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  1. Clifton Cathedral in Bristol also has an electronic in use alongside the 1973 Rieger Orgelbau instrument. A
  2. The renowned French organist and composer Jean Guillou has died. A
  3. Depending on their ages - do not play anything too long even if it means excerpts. If they know what is ‘going on’ then the repertoire does not have to be all pieces they know. If you gain their attention then you will have achieved much. Pieces that you can enthuse about will work whether it be a selected chunk of JSB, Messiaen’s ‘Les Bergers’ the Duruflé ‘Scherzo’ etc. Also maybe find out what they have done at school. ‘Not sure how this would work but maybe also involve some participation - ‘prepared’ semi improvisations with ostinati, drones, pentatonic (or more exotic) scales etc. The younger the are the fewer preconceived ideas they have so as long as you gain their attention most things will work! Sounds exciting! A
  4. Nicholsons have included interesting developments in their swell engines at Llandaff etc. Maybe get in contact with Andrew Caskie their MD. organ builder and excellent player too! a
  5. The composer John Joubert has died aged 91. A
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    Can anyone help please? On the clip below are two pieces, the first is from Michel Corrette’s book of Nöels but I am unable to trace the second which is a set of Baroque type variations on the well known ‘Marche des Rois Mages’. I would like to get hold of a copy of the second piece but it does not seem to crop up by searching under ‘Corrette’ or anywhere else. Any information would be welcome. Thanks in anticipation. A
  7. The stoplist to me at least looks a bit odd. I suppose it depends on what one wants to play on it but there seem to be a few anachronisms if one follows the C-C idea. ‘Dulcian’ and 2 rank pedal mixture for example? A
  8. Church Carol Service number one: Nun Komm....by Frederick Frahm before and some Telemann after. Church Carol Service number two: Noel Anglais by James Woodman before and ‘Vivo’ by David Llywellyn Green after - only one manual to deal with here! School Carol service, who knows. Nobody has told me what I am playing yet! Ho hum! A
  9. Just so that folks do not think all is completely lost the state school where I work has a very engaging Literacy curriculum involving not only parts of speech, sentence structure etc. but also weekly spelling tests. Moreover singing happens in Music lessons and in year group assemblies and music theory etc. is part of the Music curriculum. Mercifully however, being theoretically semi retired none of this is now my responsibility though when I wasn’t the same applied, musically at least. A
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    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
  11. 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
  12. ....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
  14. 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
  15. Another Roger Pulham case design at All Saints, Friern Barnet complete with Heraldic Trumpet planted horizontally. Organ by Nigel Church (1984). A
  16. 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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    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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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