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  1. For one reason or another I stumbled across this post and read the thread from the beginning with an increased sense of excitement and intrigue as I went as I was unaware of the final result. It's a great thread with a great out come, and worth re-reading. 1) I knew this organ from a very long time ago, and I was very confused about where it was when I last went to Turner Sims (to see Harvey and the Wallbangers!) last year. 2) My goodfather and Uncle was a prison chaplain at Holsley and then priest of Shottisham, Bawdsey, Sutton and Alderton for many years and was a frequent visitor to Orford. I love the Suffolk coast for this reason. 3) Referring back to the discussion of Snape Maltings, there never was room for an organ there, which is why Peter Pears commissioned a chamber organ on wheels from Peter Hindmarsh back in 1974. I will look forward to seeing the organ in Orford next time I am over that way, which will be quite soon.
  2. Hi Richard About St Giles Cripplegate........ I have asked Rick Wakeman several times about where he recorded the organ parts for 'Close to the Edge' and he always claims Rock and Roll amnesia. I always suspected it was St Giles Cripplegate because of his other work there, and also because it sounds like it (based on my organ lessons there 15 years ago.....) So can you quote a source for this information????? Many thanks...... Chris
  3. I have to say that when I heard St Catherine's Cambrige, both fairly regularly as a student and at the ICO in the late '80's, that was a remarkable organ. Much overlooked. However the one in Sidney Sussex that I played almost every day for 3 years was not so good (and may be replaced shortly).
  4. On 17th September I went to hear the first concert with the new V/88 Rieger in Shanghai. I've never been a fan of modern concert hall organs, but this didn't sound too interesting or characterful for its size, and actually managed to look like an electronic organ, even at a budget of around 2.5 M USD (see Rieger website). What made me laugh was the fact that the colourful and well produced brochure for the concert had a single photograph of the new organ, measuring 11 mm by 8 mm. That is to say, you could only just see it. However on pages 3, 5 and 7 there was a full page colour photograph of St Ignatius Loyola organ (slightly fuzzy and perhaps downloaded off the web?). There was some text on these pages explaining the music and the instrument. This seemed a very good advert for Manders (in the context of the opening of a Rieger organ), so 8 days and a little research later, in between watching my Aunt's flamenco troupe in New Jersey and an appointment with a very large fossil tree in the New York State Museum in Albany, I dropped in to hear Mr Tritle put the Mander through its paces. The St Ignatius organ was the best 20th Century instrument I have heard, and was well played in a well judged recital that showed off not only it's French 'flavour' but how good classical organ music sounds on it too. Remarkable to my ears. And a warm welcome and tour of the organ for anyone interested afterwards. So thanks Rieger, for indirectly sending me to hear this wonderful instrument. Well worth the journey to NY. Shame it is not in the UK!
  5. Can anyone enlighten me on the pipe inscriptionsnumbers of the various ranks at Farnborough (ie what is engraved into the botom C of any/each rank)? I have tried at least one obvious source to no avail! Many thanks, Chris
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