments aim to provide practical assistance and ideas for repertoire etc. at a level that some of us at least find reassuringly friendly! AJJ (Academically OK but technically out of practice!)
  7. ''maybe a pooling of resources and some publicity for all those youngsters looking for 'safe' churches to practise their Oortmerssen trios!?'' 'Not just youngsters - I used to be lucky enough to have free use of a local (as opposed to the 1 man. that I usually play) 2 man. instrument in the evenings until insurance policy changes at the church stipulated that only a certain number of individuals could be key holders - in the past I borrowed the organist's key. Now, if I want to practice I have to have the organist (or another keyholder) present - either sitting listening or doing 'whatever' in the vestry! She is an obliging friend and has always said that she would not mind doing this if it helps me but I do not really want to impose on her time or subject her to the sound of my practice. It is getting more difficult generally. AJJ
  8. I like the open minded rather experimental feel of all this (especially the 'wild' and 'curry' aspects) - viable new sounds and effects can always add to the art of playing organ music more effectively - hopefully the instrument will be available on CD soon so us on this side of the Atlantic can all experience its undoubtedly success for ourselves (and in my case unlikely to get to LA to hear it live in the forseeable future). Does anyone know if/when this is likely? AJJ PS Mr Tikker's CD of the Rosales organ at Claremont California (Raven OAR 670) is worth buying too!
  9. And further over in this direction there is Downside, Bath etc. AJJ
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    Rare Music

    Whatever the 'ins and outs' the reprints on sale on the above mentioned website are good music - I have the details. AJJ
  11. AJJ

    Rco

    All in all a brave step by anyone's standards! AJJ
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    Rco

    But how come they go so far - new organ etc, and then found that there was a problem? AJJ
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    Rco

    Geoffrey Morgan has just posted on Orgue-l - apparently he has heard that the RCO is not moving after all - he also queries the state of affairs therefore with the new Goll organ. Does anyone know more of this? AJJ
  14. As a matter of interest - does anyone build new ones? - as opposed to the Fisk servo mechanism or similar newer developments. AJJ
  15. Interestingly - I am off on Sunday evening to hear Barry Ferguson (ex Rochester Cath. and a superb composer) play at the Methodist Church in Gillingham down in deepest Dorset and quite near to me here in Somerset. According to the NPOR the organ is very much like those that I play week in week out (ie not one I would normally go out on a Sunday pm to hear a recital on) but I am really looking forward to hearing him play and I am sure it will be a treat. We are lucky with Bristol, Bath, Salisbury, Wells etc. around within reasonable 'recital distance' but I have to admit partly by inclination and partly through family responsibilities I tend to get only to those that really grab my interest. Maybe I should support more but I have been to so many where top recitalists have come and played well but with something crucial lacking in the delivery and the repertoire. By this maybe I am being too critical - but by delivery I mean that hard to describe element that puts on a really 'entertaining' programme on. (In the broadest sense - Dame Gillian, Hurford, Kynaston, Bowyer etc. as well as the two mentioned below would fit into this 'entertaining' bracket - also locals such as Peter King, Marcus Sealy also from Bath Abbey and from slightly further afield Geoffrey Morgan) Not necessarily all lighter music and transcriptions etc. but a really well thought out combination of pieces with the audience in mind. I would have liked to heard Gordon Stewart at Romsey (see one of the other strands on this site) but am unable to get there and if Paul Derrett plays down this way I would willingly employ a child minder and pack my wife off for a girls night out to get to his concert. Goodness knows how many will be at the Gillingham concert on Sunday - the seats will probably not be ASLP comfort, the organ will certainly not have any of the mod cons but I am sure those who are there will come out feeling glad that they attended. AJJ
  16. The case at Evreux is decidedly quirky too - mind you not many builders/architects seem to take the bull by the horns as far as case design goes!! AJJ http://orgues.evreux.free.fr/photos/jacque...ecathedrale.jpg
  17. There is also an excellent article about the Grand Rapids organ in the IBO journal 'Organ Building' for 2005 - see their website to order. AJJ http://www.ibo.co.uk/
  18. I met Noel Mander only once as an eighteen year old - undecided as to whether it would be better to go and do a music degree at the university where I had been accepted to study or become an organbuilder. He told me most emphatically to go and study music and then come later back if I wanted to become an organbuilder - I never did but the organ bug stuck - hence writing here and a large part of life since that interview. I still remember him sitting behind his desk in the office at St Peter's Organ Works as if it were last week! His importance in the sphere of organ building both as a craftsman as well as a man of vision and determination is well known, the time he gave me then was an example of his generosity and desire to see potential achieved in someone starting out on a career path. I too would like to offer condolences to John Pike Mander and his family. AJJ
  19. Stephen Cooke has been asked to look at the instrument that I play with a view to restoring it to its 1 manual and 8 stop late nineteenth century pristine state. Not quite Westbury etc. in size but I like it. Lets hope.....! AJJ PS He's also a very competent organist.
  20. Maybe the best thing is to try the Institute of British Organbuilding and see if any creditation that either firm had still stands. Since they were set up the IBO seems to have got itself well involved in sorting the profession out somewhat. They also have a very readable website and their journal is also good bedtime fodder - if you like that sort of thing! http://www.ibo.co.uk/ AJJ
  21. Cawston Organs were at one time looking after quite a few important organs in the SW including Bath Abbey, Clifton Cathedral (I think) and also the Klais in Symphony Hall Birmingham. I am not sure if this is still the case but their reputation for this work seemed always to be good - this was a year or two ago though and I am not sure if Tony Cawston (who seemed to do much of the work then) is still in charge. AJJ
  22. There are still a number of firms doing the old 'EP plus extending' bit - usually smaller instruments by 'non-top-notch' firms in the first place, perfectly suited to their role - more in need of overhaul, cleaning and maybe judicious tonal adjustments than complete reincarnation. Frequently a large (and sometimes mobile) console appears, more pistons than stops and the whole thing then is transformed out of all recognition. The trouble is that on occasions the new work sounds tacked on - ok, impressive stop manipulation can now be achieved and on the surface the extended reed chorus L, R & C appears impressive - likewise the gleaming new console but ultimately what has actually been achieved? More often than not temporary gloss till the whole lot needs sorting out when either people get fed up with it or it starts to show its age. (There are also instruments that seem to be in a constant state of rebuild with things being added and changed every few years - one wonders where the money comes from. One such 3 manual in an important eclesiastical establishment comes to mind - transformed with new mixtures and mutations in the 70s, more tinkering in the 80s, fairly recent 'beefing up' on with a new solo reed etc. and now five or six digital stops are to be added to further 'beef up' the Pedal section with 16s and 32s that could not possibly be fitted in any other way.) Having spent the last few years playing 1 & 2 manual Victorian village organs together with the occasional 'town church' 3 manual - all in near original condition and a couple recently restored to pristine condition by local builders with hertiage lottery grants (and all that involves) I now appreciate their worth far more than in my heady youth. My playing reflects the instruments (I have not had any complaints yet) and I do not long for all the electronics or the ability to move the console on a weekly basis. This has strayed a bit from the Daniels topic and is not meant to be a reflection of their work directly - as I started the topic I suppose i'ts my right to stray a little! AJJ
  23. Back now (alas!) but I saw a few nice instruments - St Sever (Landes region - SW France)) has an interesting CC not long restored in its west gallery and Bourges Cathedral was celebrating 25 years since the organ was rebuilt/restored. Superb case and from what I heard some nice sounds too - much old pipework. I also had a brief encounter with a rather strange looking little machine in a church in Ambroise and saw the new machine in Evreux Cathedral with its drum shaped case. Also - heard the organ in Boulogne Cathedral with its rather minimalist case. Thanks for all the suggestions AJJ Have a look at Evreux. http://orgues.evreux.free.fr/anglais/page-...eil-english.htm St Sever http://perso.wanadoo.fr/adora.orgue/stsever.htm and Bourges http://www.kernpipeorgan.com/francais/bourges2.htm
  24. I've seen it but not heard it - as the article says, it has had some things done to it that are not fully in sympathy with its origins but there seems to be enough left to get an impression of the sound as HJ intended it to be. The minimalist console is very neat! AJJ
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