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  1. Having returned to the site today after a protracted absence it was a great sadness to come across this item. I too have fond memories of JJ being a pupil at KEGS when he was on the staff and a regular attender at evensong in the cathedral and at the Golden Fleece or Lion and Lamb afterwards.What a different world that was: what teacher today would dare to sit in the bar of a public house with some of his sixth form pupils whom he would have known were not of an age to be there? Not that I suffered in any way from the experience: on the contrary, I think it was he and his playing that started
  2. But in the case of Hull City Hall some of the percussion stops, Pedal Drums, Choir Celesta and Solo Chimes & Glockenspiel ("Steel Bars") were put there in 1911 ! Sir Edward Bairstow famously wrote a letter deploring the inclusion of these "vulgar" contraptions. Compton certainly added more, and was responsible for the extended Tibia on the Solo , but the existence of these stops from before the First World War surely suggests that this instrument was conceived as a dual purpose one from its inception. Brian Childs
  3. Having been away from the Board for some time I had missed this item. A sad loss. As a student in Hull I attended a good many of Peter's recitals, the programmes for which I still have somewhere, not least the celebrity programme for the recital to mark his 50th birthday. By way of information for anyone interested the Guilmant Sonata on the Vista LP is Number 5, not number 2. Anyone able to access the recording of the Cook Fanfare will get to hear not only the Orchestral Trumpet but also the Bombarde and finally the Tubas. I have a letter from Peter in which he stated that he had alternat
  4. I made a modest contribution to the appeal fund when I was in Malta last May. I was moved to do so by the notice adjacent to the contribution box which read, to the best of my recollection: "The good news is that there is plenty of money to restore the organ: the bad news is that it is still in other people's pockets." Someone on this forum might find a use for that. As an aside, when visiting St John's Cathedral I was somewhat surprised on entering the building to be met by the sound of Whitlock's Toccata from the Plymouth Suite, complete with Tuba and assertive pedal reeds which it seeme
  5. Could anyone please tell me the title/number of the "more recent recording" mentioned in Jonathan's post. I know it is not "Restored to Glory" (Trotter) because a tiny print footnote indicates the Bells had not been installed at the time the CD was recorded. The only other CD of which I am aware is the Dupre disc with Van Oosten , which I have but do not recall hearing them unless possibly at the end of Cortege and Litanie. I would hate to think that there is a CD recorded on an English Town Hall organ missing from my collection!! Brian Childs
  6. In an ideal world this is certainly so. Regrettably we do not live in an ideal world. Amongst the many possible explanations/excuses one might consider 1. Authors who deliver copy late and/ or with illegible manuscript amendments AND then go incommunicado switching off their phones and not responding to e-mail ! Journals are produced to a deadline and with a specified number of pages. If the day for sending the stuff to the printer has arrived, but the author has not been able to be contacted, the choice may be between going with the text as it stands or "pulling" the offending piece,
  7. I think I must own up to not being one of the "erudite" members of this board : neither am I a professional musician. I simply listen to it for the pleasure it gives me which puts me firmly in the majority as regards the population as a whole if not the membership of this board. That may explain why I have some difficulty in seeing this situation in quite such dramatic terms. Koopman's is a Bach sound and style but why on earth should it be regarded as the only one ? I do not know (and neither in fact does anyone else) but I am fairly certain in my own mind that Bach did not play his own music
  8. I am afraid I cannot come up with a Youtube recording : indeed the only recording of this piece that I know of is on an LP recorded by Alan Spedding in Beverley Minster in 1972 (RCA VICS 1738 :"The Organ of Beverley Minster") Perhaps E-Bay might yield a copy ? I did hear Dr Spedding play this piece in the Middleton Hall in the University of Hull some time in the late 1960s, so he had it his repertoire at that time. I recall that he is either just about to or has just retired from his post at the Minster but you might be able to contact him via there and if he were willing to do so he obviousl
  9. Whilst I second the point about the wisdom of avoiding over reaction, I too agree with the general tenor of replies so far. Apart from announcements which fall into the categories of "The Church is on fire and everyone should leave now" / "There is an escaped lion wandering about the churchyard and everyone should stay in the building" it is difficult to imagine anything likely to arise during the course of the service of such urgency that it requires an announcement to be made there and then : it is,of course, quite easy to imagine numerous instances where people wish to retrieve a situation
  10. Among many other accomplishments Dorothy Sayers' creation, Lord Peter Wimsey, could play the organ and Percy Whitlock dedicated one of his works to "DLS and Harriet [Vane]", who must be one of relatively few fictional characters to be the dedicatee of a piece of music.
  11. The piece to which your link sends me is a transcription of March of the Bowmen from the Robin Hood Suite (1936) by Frederic Curzon (1899-1973) a celebrated composer of light music who was at one time head of the light music department at Boosey & Hawkes. It was a popular item with theatre organists, and I have a recording of it by Gerald Shaw on the organ of the Odeon , Manchester which is now in Stockport Town Hall. The sleeve of this denotes Boosey & Hawkes as the copyright holders, presumably of the original orchestral version. I do not know of a published organ arrangement but hop
  12. And if your tastes incline that way then you can get yourself a seasonal souvenir in the form of a CD of Christmas carols recorded there in 2002(York CD 169 Andrew Carter's Christmas Carols ) with a bespoke choir apparently assembled for the occasion and John Scott at the organ. A little different from your 25 all time favourites CD but nothing to frighten the horses.
  13. I do not think it is so much a question of the compiler's preferences (he does not expressly state any, though the implication is obvious) as of what he felt at liberty to reject. I took what was written to mean that the compiler did not feel able to deny a place to the least objectionable tunes but was prepared to do so to the more objectionable ones.
  14. Surely that would depend on how you chose to present your comment. If you forego use of the "I" word and/ or are careful about your phraseology you might manage it might you not ? Obviously, calling yourself X and then writing "at my recent recital at Christminster Abbey" or wherever is unlikely to retain the feline within the confines of the receptacle but what if you wrote "I have it on impeccable authority (ie myself) that the recent recitalist at Christminster Abbey told his partner that he found it impossible to take what he was asked to play seriously but was not prepared to pass on the
  15. "I don't see that one's own degree of prominence is of any signiicance. I am a very insignificant provincial organist of no great skill, although I, like to think, a more able choir trainer and conductor. Its more a point of principal, if you believe in what you say why hide beneath an alias?" Whilst in principle I, like you, tend to favour openess, it is possible to think of a couple of practical reasons which would make people wish, or even need, to resort to an alias First, some people have day jobs and need to consider the sensitivity of their position (ie usually main source of
  16. I have somewhere a letter from Philip Marshall written in response to an enquiry I made of him shortly after the Lincoln LP in the Great Cathedral Organ Series was released - two foolscap pages of single spaced typing when the usual response to such queries(if any at all) was a few words on a "With compliments" slip . A true gentleman. In that letter he wrote of admiring the brilliance of the Willis at Lincoln but missing the warmth of Ripon, and although he did not go so far as to express an outright preference for Ripon in terms the implication was certainly there "between the lines". He ce
  17. But I have n't switched off for half-term ! In fact I have been quite assiduous in reading posts of late. Brian Childs
  18. Those members of this board who subscribe to Organists' Review will find that the November issue contains an article by the creators of this project, outlining the thinking behind it and how it was made.
  19. There are surely two quite distinct reasons why you might want "bums on seats" which may, but certainly do not have to, have the same objective in view: 1. You may want access to the wallets and pocket books which accompany the aforesaid posteriors 2. You wish to introduce more people to the concept of "serious" organ music. As far as (1) is concerned those who have the responsibility for funding the running expenses of a substantial pipe organ will be only too aware of the costs involved . If the choice is attract more funds or order a skip then the decision to widen the pool of p
  20. Unlike at least one person here I found the Statham performance of Bach's Dorian Fugue inspirational and of far greater help in getting into the music than some other more "authentic" performances in my collection. Likewise I really enjoyed Jimmy Biggs' performance of the Dupre from St George's New York : much more to my taste than eg that of Rolande Falcinelli at Meundon. I suppose that just goes to show that one man's meat......
  21. Yes VPS 1030 The Organ in Ely Cathedral (recorded by Michael Smythe in January 1976). The other pieces are Bach BWV 532, Marchand Basse de trompette , Liszt BACH, Louis Couperin Chacone in C, Franck B minor Choral. Brian Childs
  22. It is indeed a different recording done by Brian Culverhouse for Chandos in 1974 which first saw the light of day so far as I can trace on Polydor Select 2460 225. Right next to it on my shelves was my copy of English Organ Music 1690 -1790 (CBS 61495) by Piet Kiel Jr mentioned in an earlier post. I have always assumed that the surname was a misprint for Kee which slipped by the proof reader - the bigger the type the easier it is not to notice and the more embarrassing when somebody else does !! Does anyone actually know ? The cover picture is a very nice reproduction from Canaletto's "Vie
  23. Or Saga 5339 - Volume 4 of the Saga Golden Treasury of Organ Music series. Unfortunately the surfaces on my copy were so poor that it was all but unlistenable and they certainly impaired appreciation of the performance which is why I have not heard it for years. I'll also add my name to those who like the Fricker Pastorale whether played by David Lepine at Coventry, FJ at York or Melville Cook at Hereford. The first Bach LP I ever acquired was Anton Heiller playing a Marcussen on the Phillips label and his performance of BWV731 on that would probably be one of my desert island choices
  24. I agree. One might add that transcriptions were what many threatened town hall organs were designed to play along with Bach in a style that might well cause some members here to have a seizure - guaranteed if I add that I actually like to hear it played that way from time to time. It may not be authentic but it is a great deal more exciting than some historically informed performances Ihave heard in my time. One could also add that the great majority of "working organists" by which term I mean those who play for church services, wedding celebrations and at crematoria [??] perforce have to
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