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  1. 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.

  2. On 28/12/2018 at 20:01, Martin Cooke said:

    I'm saddened that the Archbishop of Canterbury appears to have shelved Lambeth degrees. Plenty of esteemed and long serving cathedral musicians have been awarded DMus as a Lambeth degree upon their retirement - think Martin Neary, John Birch, et al. James Lancelot wasn't, despite his huge period of prodigious service at Durham and Winchester. It also seems a great shame that Cambridge has not awarded Stephen a DMus, but perhaps they intend to do so next year. I live in hope. 

    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 of the University or one of its Colleges while they are in post. 

  3. 14 minutes ago, Vox Humana said:

    On the subject of an organ scholarship now being essential (if it really is) for entry to a conservatoire, how has the scholarship market developed since, say, 1970?  It's likely just my ignorance, but other than the scholarship I held I don't think I was aware of any others outside the Oxbridge colleges.

    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.

  4. 15 hours ago, S_L said:


    I think it is true, and I expect to be shot down for this, to say that the RCM/RAM are still the most prestigious but the RNCM, The Royal Welsh, The  Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham and the Royal Scottish are all institutions of excellence in performance and composition.

    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 concerned, only five of the eight now offer this - and three of the five are in London.

  5. On 06/12/2018 at 09:09, Martin Cooke said:

    I think it's a shame that this is the case, but I cannot help but feel that this forum is dying on its feet. Days go past when no new contributions appear and although lots of forumites clearly look in from time to time, they don't appear to want to contribute or start new topics - and I do feel that I have tried over the years.

    I suspect that the growth of Facebook and the increased use of its discussion groups is the reason.

  6. On 21/10/2018 at 01:52, DaveHarries said:

    Greetings all,

    [snip] Anyway with the MacMillan "Ecce sacerdos" [snip] I have tried to find it on Amazon to see if there is a CD with MacMillan's rendition on but to no avail. Anyone know if it has ever been recorded previously on a CD that is no longer available? It would be both a pity and a surprise if the answer was no.



    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.

  7. 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...⚠️

  8. 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.

  9. 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 Hall: Royal Albert Hall Organ Restored (Signum).

  10. 2 hours ago, Peter Allison said:

    on the same kind of note, my dad organised a recital by an "eminent city organist", in Durham Cathedral, a few years ago. OK, it was to raise money for a charity, ran by the Freemasons, of which the recitalist and my dad/me, are. take away the 250 masons, and it would have been a very mediocre turn out indeed

    On which topic, here are details of what promises to be a fine recital in under a fortnight.

  11. On 26/05/2018 at 08:54, Colin Pykett said:

    Another idea - how about the 'Wedding Processional' from 'The Sound of Music'?  [...]  the organ shown on-screen was almost certainly not the one used for recording the accompanying sound track.  If one searches the internet one comes across various suggestions for the organ case and church used for filming the action, most if not all of which centre around Salzburg. 

    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.



  12. On 27/04/2018 at 10:01, OrganistOnTheHill said:

    I don't want to start a list here but I think it would be nice to have a thread containing your experiences with a particular pipe organ in the UK.


    I've looked hard, but cannot see any reference by OrganistOnTheHill to the location of the organs he mentioned. For those who have not twigged his name, the organs mentioned are at Harrow School Chapel and St Mary's Church, Harrow on the Hill. The fact that I grew up in the same town is completely coincidental...

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