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  1. I have a feeling that a previous incumbent at Pershore was a good friend of CC and that CC’s memorial service was actually held there. It will be interesting to see what Ruffatti come up with. Certainly, on paper at least their more recent instruments look decidedly tonally ‘eclectic’ and almost even random. Having heard their work only via recordings however, I do not feel qualified to fairly judge this aspect. Off topic but does anyone know any more about the ‘what and why’ of their work on the Tickell at Keble College Oxford? I heard it not long after its creation and it sounded very fine then. A
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    Somewhere or other Nigel Allcoat has written that one needs to judge the various effects on an Aubertin with ones’s ears rather than trying to apply expected stoplist conventions. My experiences at S. louis en L’Ile in Paris certainly supports this point. A
  3. Guillou made some recordings of this organ when it was new - issued on CD by an American company. They showed the expected Guillou playing skills and some quite spectacular sounds and interpretations of true organ repertoire and transcriptions. I wondered then as to the suitability of the organ’s general compatability with orchestral sounds in the standard orchestral repertoire. The situation now seems very much to be a state of ‘what comes around goes around’ but all the same it wold be good if the organ could find a new home. A
  4. This seems to be the case on occasions in France too - a recent solo organ recital in Bourges Cathedral attracted a substantial audience. A
  5. There is a facebook page on Father Willis instruments which is reliable and free from the daftness found in some of the organ areas in said media. https://www.facebook.com/groups/639145742878503/ A
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    Servite Priory Fulham

    Interesting - thanks! A
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    Servite Priory Fulham

    Thanks both above - that is certainly encouraging! A
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    Holiday playing

    Having had a lovely little one manual and pedal 1860s Vowles as my main church instrument for the last 20 plus years I can certainly say that I never tire of what one can actually get it to do both liturgically and in the repertoire it can cope with. With a bit of research there is much around from all points of the repertoire that will work effectively - enough to make me not over worried about that which will not! A
  9. This instrument http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N08874 caused quite a stir when it was installed and indeed somewhere I still have an LP of Alan Harverson playing various 'baroqueries' on it soon after. Does anyone know if it is still looked after, used in recitals etc. as one doesn't seem to hear much about it these days. A
  10. Oliver Hancock goes from Assistant at Portsmouth Cathedral to St Mary's Warwick as DOM. A
  11. Wine of Peace - Charles Camilleri A
  12. It looks like it it is the same as is currently the case - Mixture IV with tierce, Fourniture IV with just quints. A
  13. GREAT 16,8,8,8,8,8,4,4,2 2/3,2,2,IV,IV,16,8,4 TRANSEPT GREAT 16,8,4,2 2/3,2,IV,8 SWELL 16,8,8,8,8,4,4,2,III,IV,16,8,8,16,8,4 SOLO 16,8,8,8,8,4,2,16,8,8,Fr. Horn 8, Ophicleide 8, Tubas 8,4 CHOIR 16,8,8,8,4,4,2 2/3,2,2,1 3/5,III,8 PEDAL Open 32,Stopped 32,16,16,16,16,16 Solo,16 Choir,8,8,8,4,4,IV,32,16,16,8,4 A
  14. The proposed Canterbury spec. Is out there in the big wide world via the latest edition of The Organ Club Journal if anyone is interested. A
  15. The home of two acomplished musicians. A
  16. Similar here: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N10088 A
  17. One of the mid Victorian instruments I play on regularly has its only manual 16' flue on the Swell and I often wish that it were on the Great. For me at least in repertoire it would work better there and I would also find it more of use there in service playing. There is no 16' reed on the Swell in question but that is part of the nature of the beast and something I can happily live with. I stand to be corrected here but I seem to remember reading somewhere that Father Willis made his Swell 8' Cornopeans or Trumpets of larger scale in the bass when no 16' reed was present to fill out that part of the compass. A
  18. I recently took posession of the recent Positif Press books on the organs at New College Oxford and those at St George's Chapel Windsor without a problem via an email to John Brennan. jb@positifpress.co.uk Both books are excellent! A
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    New organ for Cambridge

    http://www.flentrop.nl/orgelbouw/cambri_suss_coll.html A
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    New organ for Cambridge

    Selwyn popped up in a continuing discussion above. A
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    New organ for Cambridge

    Thanks for both of these - good to hear positive things about the Flentrop. A
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    New organ for Cambridge

    The Flentrop at Sidney Sussex is now apparently in and dedicated. It would be interesting to hear from anyone who has heard/played it how it comes across. A
  23. As a matter of interest does anyone use these remote divisions in any repertoire context aside from the liturgical? A
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