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  1. At very long last I feel that I do have something of possible interest to add to the profound and erudite discussions in this splendid forum; it is good to have returned from the brain dead. I write to recall that during a lesson with Ralph Downes at the RCM he told me that while planning the design of the organ to be built in the RFH he looked over the Albert Hall instrument and the quality of the H and H work convinced him that they should be the builders for the the new RFH organ. I like the 'flight' story: it reminds me of the time, many years ago, when on Radio 3 an LP of music
  2. Some ten years ago my church PCC decided to send our greatly loved and deeply cherished Hymns Old and New to the everlasting bonfire and, for its replacement, they whittled down their final selection to CP and NEH. I perused both books carefully with a choirmaster friend and we both came to the conclusion that Common Praise probably had it just by a short head. NEH seems more suited to those churches that tend toward Anglo Catholicism, which we do not. All of which is my long winded way of saying that IMO David Drinkell has got it spot on. David Harrison
  3. Not a visual reference to the silver screen this time but a morsel which has stuck in my mind long after I saw the film “Surprise Package” with Yul Brynner as a gangster and Noel Coward a deposed monarch. The film was not in itself particularly noteworthy but one small section near the beginning remains fondly in my memory: the two characters were discussing the circumstances of the king’s overthrowing and his former majesty had just arrived at the part of the story where a bomb was let off, blowing up the cathedral organ. At this point the storyline was briefly interrupted; after the distrac
  4. This is probably not the right topic for my narrative, but it involves the choice of music for a Eucharist at one of our Great English Cathedrals. A visiting choir was expected and so, also, were the details for the setting and motet. Despite the best and continued efforts of the Cathedral Organist to find these out from the visiting choir’s director, answer, as they say, came there none. How would you have filled in the blanks? It would, I think, have been almost impossible to improve upon the solution arrived at by the CO for the cathedral music list: suffice to say that the details
  5. It seems that organs can crop up in what appear at first to be unlikely scenarios. Recently I found myself watching an ITV feature film about the serial killer John George Haigh, who flourished, if that is 'le mot juste', just after the Second World War. He had discovered a novel way of disposing of his victims, id. est., by letting them luxuriate in what the press called an acid bath. It is difficult for we organists and choirmasters, who lead quite blameless lives, filled with the doing of good works for our fellow men and women, to realise that there was at least one musician out there
  6. Thanks Jim; fair point. Sorry if you thought I was being a bit heavy handed, but as you know there has been quite a lot of mud slung around various parts of this forum and I'm glad you have put me right! David Harrison
  7. I should like to think that Jim Treloar dashed off his message about Mr Carpenter without giving quite enough thought to his comment about Mr Curley. I don’t know Mr Curley well, but on the few occasions that I have had the pleasure of meeting him I have found him to be extremely likeable, very kind and considerate and excellent company. Certainly he has a flamboyant presentational style and expresses himself with great confidence, but I think that Mr Treloar may well have given an impression of Carlo that, I hope, he didn’t mean. David Harrison
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