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Peter Allison

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  1. another thought, and it MAY have some bearing, although negligible.... I was looking through my CD collection (which is now on a PC) and a great number of discs by Priory, in the GEO series, feature many organists playing music that to many I think, would not be played at a recital... even if it was a collection of organist🤔I know I have seen a few really nice instruments, but on reading the track listing, I put it straight back on the shelf. Likewise, when going to recitals/concerts, if the programme is NOT available before entering the place, I avoid going. I once went to support a loc
  2. That is good news. It brings back good memories of when I went to most of the Bank Holiday recitals in Tim Hones time there (as was self employed and they were the only ones I could attend). A friend of ours, a Colin Wood of Sunderland allowed me to make one of my first recordings there, on an old reel to reel in 1986
  3. I lived a couple of miles from Coxwold, a few years ago, passed the church every day nearly, but never went in.... as Easingwold was our church at the time
  4. As a "non player", I have been to 100's of recitals all over from 1977 until 2019, and for me there is nothing worse than travelling many miles, paying an entrance fee and finally getting a programme with music by some composers I have never heard of. Transcriptions... I can take them or leave them, realising that at certain Town Hall venues, they are expected, but I get the Mahler thing (I recorded one in York Minster with permission of the recitalist and RS). I organised my own recital a few months ago, with an eminent player, good church, quality programme etc, and more advertising
  5. Very sad news. I only heard her the once, at York Minster in July of 2011
  6. A friend of mine was going to make a professional recording at Coventry about a year ago or 2 (with Wayne Marshall), they wanted just over £3000 for the recording session. So as it was a tad rich for his blood, they had the good fortune to go to a large church in Portugal with a new ish large organ, and record for free (was an RC church)
  7. A few years ago the Durham University along with James Lancelot and the amazing Cathedral Organ, made and produced a good DVD of the Elgar Sonata, complete with interviews of scholars of the subject (I think)
  8. James Lancelot had H & H build one for his large sitting room when he was at Durham
  9. found this, it was set up a few weeks ago, and his U Tube channel has been going for a year or so https://pipesandposts.com/
  10. A few years ago, my best friend who passed away a couple of days ago, (David Rogers) made a visit, when I lived in Hull, and were given free reign, so used "both" keys to get the blowers working, (you were asked to use just the one key for practising apparently) and David just improvise for a couple of hours, and took his recorder, and recorded everything. Its one of those days that I will remember for a long time
  11. I agree, his organ knowledge was extraordinary, and he was a very quiet ( but could be stubborn) his acquaintances in the organ world were much talked about. He made many commercial recordings for the likes of Paul Derett and always had good reviews. He went everywhere with his "bag of tricks", a simple portable DAT recorder and his 80's Tandy PZM microphones. The last time I actually saw him was at Leeds Town Hall, and he had just stuck his mics on the stage to record Jonathan Scott (last January) I spoke to him the day before he passed, and he was in good spirits. I moved down to Slea
  12. I am sad to say this great personal friend, passed away yesterday (Thursday). What he did not know about organs, was not worth knowing. Some of the members on this forum may have been recorded at their recitals?🙂
  13. I like the Scott brothers, and have seen all the recordings, they show great musicianship and Tom is a fantastic photographer/videographer/sound engineer and pianist. Long may they continue to entertain
  14. I have a good friend who has original recordings on spool tape, that was recorded on in the 50's. And I have a couple of standard C90 cassettes that were used to make my first organ recordings on, in 1986. A lot of the vintage stuff may still work IF they are kept in the right conditions and looked after (and make copies/backups). the record label "Hyperion" seemed to have an issue with some recorded CD's a while back, so it seems even relatively new media can fail. I now have a backup of a backup of my "non organ" music plus the original CD's
  15. I have a Zoom H4 Pro, and previously a Zoom H2, and used the other mediums that Collin mentioned, except Mini Disk (I used a Sony DAT). As have mentioned on here before, I am a "non player", but knew more about the works of the organ, composers etc, than my late father, who was an organist from the late 40's until he died, last year. I have always asked for permission before recording anyone, from David Briggs etc to a humble village organist just rehearsing the hymns. I have over 300 recordings I can lay my hands on at the press of a few keys on the PC. They are an invaluable tool in the ri
  16. I was having a look on the "Old Hull" Facebook page, and came across this photo. I am not sure if its been posted on this forum before, But knowing a few people know its history after this happened, I thought they might enlighten us again
  17. just to point out that in over 200 recitals I have recorded, I have ALWAYS asked for permission to do so from both the organist and the place its being recorded. I have very rarely come across an emphatic no, apart from one at York Minster. I have recordings of the late John Scott, David Sanger and Carlo Curley, as well as Nathan Laube, Graham Barber and David Briggs (at York Minster) etc
  18. Did John Scott Whiteley not make a recording for Priory on the Sheffield organ, seem to remember a GEO one
  19. He is VERY particular about recording him though. I made a midnight recording of him playing just 4 pieces, many years ago... But when I have asked him if I can record him in recital, he always says no, nicely of course. As he thinks that if he knows someone is recording, then he is "playing to the mics". I kind of get that, but at the same time it tends to be a generation thing, going buy all the U Tubes videos and other social media items
  20. A friend and I had a "lock in" at City Hall, for a couple of hours. Just 2 of us with a digital recorder.... happy days
  21. People spend thousands on reproduction gear (Hi Fi) and the organ is one of those things that just cannot, cross over well. There has been one exception tho ( a very personal one) I went to hear an American organist at St Pauls, a few weeks ago, and yes, its a magnificent organ, BUT I preferred the recorded sounds of the late John Scott (and others) when playing on Full Organ, as the "live" sound was just a mush, it may have something to do with the seating, that was under the dome
  22. it will be on "catch up" or another such BBC thing, so can record it at anytime I would have thought
  23. was Thalben Ball a great improviser? According to his book he was
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