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Peter Allison

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  1. Its all well and good to employ modern technical devices, but a lot of the younger organist have come to expect a more modern consoles. I met a very young organist who would not play for a well funded recital, because the organ had no aids at all, bar a couple of combination pedals, and no pistons.... his loss prob. And the Polish organ friend who came over, and played a few recitals, and needed a registrant/page turner, apart from the 2 Leeds Town Hall gigs
  2. But as some people have said.... If it was aimed JUST at organists, they would have trouble filling the building, so aiming it at the general public. Like wise, other forms of ensembles are not catered for, and have as big a following, if not more,,,,, brass bands, or so I am told
  3. This looks super cool, what say you??
  4. Rick Wakeman who was in the same era as Keith, made a CD of his own works, played at Lincoln Cathedral
  5. My late father organised a recital there for a foreign organist friend, I recorded it. Was a nice sounding organ, to my ears, but the acoustics, YUK, And it just lost all the piston settings, I had to put them all back from a bit of note paper , for The Suite Gothique ( for a non organist it was nerve wracking)
  6. welcome to this forum. Its not as active now, as it once was, but I guess that is life regards Peter
  7. he had his requiem mass at Durham cathedral, this morning. and it was played quite well, A video of it is on my Face book page some where. As to how long it was, am not sure, as was walking behind the coffin at the time, but stayed near the crossing just to hear the full resources of the H & H :-)
  8. David, you are absolutely right in mentioning "triumphant rather than mournful", I think a funeral, whatever the music, is a great and final opportunity for many, to connect with what the deceased loved in life, plus nearly everyone who will be attending knew him as an organist and lover of organ music (apart from some), and will smile with appreciation,, whist they remember
  9. I know a lot of people say the Widor is passe, it might be, but my dad was unable to ever play it, so every time I was with him, and it was played, he always said "thats what I want" etc, this is why it HAD to have it played, and on a nice organ to boot. When I first mentioned it to my sister, her reply was "whatever"
  10. You mention, Durham Crem, my dad was on the rota of organists there, and was there, all told for over 26 years, until last year
  11. I just wanted some thoughts on this please . My father passed away the other day, up in Durham City. He was a simple village organist ( A psalms and hymn man, he called himself) for many years, since the early 50's. I got the order of service from my sister the other day, and always knew, as he had said more or less every time he heard it," I want THAT piece when they carry me out of church." Imagine my dismay, when I read the music chosen was Bach, Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring, a great standard for such occasions, BUT he is having his "Requiem Mass" in the lovely setting of Durham Cathedra
  12. I have a few of them, and was really pleased to see the one featuring the city of my birth, Durham Cathedral, and a close personal friend of the family, James Lancelot 😉
  13. I raised this very question a while ago..."is anyone here?". I have made a few contributions over the years, but alas I am a "non playing enthusiast", and as such, can only really give so much. I look at this forum, every day, as I am now retired due to health issues, and do not get out much, so I use the PC, as a means of communicating with the outside world, so to speak. And have made a few friends with people, both here, and a certain "social media" website called Face Book
  14. The "proposed" spec looks very good, and will push the organ into "super stardom" in the North West/UK organ scene ?
  15. ....and also in the North East, Newcastle City Hall, which is an H & H
  16. As from the "proper" side of the Pennines? I can only go on the good fortunes of HCH, Leeds and Huddersfield, in that the calibre of recitalists is high, and that their organs are well looked after, and the music programmess are well put together. On "other side of the hills, the likes of Manchester, has 2 newish organs, the Cathedral and the Bridgewater hall. In what is relatively smaller city, is there room for a 3rd large instrument, albeit an organ by the esteemed C-C?, given what is regarded as a cash poor council, (as all councils are)
  17. it is the largest 3 manual, unless Simon Lindley was wrong, ha ha ha. My father organised a couple of recitals there, years ago, and I recorded them, and a few more since (all with permission) its a superb instrument
  18. Thank goodness for Leeds Council, but they have a tradition there of music making and a city organist still, am sure that would have made some difference. But I read a while back that just down the road, Kirklees or Calderdale council, who run the weekly recitals at Huddersfield, where Gordon Stewart is organist.... very nearly came to finishing the concerts at the town hall, so leaving the Willis organ hardly used, which it has kind of backed down from now, it seems. Which is good news, as Leeds is my "go to venue" up here , as they have an amazing concert programme of classical music
  19. A few years ago, I just wrote an e-mail to them, ( St, Sulpice) and received a standard one back, saying to wait at the door/stairs, and someone would take us up. This was in about 2001, not sure what its like now, after all the terrorism there has been in Paris
  20. its a sad fact of life, or so it seems, that most council (Lab/Con/Lib) run places, have no need for any organ, and the money needed to return it to a good condition, is deemed a "waste". Just look at a few miles down the road, in Warrington. It has, what is acknowledged by many, as the "best example", of a C-C, in the UK, And apart from a few very good people, protesting some thing needs doing,,,, its just not going to happen. Ultimately, ANY council in the UK with something that is going to cost a lot, and not give a short term return, is just a waste. Obviously, just my own opinion
  21. I wonder what has given them what seems like a change of mind? New direction, staff changes. I used to go quite often, when I lived in Hull, a few years back, and was always amazed at how such a "historically" regarded instrument, was just kind of left in the state it was in. A couple of members here, held it in very high regard, and one chap was always saying it needed doing, wonder if he had any influence?
  22. other supermarket branded wines are also available ?
  23. James DID move down to Tewkesbury, and its my own personal opinion, that he is one of the top organist/ choir trainers in the UK. Am a tad biased, as have known him and his wife, Sylvia for many years, since he first came to Durham :-)
  24. sorry I forgot, its the Peter Collins (1988) instrument at St. Oswalds church in Durham city, cannot find the NPOR link
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