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  1. It has been a busy day, Rowland! The choirs of the Chapels Royal were not 'divided' as the OP suggests. The Chapel Royal today is still a body of priest and singers that attends on the sovereign. It’s based at St James’s Palace, and comprises the Dean of the Chapels Royal (Lord Chartres), and the Sub Dean who is assisted by three Priests-in-Ordinary. The clergy and the choir of ten boys and six Gentlemen attend the Sovereign privately at such ceremonies as baptisms in Buckingham Palace, and publicly, such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They also attend the sovereign
  2. For many years, both King's and John's choirs have been known to occasionally include graduate singers who are not necessarily members of the two respective colleges. They are termed Lay Clerks.
  3. I've used Noel Rawsthorne's Hornpipe Humoresque when demonstrating to school pupils, as well as Bach's Toccata in D minor BWV565i. Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride (arr. Thomas Trotter) could work, but it needs practice. There's also Mons Leidvin Takle whose music is available in electronic format and can be purchased online.
  4. From my days at another college in Cambridge, I had always understood the back row, then under Philip Ledger, to comprise fourteen choral scholars (4A, 4T, 6B). Looking at material on YouTube - some of which has I suspect has been placed there without permission, the back row has apparently varied between 15 and 16 from 2008 to 2018.
  5. The Cranmer Award for Worship appears to be the new way of the Archbishop recognising distinguished church musicians, but I suspect there are a good many who have yet to be convinced by this. Church musicians honoured in this way include: James Lancelot and Philip Moore (2016), and Ralph Allwood and Paul Hale (2017). There are clear, strict criteria for nominating someone for a Cambridge honorary degree (the process and documents are online). Length of service alone is not sufficient evidence to award an honorary Cambridge MusD, and an honorary degree cannot be conferred on an employee o
  6. I don't have a copy to hand, but I'm sure it was Howells' anthem Behold, O God, our Defender...
  7. Mathias: Let all the world in every corner sing
  8. I think there have been crossed wires - apologies. My reply was addressed to Quentin Bellamy. I have been unable to trace Simon Preston's New College TV appearance in the Radio Times archive, but Organ Gallery is certainly there. The archive is a truly fascinating resource.
  9. I remember the programme. It was called A Thousand Instruments, and a search of the Radio Times database shows that it was first broadcast in 1975, and repeated in June 1976. As I write this, I feel saddened that both Simon Preston and Peter Hurford (my teacher) are shadows of their former selves, both being cared for in nursing homes where they are suffering from the effects of dementia.
  10. This is more or less the position as far as organ scholarships are concerned. Notable omissions are St Mary's Warwick; St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and the London Oratory.
  11. It can be difficult to keep up with changes. The 'Royal Scottish' was renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011, and both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance appear to have been overlooked - as has the Leeds College of Music. Entry to all eight institutions is now through UCAS Conservatoires. Having retired from school-teaching in the summer, I can recall highly talented pupils choosing a conservatoire because it possessed a renowned faculty/professor for their instrument/voice. As far as conservatoire organ tuition is conc
  12. I suspect that the growth of Facebook and the increased use of its discussion groups is the reason.
  13. I'm surprised that you had a fruitless search. My quick bit of Googling resulted in this snippet on the BBC website, and it's on this recording of his music (still available in various formats) which I bought some years ago for the Tu es Petrus.
  14. As Harrison's website explains, the pedal reeds were relocated from the south to the north triforium behind the Bombarde section to enable work in the south triforium. To my ears, they now have less impact from their new position if you're hearing the organ from the choir, but for those sitting west of the screen...⚠️
  15. You may want get in touch with such foundations listed here.
  16. Our humidifier is maintained by Philip Cutler who now runs Stewart Fothergill Engineers. Google the firm name for contact details.
  17. Sadly, I think that the teaching/practice organ built and installed this spring in the concert hall of the new music school at King's College School, Wimbledon may well be the last instrument by the firm of Kenneth Tickell and Company Ltd.
  18. Dr Jeremy Filsell to Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue
  19. The organist last night was Richard Pearce. I am assuming (but have yet to have it confirmed) that he is the BBCSO's organist in succession to Malcolm Hicks - himself the successor to my teacher, Alan Harverson. It is a shame that neither Richard nor the BBCSO's pianist (Elizabeth Burley) are mentioned in their personnel lists. Perhaps it's because their contractual arrangements are different to the those of orchestra's rank-and-file players.
  20. It's somewhat sad to see that Simon Preston's 80th birthday last Saturday has passed us by with scarcely a comment. At least the Eloquence label has seen fit to mark it by reissuing (last November) all the solo organ recordings which he made for Argo. A good many here will remember his Reger recordings from Westminster Abbey; I, for one, am pleased to hear again his reading of the Hindemith Sonatas on the Walker organ at St John's, Islington. Mander should also be allowed to bask in his glory, as I value Simon Preston's 2006 recording of the then-recently restored organ of the Royal Albert Hal
  21. Widor was 88 years old he recorded the Toccata at St Sulpice in April 1932, so this might account for the tempo. I make no apology for plugging John Near's edition which appears to be the most recent and authoritative. I took the plunge when discounts were offered; keep an eye out in case they are offered again in the future.
  22. On which topic, here are details of what promises to be a fine recital in under a fortnight.
  23. During my school's choir tour last October, we sang at the Austrian church (St Michael's Basilica, Mondsee) used for the filming of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music. The basilica's organist, Professor Gottfried Holzer-Graf, allowed me to play the splendid organ in the west gallery before our service and concert. Its sound bears no relation to that of the Morton organ heard in the film (mentioned by Colin in his post), whose pipework and mechanism were destroyed in a fire.
  24. All Saints' Church, St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Rood screen and case by Comper
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