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AJJ

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  1. This is interesting as just today the Benjamin Saunders CD of Andriessen's music played at Leeds Cathedral popped through the door. I play the Thema met variaties and also the Offertorium (published in a Dutch anthology of liturgical music) both of which appear on the disc soundng very atmospheric on the Leeds N&B/Klais. The current organist at the RC Cathedral in Utrecht where Andriessen played is Wouter Van Belle and he is not only an expert on Andriesssen, Strategier etc. but also works hard to keep their music 'played' through recitals and CDs. http://www.woutervanbelle.nl/ A
  2. Ordered - thank you! A
  3. I am trying to locate a copy of the above - more specifically Postlude 1. The set seems to be out of print - available on Amazon only at huge price! If anyone could assist over this I would be extremely grateful. Thanks A
  4. 'Farewell to Stromness' always goes down well when I play it as an organ piece - not at all typical PMD but rather lovely all the same. 'Totally agree with much of what is written above re his work with and for young people even if his more recent pronouncements about the current state of music in schools were (in my experience at least) rather wide of the mark! A
  5. There is also the Jennifer Bate connection - her father (and teacher) H. A. Bate was organist there from 1924 to 1978 and I think he was responsible for the design of the organ with Harrison & Harrison. I also seem to recall that she was involved when they restored the instrument some years ago. A
  6. Still using a 'historic' case (that is if you can call the rather fine stencilled piperack a case) the Tickell at Keble College Oxford is one of the best newer instruments I have encountered recently. Eclectic yet centred on a stylistic era it does all it should superbly well and the look and sound somehow go together - or does that sound a bit naff? http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=H00775 A
  7. Have a look at the organ music by Huw Morgan on his Firehead Editions website. His 'Dialogues' is refreshingly contemporary and a growing set of hymn based pieces likewise. A
  8. I seem to remember Paul Hale was/is advising on this. A
  9. According to their website Michael Stoodart from Newcastle Cathedral succeeds Timothy Noon at Auckland Cathedral, New Zealand. A
  10. Some good stuff here too. http://partitura.org/index.php/category/scores/ A
  11. An enquiery here might possibly help. http://www.di-arezzo.co.uk/accueil_cla.php A
  12. The original organ in Carlow Cathedral was installed in the 1850s and was a Bevington as David Drinkell writes above. This was taken out in 1944 and a secondhand William Hill organ installed incorporating some elements of the Bevington. The 2009 restoration was aimed at being faithful to the original Hill design and Includes a rebuilt main frame and an attractive new case in European oak. The front pipes are gilded in gold leaf and the 'internals' restored with apparently only glues and materials that would have been used in the 1800s. I believe also that this recent work was done by the 'new' manifestation of the firm since the retirement of Kenneth Jones. I am not sure how the 32's and mobile console downstairs (the organ sits in a rear gallery) fit in with these ideals however. The opening recital was given by Dr David Adams from Dublin and included a rather exciting piece by his then teenage son Sebastian who is now making a name for himself as a composer. A
  13. Smaller scaled than perhaps suggested here but built with some ingenuity - I quite like this instrument. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N09198 A
  14. It appears that Dr Lindley has decided to retire. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/musical-maestro-is-set-to-retire-1-7597536 A
  15. Sad but not necessarily a sign of the times - for instance the music set up at Bath Abbey is thriving - girls and boys front lines, gents etc. and all drawing from local schools. Generally (I know nothing of the Leeds regime) maybe what is on offer and how it is offered is more important to consider - I recently came across a flagging all male set up with a regime a bit like a 1950s independent boys school that was wondering where all the prospective choristers had gone. The trouble was that the inference was that it was the fault of 'the youth of today' along with a lot of 'in my day' speak. The youth of today will 'do' all sorts of music but are also likely to vote with their feet if they do not like what is on offer and how it is being offered. We should also not underestimate their 'musicality' or blame problems on the state of music in schools as seems to be the case on occasions when this topic comes up here and in similar discussion arenas. A
  16. Re feflecting screens - you can buy on line a pack of non reflective screen 'protectors' that work really well on iPads etc. A
  17. The organist, composer and scholar Jacques Van Oortmerssen has died at the early age of 65. A
  18. AJJ

    Youtube

    For those interested in such things this is a good demonstration of tonal and other aspects of Schoenstein organs in the USA.
  19. Christopher Tambling, organist, composer and former Director of Music at Downside School died yesterday following a short illness. A
  20. Geoffrey Marshall, for many years organist at Rennes Cathedral in Brittany died at the end of last week. A former student of Roy Massey and Conrad Eden and Durham graduate he had worked in France since the late 1970s and was well known as a teacher and supporter of church music 'done properly'. I was lucky to spend time with him in Rennes last year when even then he was not at all well and will remember his hospitality to my family and me, his marvellous music on the choir organ in the cathedral and his patient assistance with research I was doing at the time. A
  21. AJJ

    Stoneleigh Abbey

    I have recently seen reference to an eighteenth century organ on the gallery of the private chapel at Stoneleigh Abbey the 'stately home' in Warwickshire. There is also a photo in a book I was able to consult briefly about houses with private chapels in the Midlands. The only reference to a builder I can find is Crang & Hancock - does anyone have information and stoplist please? Thanks A
  22. There was also the link with Kenneth Leighton in that both came from Wakefield and sang in the Cathedral choir there when young. I heard JS play Leighton on a number of occasions and there is a Hyperion CD of KL's choral music from the St Pauls choir under JS. A
  23. AJJ

    Buckfast Abbey

    Having heard two of these three since work has been done on them in recent years it would seem to me that neither has changed radically and indeed both still sound very much like Downes instruments. St. Albans sounds far less 'lean' from minimal revoicing and has gained stops that possibly would have been there originally had there not been budget constraints or had RD not had a seeming problem with 2' principal stops. The RFH is still as it was though to my ears at least sounding much better. In both these cases the consultants involved in more recent work have kept the basics of voicing and design etc. intact. I can not comment about Gloucester. A
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