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  1. And there was the - shall we say? - over-enthusiastic organist whose wind supply disappeared altogether part way through "Worthy is the Lamb". An unrepentant blower told him "Messiah teks two thousand four 'undred and thirty-seven pumps, and tha's had 'em". Ian
  2. Is that the film in which an organ teacher declines to hear his student's performance on the grounds that "I know exactly what it will sound like"? Ian
  3. Didn't I see somewhere that FJ played one regularly in his local church after his "retirement"? Ian
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    I think I read somewhere that Widor was "Acting" for the whole of his time at St Sulpice. Does anyone know if that's true? Ian
  5. I don't know about pork pies, but stick with English. Admittedly others have told me that the one Stephen described as the best is a right so-and-so to play, but he thought it qualified as good. Ian
  6. When the late Stephen Ridgley-Whitehouse was involved in the commissioning of a new organ for St Peter's, Eaton Square (after the fire), he told me that the best and worst organs that he'd tried were both by the same builder. Go on - have fun trying to work out which two organs he was talking about. Remember that the trying-out was done in the early 1990s. Ian
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    HRH & Parry

    During the interval of the 2010 Prom which included Parry's 5th Symphony, a TV crew in the arena of the RAH asked a number of Prommers what they thought about the piece. I told them that I thought it was very old-fashioned for its time, considering what Brahmns had done by then. Since all the interviews were left on the cutting room floor, I guess I wasn't the only one who didn't share HRH's enthusiasm for it. Two telling quotes from HRH though. "It took a lot of pressure on the BBC" to get them to programme the piece. So he was bombarding Nick Kenyon with his famous letters, was he? At least we now know beyond doubt who chose the music for his son's wedding. And, in a conversation about Parry's relationship with his wife, "Marriages can be very complicated"! Ian
  8. It was surely Elgar's orchestration, as heard at the Last Night of the Proms annually! Elgar arranged it only six years after the original was published, which suggests that Parry's setting caught on rather quickly. Ian
  9. I see that Stephen Farr is playing this in his Prom. What's the latest state of scholarship on who might have written it? Ian
  10. Francis Westbrook was the only Methodist Minister to have an earned DMus; I know there's some choral music of his, and you might be able to find something for the organ. I'd be surprised if they are members of this board but if you can track down Martin Ellis (Dorking Parish Church), or Revd Ivor Jones they probably know as much between them about Methodist music as you're ever likely to be able to find. I sometimes play the little chamber organ in the Foundery Chapel at Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London; it's believed to have been Charles Wesley Snr's house organ, and I find salutary the thought that Sam Wesley might have played it before me. Good luck with your research. Ian
  11. I looked Harris up in John Henderson's Dictionary, and discovered that he used to be organist of the Church that I attend - St. Leonard's, Streatham. A bit of googling led me here - http://www.bardon-music.com/music.php?id=H...s_Cuthbert_1870 - some pdf files of the first page of several compositions, together with midi files of the complete pieces. Sadly, IMHO the quality leaves everything to be desired. Does anyone know of any decent stuff of his (organ and/or choral) and where it might be obtained? Ian
  12. Sorry about this but: Q. What's the difference between a terrorist and an organist? A. You can negotiate with ... Ian
  13. The R3 messageboard has been closed down. Like this one, some of the more opinionated stuff could be infuriating but it was a good place to widen one's knowledge of things musical. Ian
  14. I can't help, except to prevent you going down a blind alley. Novello's "A Christmas Collection for Organ" contains In Dulci Jubilo and Come, all you worthy gentlemen, but not the one you're after. Ian
  15. I think this may have been Peter Williams' (the Bach guru) arrangements of the complete Opus 7 set, published by Oxford in 1988. I hardly dare disagree with Cynic, who has probably forgotten more than I ever knew about these things, but I rather like the arrangements. I'm not sure if they meet the requirement for "easy", though. Also worth looking at (IMHO) are Andrew Moore's arrangements for manuals only of William Boyce's Eight [Orchestral] Symphonies. They're about the difficult of the average Voluntary for Organ of the period, very tuneful, and fit well on the organ. They were published by Mayhew in 1994. Ian
  16. John Henderson (Dictionary of Composers for Organ) says "He composed only a few pieces", then lists the three already known to Cynic. Ian
  17. I was standing in the Arena. I could see the string players scraping away like crazy on their instruments, but couldn't hear a thing from them. However, in the RAH what you hear depends on exactly where you are so others would have heard the strings more and the organ less. For the record, the organist was Graham Eccles - currently acting DOM at Bangor according to Google. Ian
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    Ast Peter's Nottingham

    Attending a service in St Mary Boltons in West London a few years back, it quickly dawned on me that what I was hearing wasn't what I was expecting. My suspicions were confirmed later by church people - it's a mixture of pipes and electronics that served the purpose perfectly well but wasn't quite the "right" sound. I don't know if it was http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=N17245 or not. The date seems a bit unlikely, but the spec seems, from memory, about right. Perhaps others will know. Ian
  19. Harvey Grace seems to have had a soft spot for this movement. "With a knowledge of the fine Passacaglias by Reger and Karg-Elert the present writer does not hesitate to describe this example of Rheinberger's work as the only rival of Bach's. Indeed, so far as effect is concerned the palm may go to Rheinberger, for it can hardly be denied that some passages in the Bach work - e.g., Variations XV and XVI - suffer from its having been written for the clavicembalo." (From the Notes to his Novello Edition of the Sonata.) Any comments? Ian
  20. Years ago, I arrived at Golders Green to conduct a funeral and found the organist practicing the fugue from the Reubke. I played at Honor Oak about a month ago; it's a Miller toaster, the Sprowston model. Smallish two manual and pedals, no playing aids, separate swell pedals for great/pedal and swell. Doesn't sound wonderful, but not horrible either; I thought the reed was much too loud, though. If you're playing it, watch your head as you go through towards the console - I once really banged my head on the bit of woodwork that holds the panels up. Ian
  21. Widor - Marche Pontificale; because it's fun, and it'd be interesting to see if anyone noticed. Ian
  22. A few years ago, an outfit from the States called the Bethlehem Bach Choir did a Prom, preceded by much hype. I left part way through the first half because I thought they were dreadful - stodgy, dull, much too well upholstered. The frustrating thing was that if they wanted to know how to do it properly all that they needed to do was listen to the orchestra that they'd brought with them. Anyone else hear that concert and agree/disagree with me? Ian
  23. David Willcocks "Postlude on Mendelssohn" in Oxford Book of Christmas Organ Music - maybe starting at bar 9. He's 90 on 30 December, so you'll be celebrating two birthdays at once! Ian
  24. Oh dear - I didn't mean to start anything like this! It happened in a church in what is now Harare in Zimbabwe; I was there from 1972 - 76, so it was sometime in that period. Common sense says that my account is probably not verbatim, but I remember it well because it's a story that I've often told in the appropriate context, so I'm confident that the gist is absolutely right. He was talking about Exeter, and I understood him to be talking about his congregational accompaniments. Ian
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