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AJJ

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  1. AJJ

    RFH Organ

    'Looking forward to Latry next week! A
  2. I am trying to get hold of a copy of the above - long out of print but rather good pieces. I have tried a couple of my Netherlands contacts without success but was wondering if anyone over here or elsewhere might have a copy. Please PM. Thanks A
  3. There is a Rev. Errol Williams who is/was vicar of Bibury near Cirencester - not sure whether this is relevant or not though. A
  4. I played the last piece from this earlier in the year - it has been mentioned on here before recently in another post. Not difficult and goes down well with members of choir and congregation. A
  5. I unashamedly play very few of the 'greats' from the organ repertoire mostly because a lot of other organists play these pieces far more effectively than I could ever hope to do. But, I do have a large-ish repertoire of worthwhile pieces that I enjoy playing, which may not necessarily all be of top musical content but which I can play quite well and which people seem interested in hearing. I can put a reasonably well balanced recital together - though I don't enjoy doing this very much - and have enough pieces readily available for service use - or alternatively will improvise. I agree with much that Vox H writes above - there is nothing worse than listening to music badly prepared - someone - 'can't remember who - once wrote that there should be fewer organists and more musicians playing the organ. If we stick to what we are able to play there is still much that can be played even for those of modest technique. A
  6. Try the Orgue or Harmonium pieces by Langlais, Litaize etc. for interesting pieces with optional pedal parts. From the USA the music of Craig Phillips (Selah) and Daniel Gawthrop (Dunstan House) is contemporary but not threatening and from Scandinavia the hymn based music of composers such as Egil Hovland is quite refreshingly different. Likewise a great deal of similar music from the Netherlands (Monnikendam, Strategier and contemporary composers such as Sietze de Vries - more usually known for his improvisations). From Canada there are the volumes of approachable music from Rachel Laurin (Wayne Leupold) and the Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten is also producing some good pieces though more often for those of quite advanced technique. All the collections edited by Anne Marsden - Thomas are excellent as are the new anthologies edited by David Patrick from OUP. There is a lot of good new music on the books of Animus, fagus-music.com and Encore Music I also keep an eye on reviews in Choir & Organ and Organist's Review. A browse of the website of AFNOM (Annual Festival of New Organ Music) can reveal some interesting repertoire from composers such as Huw Morgan. A
  7. AJJ

    Leon Cathedral

    This looks interesting but can anyone shine a light on the possible rationale behind the rather eccentric stoplist. Jean Guillou seems to have been a big influence so one should expect some of his ideas but all the same some elements seem decidedly strange. A
  8. Not much changed fees - wise then! A
  9. Bill will also be remembered for the pioneering work he did along with John Wellingham at the John Loosemore Centre in Buckfastleigh when one could experience some superb instruments (both old and new) along with highly appropriate tuition and amazingly varied performance opportunities. There was always a warm welcome and I also received a great deal of assistance when researching the organ builder Roger Yates with whom Bill had worked. Bill's legacy is both large and varied and many will have been affected by his work. A
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    Set Free

    Thanks for your confidence CEP and your sympathy Vox - I suppose it's just that I am not against electronic combination systems themselves - rather I am in favour of those that are there to aid sensible music making....which it seems you both are too! A
  11. AJJ

    Set Free

    I find all this discussion amazingly stimulating - but a million miles away from my current experiences where even on medium sized three manual instruments there are very few registrational aids at all. Consequently my default position is hand registration first then use of whatever mechanical combination pedals are available together with judicious alterations to whatever is preset on these. The original builders often set these up with an eye to this sort of technique so that whatever is set can be changed with only a few added stop movements. It is interesting to note that even on smaller instruments where an electronic stop/combination action is introduced vast numbers of pistons and choices of their allocation are introduced. There is one particular instrument near here where a Victorian two manual was recently 'electrified' and has more pistons and pedals per division than actual stops not including a set of generals etc. along with their associated plethora of memories. I feel sometimes that solely hand registration rather than being a handicap is a good discipline and that if perhaps some kaleidoscopic change is not possible then perhaps it shouldn't be considered from a musical point of view. I certainly feel that complex electronic systems on smaller instruments sometimes are there just for the sake of having them. ...or maybe I'm a just luddite! A
  12. AJJ

    Set Free

    Lincoln Cathedral has Pedal to Great Pistons and Pedal to Swell Pistons which those who played when I was there seemed to find useful. I can't remember though whether these worked both ways so to speak - in the manner of a Great & Pedal Combs. Coupled or also whether a different set of combinations was available for each of the two manuals. A
  13. Interesting stoplist for 1973 - check out NPOR date.... A
  14. It looks to be similar to the 1 manual at St Matthew Otterbourne in Hampshire - slightly later and without the Swell but a real gem and lovely to play for services etc. 8 Open, 8 Lieblich, 8 Salicional, 4, 4 Flute, 2 Flautino on the manual with a pedal 16 Sub Bass - all unenclosed. A
  15. I don't know any of the background - but it niggles that seemingly vast amounts must have recently been spent on the rather nice new organ. One wonders if this was necessarily the best option with things the way they are financially at present. Just a thought! A
  16. There are some YouTube shots of transcriptions of parts of his Organ Concerto - organ duet, solo organ etc. A
  17. Thanks all and it is possible pcnd that what you suggest is the cause - we have had one or two odd things happen in recent days including my wife's work portal needing to be reset completely! We are meeting up with friends tomorrow one of whom is a systems architect for Microsoft so at an appropriate moment I might broach the subject. A
  18. They're getting it at my place on Sunday. A
  19. Neither my laptop nor my pc will allow me to add links to 'externals' or paste onto here anymore - does anyone know what needs to be done? Cheers A
  20. ..or one's head on one of the brass candlesticks fixed either side of the console. A
  21. I would go with what sounds most musical - on a single manual such as yours one has to adapt - I play one regularly too. Re the 1-1/3' - I have seen instances where it changes to 1' in the bass in a similar context - to avoid the problems you describe. A
  22. Didn't there used to be a recording of this performance available? A
  23. I was DoM in a school in Lincoln from 1984 to 1988 and for a short while my wife and I sang with the cathedral Voluntary Choir which was then run by Philip Marshall. I think the intention was to fill in when the cathedral choir were on holiday etc. but we never actually managed to sing a service due to the seemingly random schedules and the fact that on occasions we arrived for rehearsals that did not actually happen. However when they did it was quite amazing - the stories of Bairstow, Francis Jackson, Howells etc. flowed freely and the musical demonstrations that illustrated them similarly so. The feeling of linking with a past generation (FJ excepted of course) was very strong both as mentioned above and in the way that he required the music to be performed. The Lincoln Psalter has been mentioned but significant also was his skill as improviser and accompanist especially in the psalms. I do not remember much of his playing of 'repertoire' but he certainly knew how to wring every nuance out of the Lincoln Willis - still one of my top instruments incidentally. In a way I feel very lucky to have 'caught' the last year or so before he stepped down - I remember him as being quite reserved person and not someone who in any way sought centre stage but as someone who was one of the last in an important era of church music. After he left I was lucky enough to sing on many occasions with the cathedral choir under the excellent David Flood, things changed then of course. Dr Marshall could still be seen out and about in Lincoln for a while and on occasions played at local churches. As Malcolm writes above - Leonard Lamb was around then as was Roger Bryan who gave me some organ lessons on the Willis at this time - there may be one or two others also - Julian Paul the 'resident' organ builder could also maybe help. I seem to remember that Marshall also dabbled in organ building himself. A
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