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  1. AJJ

    New organ for Cambridge

    Ideally of course an Oboe and a Trumpet/Cornopean on the Swell with Trumpet and Cromorne/Clarinet on the Great. A
  2. AJJ

    New organ for Cambridge

    I'd suggest a fairly bright and open toned Oboe - combined with other stops on the Swell it could be 'coloured' or not as desired for solo work and would give quite an effective full chorus with or without the Mixture. A
  3. AJJ

    New organ for Cambridge

    The H&H Edington Priory organ is also a well thought out 2 manual design - the Mander for St Mary's Merton looks to be likewise. 8' variety and decent choruses on manuals, reeds and flute combinations that work well as soloists or in chorus, a decent swell box and something more than just a lone pedal 16' can cope with a surprising ammount of repertoire and service music. And if it is all on a nice mechanical action one could almost be talking about the 'village' type instruments I play most sundays! A
  4. AJJ

    New organ for Cambridge

    The current incarnation of the soon to be replaced instrument seems to have a decidedly odd stoplist - going on that alone the Flentrop looks as if it will be a welcome change. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N13274 A
  5. AJJ

    New organ for Cambridge

    It will be interesting to compare this instrument with the Flentrop in Chelsea - I have not heard this. A
  6. This looks interesting: http://www.flentrop.nl/orgelbouw/cambri_suss_coll.html A
  7. You are correct David - the Swell section on the old organ at Llandaff was able to be coupled in two halves. The rather dinky Positif in the pulpitum (I seem to remember that the pipes are still there) was of little use in quiet liturgical situations so some stops could be coupled down onto the lowest manual as a sort of borrowed Choir organ. A
  8. 'Agree with much of the above - does anyone know where Clutton's little Mander house organ ended up? A
  9. I remember an animated discussion many years ago between Clutton and a now much respected consultant/historian regarding organ design, stoplists etc. Clutton actually got quite heated while the other quite coolly stuck to his guns. With hindsight it is interesting to ponder on which of them has had a more lasting effect on things! A
  10. Not sure about this but a 12-17 Sesquialtera as a lone Swell mixture can work nicely as a solo stop with flutes and also provide an exciting tang to full to reeds etc. The smaller Mander at St Giles Cripplegate in London proves this point admirably. A
  11. This would also seem to be the case with the 'decent parish church' side of things too. The place where I was most involved had a second organist and therefore conductor for anthems and 'big stuff' but the rest was largely un conducted. Later, with a change of regime it always felt slightly unnecessary to me to have someone standing mid choir waving quite competent musicians through hymns and psalms that had been thoroughly rehearsed previously. A personal view only. A
  12. ....and Dartford PC. A
  13. Just a thought......what about a 1' ? Not as much moving around of pipes - you wouldn't get your 2-2/3 but maybe some glitter if it were quietened down a bit. Depends on the scale though. As a matter of interest was it always a 1-1/3 or was this an alteration at some point? A
  14. Matthew Martin will be moving to Keble College, Oxford to be Its DoM. A
  15. It seems to me that the incumbent at the above church has put his point concisely and succinctly and I await news of further developments with interest. A
  16. Furthermore, the source of the online petition that refers to the 'destruction' of this organ seems to me at least to be not totally reliable. We do perhaps need to exercise caution.... A
  17. Not Nantes Cathedral but another church in the city. The Cathedral (Ss. Peter & Paul) is medieval whereas this basilica is 19th Century. Here is the Cathedral organ: http://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/france/nantescsp.html 'Not sure what is in the place with the fire. A
  18. Is that necessarily a regression though? In some ways it could be said to be but in others perhaps not. A
  19. 'Larghetto' from Serenade for Strings op. 20 by Elgar. Lovely (and easy) arrangement in 'The Reflective Elgar' pub. Animus. A
  20. 'Schoenstein's tonal director, Jack Bethards, wrote a long and detailed article ("A Brief for the Symphonic Organ") about this type of instrument...............The article was in BIOS Journal volume 26, 2002.' As one of the editors of this BIOS Journal I had quite a bit of correspondence with Jack Bethards at the time. He is a great enthusiast for the British organ of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a huge knowlege of builders, instruments and styles etc. A
  21. A new Schoenstein is heading for London soon too I believe. A
  22. This is interesting as I was not a great enthusiast for this instrument until fairly recently. I have sung at Redcliffe a few times with visiting choirs and have certainly found that it does seem to do the right thing for the expected settings, anthems, psalms and similar from the choir's point of view at least. Granted, these services were not huge affairs from a congregational point of view so not much 'big noise' was needed.I have also been able to get to the regular lunchtime concerts and from a repertoire angle things have at times been more difficult to judge. At the hands of the 'resident team' or more local players things usually work well but with others things are not always quite so subtle perhaps. Two recent exceptions however, one a recitalist from Germany (who coincidentally happens to be a friend of mine) and another an occasional contributor on here from Scotland. Both gave splendid recitals and got under the skin of the organ so to speak managing to really make the music come alive. More specifically, the music they chose to play worked well with the Redcliffe sound. To be honest my affinity has never really been for instruments of this type and from this era but I do feel that it can work well liturgically and in the right repertoire areas though I suspect only following a decent period of familiarisation from the point of view of the player. As a player pcnd is far more experienced in both these areas than I am but as a singer and listener I have grown more used to the organ with familiarity and am now perhaps appreciating its undoubted artistry more that I was previously. A
  23. This looks interesting: http://cbfisk.com/sites/default/files/instruments/specifications/147_spec.pdf Granted this is is only a stoplist and the building has yet to be completed but from what we already know about this firm I am sure the result will be exciting. The brief apparently was one with repertoire and liturgy in mind and certainly the copious 'fonds' and different levels of celestes throughout will no doubt assist with the latter. The tierce mixture on the Choir is interesting as is the lack of mixture and double enclosure of reeds on the Swell. With ultimately two 'big' reeds, three 32' stops, a pedal non unison designed to adapt to its surroundings and what looks like a fairly sturdy Great flue chorus the whole thing should be capable of a large dynamic spectrum. Choir and organ will be on a west gallery. A
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