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  1. That's very kind of you, handsoff. I don't contribute as prolifically as others appear to do, but there are occasions when the accuracy of some contributions needs correction, or a reactionary and uninformed view needs to be challenged.
  2. Absolutely. There are certainly quite a few there, aren't there?
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    I cannot see how such an idea has any place in a religious act of worship.
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    RFH Organ

    BBC London News had a feature on the organ tonight, and it can be found here 20' 55" into the programme. News programmes have a very short life on BBC iPlayer, and it will probably be unavailable after tomorrow (Friday) evening.
  5. Thanks - I had found the site, as my link attests. Michael's brother, Colin, says there that he donated the Vista Records files and a set of all the recordings that he had to the University of Ulster while he was a Visiting Professor at that institution, and that is now housed at the University’s Magee Campus. Soon after Michael’s death, he had also filled in gaps in the collection of what is now the British Library Sound Archive. This is all very good, but it doesn't confirm whether or not the deposited material (i.e. "set of all the recordings") was the master tapes.
  6. I agree that it would be very good indeed if Michael Smythe's Vista recordings could be remastered to CD. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the master tapes?
  7. A quick 'google' has yielded a French website which says that Walter Hillsman was elected organ scholar at New College, Oxford, in 1964, so his time there pre-dates the GDB instrument.
  8. You say that you failed the Buxtehude "because of the trills and the phrasing and the other stylistically baroque effects". [Dangerous word is 'effects'!] Having seen their comments above though, apart from the matter of appropriate tempo, I sense that the examiners didn't perceive momentum, projection or (in the pedal theme) a sense of musical line in what they heard; legato doesn't automatically equal romantic! Oh, and accents can be made by means other than delaying the strong beat. That said though, congratulations on passing the pieces overall.
  9. You make a lot of presumptions! What, in the 21st century, is a 'traditional' cathedral organist and how many of them comprise the examiners' panel today? While they may be versed in the 'British Church Music tradition', what evidence is there to suggest that their musical interests do not extend outside the organ loft? One of the eight courses this year listed on the RCO website deals with preparing for the exams, so that would be an excellent opportunity to ask the question about 'Baroque performance'. Moreover, from looking at the assessment criteria and the detailed mark descriptors printed at the end of the exam syllabus, I sense that the examiners have no preference, and are looking at the basic musical considerations listed, viz., Musical communication; accuracy and technique; tempo and style; and registration and organ management.
  10. Just the sort of review I needed, Stephen. Many thanks.
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    This is indeed confirmed in a round-robin from him.
  12. You may be right. It certainly had that effect me as a chorister singing at an RSCM Cathedral Course there decades ago under Gerald Knight, with Roy Massey upstairs. I had heard Pedal Trombones, but this (to a twelve-year-old) was something else entirely...
  13. Please: no tampering with the Truro Ophicleide.
  14. It ought to be recorded here that the Very Revd Michael Till, sometime Dean of Chapel, King's College, Cambridge, and formerly Dean of Winchester, gave a moving address at the funeral of his friend and colleague Sir Philip Ledger on 4 December, and having driven home to Sussex, he himself died.
  15. The two ranks of the old Great Quartane have now been separated to form the two stops Quint and Super Octave; the Choir is still devoid of a Fifteenth.
  16. By coincidence, I was watching DVD1 from this set only last night. I found it thoroughly engaging and fascinating, and am pleased to have acquired a good understanding of the development of 19th century French organ building and its place in the social and cultural milieu. The disc also proved to be a visual and aural delight. Unless I have missed it though, my only regret is that there isn't a list of the pieces heard on DVD1. Gerard Brook's commentary scenes with the organ behind the High Altar immediately made me think, "Farnborough Abbey, surely!" I am glad that Douglas has confirmed my suspicion.
  17. Peter Wright recorded the pieces on the Lewis/Harrison at Southwark for Priory - Great European Organs No.35 - PRCD406. Although it's deleted, it's still available - for a price - through their archive service. If you're quick though, you'll find better deals on Amazon.
  18. Yes, they were: the photo was taken in October at Lambeth at the conferment of their degrees. Indeed, but both the present Archbishop - and indeed his successor - graduated from Cambridge, and neither of the robes worn by Doctors Jackson and Neary appear to feature the distinguishing dark-cherry satin of a Cambridge MusD seen on this distinguished recipient in Cambridge this summer. With these gowns reportedly costing something approaching £1,000, it's perhaps no wonder suitable substitutes have to be used, and the matter of academic dress is observed in spirit, rather than in letter.
  19. Apologies for prolonging this digression on this thread, but the photo of Doctors Jackson and Neary in Lambeth degree robes ( http://asfchoir.word...mbeth/img_4522/ ) is misleading, as they are not identical. I imagine that the expense of these garments means that some discreet substitution has taken place.
  20. Incorporation still occurs at both universities, and also Dublin; it's really a formality regarding their status within the university in which they happen to be working. Musicians who hold an MA of one of these three universities and have held a university or college post in another of the three - thus obtaining a 'second' MA by incorporation, include John Harper, Edward Higginbottom, Daniel Hyde, Bill Ives, David Lumsden, Simon Preston, Christopher Robinson and Bernard Rose. Hardly anybody progresses to the Cambridge MusD (or MusB) nowadays; the examinations for these higher degrees are not a walk-over by any means. The composer Derek Bourgeois is one of the very select people I know who holds a Cambridge MusD by examination.
  21. 'Unsuitable' is a debatable term. There is anecdotal evidence of Jeanne Demessieux playing effortlessly in high-heeled shoes, and I remember Jeremy Filsell not putting a foot wrong in trainers.
  22. The score costs £20.99 from Allegro Music. If the end of Messiaen's Dieu Parmi Nous or Mulet's Tu es petra are within your scope, then this Toccata will be approachable. It's arguably slightly easier than the two works mentioned, as the figuration remains consistent throughout the piece.
  23. A Director of Music can be either employed or self-employed, and the Incorporated Society of Musicians has separate standard contracts available for employed or self-employed status.
  24. I beg to disagree. Kenneth Tickell; Bruce Fowkes; Christopher Batchelor; Andrew Scott; Geoffrey Coffin; Trevor Crowe spring to mind. Two of these are FRCOs; another an ARCO.
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