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  1. Last Sunday afternoon at St Paul's , Simon Johnson played a programme entirely made up of transcriptions, beginning with the Clarke Trumpet Voluntary - using the West Trumpets. Through Maurice Greene, Handel, the Barber Adagio, finishing with Maurice Besly's arrangement of the Stravinsky Berceuse & Finale from The Firebird. It was a treat to have the Dome Console in use, generally not the case for Sunday recitals. The programme noted that Simon has just recorded a DVD (for Priory I think) using this console. Next week (24th January) the Organ Scholar Tim Harper is joined by Mic
  2. I also made the mistake of attending Wayne Marshall's recital. I should have known better, as I have heard him play before. What I find very curious, is that my ears detect great musicality emanating from Mr Marshall. And this whilst I hear him, yet again, destroying the music by trying to prove how clever he is by playing so fast. And then there are the full organ climaxes. Over and over and over again he goes for full organ. And frankly, as far as I am concerned, full organ at the RAH needs to be used sparingly. Maybe no more than twice in a recital. He would probably register a Bach
  3. The organ was used to accompany services in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Alan
  4. The Blackpool Tower has a pipe organ. Alan
  5. In the early 1970s this church had a 3 manuel Willis which was in bad health. This organ was replaced by a 2 manuel tracker organ built by Bishops of Ipswich. The Bishop organ was far to small for the building and the action was very heavy. I have no idea of what is now in place. Maybe David Wyld will be kind enough to loof up the details of the Willis organ? Alan
  6. I would also like to add my appreciation for the visit to St Paul’s. The new reeds, both chorus and tubas are very fine. And certainly fit like a glove to the rest of the organ. Mander’s have done a first class job in matching the new reeds to the Willis organ. But, I wonder if I am alone in regretting the loss of the old tubas? We were also lucky to have Michael Broadway present. Michael tunes both the organ in St Paul’s and indeed the RAH organ. Both organs having to be tuned at night. Thank you too all concerned for an informative and interesting evening. Alan
  7. And what was was the answer? Alan
  8. I also wish to add my appreciation of our visit to Worcester Cathedral. It was a day full of interest. The cathedral made a wise decision in both ordering a new organ and in its inspired choice of organ builder. Our host, Adrian, was both witty and informative. At one stage, Adrian asked the assembled company if there was anything we felt was missing from the new organ. I suggested a diaphone, but my suggestion of adding a diaphone Chamades wasn’t met with his approval. A lot has been written about our generous hosts. I want to thank the members of this board that performed on the orga
  9. Many thanks Simon. Please count me in. Alan
  10. Two more for the day please Adrian. Alan
  11. I paste below, with the full permmision of Ian Bell, up to date information on this organ. Ian's posting was on another list. Alan I am not sure this organ is really on-topic on this list anyway? But since the subject has been aired... As I say, this is a scare story – those circulating it are implying that the organ is under threat of being scrapped, which it is not of course, and either do not know - or are not telling - the important bits of the story. The image of an uncaring local authority carelessly destroying our wonderful heritage is just not aligned with the facts! I appr
  12. A modern bell is tuned to hum the octave above and below the strike note. Plus a minor third and a major fifth above the strike note. Alan
  13. It isn't a hybrid. It is a very large electronic organ. The pipe organ was dismantled afetr 9/11. The case of the pipe organ hides the loudspeakers. Alan
  14. Stephen Bicknell's memorial concert was attended by about 200 people. Including famous organists and organ builders. The noise whilst the last piece was performed was not unlike a crowded pub at closing time. Alan
  15. Could this be the organ that was given its first recital by Garret O'Brian who was then at St Thomas’s? I went along with Garret for his recital. The organ was simply dreadful. A hymn machine had been rebuilt into a screeching banche. Just about no use at all in accompanying hymns. When asked by its creator what I thought about the new organ, I replied it only lacked two things. Namely a gallon of petrol and a match. Alan
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