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Malcolm Riley

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  1. I have a nice, original copy of Jesu Olugbala going spare, Martin. Please email with contact details. Malcolm
  2. With my Whitlock hat on I wonder whether MM would be interested in any of the Compton-related material which is in Whitlock’s diaries? There are a couple of letters also in Whitlock’s widow’s diaries (which she wrote after Percy’s death) from John Compton and Jimmy Taylor. Edna Whitlock gave most of Whitlock’s organ library to Taylor. I think some of this eventually ended up with Felton Rapley and Robert Munns. PW was a frequent visitor to the Compton ‘woiks’ In the ‘30s. I would be happy to share anything we have in the Whitlock Archive. I for one can’t wait to read the frui
  3. <h2> <span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">If it's of any interest to MM for his 'Great Work', Percy Whitlock's diaries are littered with occasional references to Comptons. I append a small selection to whet his appetite.</span></span></h2> <h2> <em>Wednesday 11 July 1934</em></h2> <p> </p> <p>... Jimmy Taylor turned up, came to the flat for Tea, & passed my St Stephen’s [bournemouth] scheme with one suggestion which I think is an improvement. Comptons are doing a £10,00
  4. Further notes on James I Taylor: Leslie Barnard wrote to me in March 1984 with this impression of Jim Taylor, a 'great and well loved character... He was famous for his extraordinary powers at extemporary playing but he was also an excellent player from the dots, when he had time to get up a programme, and he broadcast several recitals from B[roadcasting] H[ouse] in the thirties, playing the standards - Bach, Franck, Karg-Elert, Guilmant etc. He was not one to boast but it WAS his harmless boast that he had played services for every denomination in the book, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Anglo
  5. JAMES ISAAC TAYLOR - COMPTON'S RIGHT HAND MAN I've gleaned a little further background inforrmation on JIT. He was born in Radford, Notts in 1892, the only child of Henry Taylor (a church caretaker - very useful for a son who's interested in organs, I should imagine!) and Clara Ann Taylor. By 1911 JIT had moved away from his parents' home (he's not listed with them on the Census), though I haven't managed to locate him - yet. JIT married Lilian D Skinner in Nottingham in 1919. Her brother, Roy Skinner, would later work for the John Compton Organ Co. According to Leslie Barnard the
  6. Someone who knew everyone well at the pre-war Compton Works was Leslie Barnard, who died just about a year ago, aged 95. I have kept all of Leslie's letters over a 30 year period and they often mention J I Taylor. Leslie certainly kept in touch with one of JIT's sons into the 1980s. I shall have to go for a good rummage in the archives and will report back any relevant findings to the Forum. JIT could demonstrate any organ and in any style. He might just be recognizable on the ITN footage of the Queen's re-opening of St Bride's, Fleet Street. There is a VHS transfer of this somewhere, appa
  7. Someone who knew Philip Dore very well from the 1930s until his death in 1974 is Leslie Barnard. now 93, and residing in an old folks' home near Havant. The October 1993 Whitlock Trust Newsletter includes Leslie's reminiscences of Dore. I could let you have a photocopy if you're interested. I also have a few photos of 'Jumbo', as he was known to his intimates. Dore recorded several 78 rpm sides on the Pavilion organ for Parlophone, c 1930, which I have on cassette. They're very much of their time but show what Dore was capable of drawing from the Compton, which was only a year or so old. I
  8. Having not attended an Ally Pally event before my wife and I weren't sure what to expect. The audience was certainly most appreciative. I should guess that there were 150+ in attendance. The PA system worked quite well though it would help if those using the mic held it to their mouths and not by their chests! Francis (introduced simply as 'the player') included his beautiful and serenely autumnal Sixth Sonata, commissioned by Graham Barber for performance at St Bart's, Armley and dedicated to the memory of the sorely-missed Geoffrey de Coup Crank. Another gem was Henry Smart's Andante in F, w
  9. Further to the comments about organ recital organisers, there were one or two interesting moments during Dr Francis Jackson's recital yesterday afternoon at Ally Pally. On two occasions Tannoy announcements could be heard filtering through from another part of the complex (the Ice Rink, perhaps) and the custodians of the organ seemed to think nothing of wandering around during the recital, both in the organ gallery (in full view) and in front of the close-circuit TV screens). This was rather distracting and a discourtesy to Dr Jackson whose playing was as vivid and hugely enjoyable as ever. Hi
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