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  1. On 27/04/2020 at 18:06, Philip Moore said: When I first arrived at the Minster in 1983, the Octave and Suboctaves worked on the Tuba Mirabilis. Unless every note was bang in tune, it could sound terrible even with either one of the couplers. Those stops are at their best in single notes, iMHO. In 1990 we decided not to connect them and I never missed them. There is an amusing tale related to the above function being removed from that stop during the 1993 rebuild (with all due deference to Philip): One of the pieces for which Francis Jackson has been closely associat
  2. All best wishes, John. Apart from the continuation of your father's much admired work , the provision of this forum is something for which we are grateful!
  3. I can well imagine that there will be a variety of opinions about a possible return to the levels of decibels in former days! There seems to be so much history to this greatly admired instrument set in a building that (?) Dallam described as being "greedy for sound" I really hope that the consultants and chapter will have given proper consideration as to whether a dynamic/proper long term solution addressing the need for adequate and generous support for congregational singing, after the manner of more than a few Cathedrals in the UK and places abroad, might not involve siting of a large
  4. This strictly speaking is not an appointment either... However the matter has been discussed in these parts before now and to cut to the chase its good news! The Archbishop of Canterbury has today conferred Lambeth Degrees on (amongst others): Dr Francis Jackson and Dr Martin Neary A cause for rejoicing... http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/2649/archbishop-of-canterbury-awards-lambeth-degrees
  5. Hello again, It has been announced (on the Canterbury Old Choristers website): that there will be a Service of Thanksgiving in memory of Dr Wicks to be held in Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 21st May at 2.30pm. There is also an extensive obituary in Friday's Church Times by Philip Moore - Organist Emeritus of York ( & assistant at Canterbury 1968-74) Regards PL
  6. The notice in the paper gives the following information: Dr Allan WICKS (CBE) died peacefully at home on 4th February. Dearly loved husband of Elizabeth and loving father of Lalu and Jo, grandfather of Charlotte, George and Charlie. Funeral Service in Wye Parish Church (Ashford) Kent at 2.30pm on Monday 22nd February 2010. Thanksgiving Service in Canterbury Cathedral to be announced. Family flowers only, donations to The Alzheimers Society or The Voices Foundation c/o Earl & Co, Albemarle Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent TN24 0HL Tel 01233 620522. PL
  7. [quote name='Paul Walton' date='Apr 5 2009, 09:37 PM' post='45414' Norman Cocker's original scheme, for those interested, was as follows: Screen Great 59. Bourdon 16 60. Major diapason 8 61. Geigen diapason 8 62. Claribel flute 8 63. Octave 4 64. Flûte harmonique 4 65. Rauschquint (12 15) 66. Harp celesta (tenor C) 8 67. Harp celesta 4 (from 66) not affected by octave couplers (Screen Gt excluded from final scheme - I believe on cost grounds) Hello, There was disagreement about whether the Screen Organ should be re-instituted following the destruction of the former
  8. Thanks Its knowing where recent examples exist so one can make ones mind up - the problem being they are a little thin on the ground! I am in the North West. I presume the Bolton Town Hall Organ is probably the closest example nearby with such a stop. Best Wishes PL
  9. Does anyone know of recent examples produced in this country by Walker / Pennells & Sharp and how good they are? Am thinking of 16' Trombones or I suppose Fagots, and the like. Any opinions and thoughts/information would be welcome Thanks Philip Lowe Manchester (Previously posted in "Nuts & Bolts" Forum but little response!)
  10. Does anyone know of recent examples produced in this country by Walker / Pennells & Sharp and how good they are? Am thinking of 16' Trombones or I suppose Fagots, and the like. Any opinions and thoughts/information would be welcome Thanks Philip Lowe Manchester
  11. Thanks for asking Malcolm... I'm sure I can't have been the only one who was present to see and hear Francis Jacksons recital in York Minster yesterday evening.. Canon Webster introduced the.recital by saying that this year has been a very full and busy one for Francis and his family.! "His (and Mrs J's) 90th birthdays, his receiving the CBE,…… and Dr. J has also acquired a new hip joint..! Please will you welcome our Organist Emeritus and Medical Miracle Dr F.J. ..." The applause was longer than most get after the recital. I think the thing to say was that he got through the programm
  12. PETER VAN DE VELDE (Antwerp Cathedral) Symphony I (1899)-- Guy WEITZ Offertoire: Assumpta est Maria-- Hendrik ANDRIESSEN Paraphrase - Carillon -- Charles TOURNERMIRE (L'Orgue Mystique 35: Office for the Assumption) Four Transcriptions:---- J.S.BACH Ertodt uns durch dei Gute - Cantata 22 arr Flor Peeters Sicilienne (from Sonata for solo flute BWV 1031) arr Louis Vierne Loure (after the Bourees of the suite for cello BWV 1009) arr Joseph Callaerts Presto (from Cantata 35) arr Alex. Guilmant Salve Regina --- Naji HAKIM & Bach'
  13. Hello, If people wish to try again to pursue a knighthood for FJ, then they should not be discouraged from so-doing, and there is patently no lack of support. A petition might make the difference. I will happily add my name. However with these things it often feels like "banging one's head against a brick wall", and it is very "hit and miss". He was overwhelmed with the CBE and the writer who commented that the "good wishes, respect and affection of all concerned probably is what means most" speaks wisely. 'Himself' still plans AFAIK to give the annual minster recital on August 16th which i
  14. Hello, I thought you might appreciate an update regarding "FJ". He is now out of hospital and making a slow but steady recovery. He has every intention of giving the annual minster recital on August 16th, but I suppose we will have to see. In his own words, he achieved two "firsts", yesterday evening: the first being present at a farewell concert for his successor Philip Moore - a splendid occasion given by the gentlemen of the Minster choir accompanied by Richard McVeigh and conducted by Lee Dunleavy - as he said, Noble nor Bairstow were present in a similar capacity for their successor,
  15. Yes, the later recording (which I received as a favourite 15th birthday present!) happened (I think) in the period after the upheavals of restoration to the minster in the early 1970's, prior to the 32' reed being resited in the South Transept from its former home in the North Choir Aisle c. 1978/79. Thus being inactive at that time. Various parts of the organ had needed to come out for the work on the Central Tower including the sections within the screen (Solo & Pedal). During the this time the main case was enveloped in what was effectively a huge plastic bag, but according to Dr.Jacks
  16. Dr Jackson is in good spirits and making steady progress. It sounds as though "slow and steady" is the best way it should be for healing of the fracture, at this stage. I understand he was naturally very disappointed to have to cancel several recitals including the premiere of Fantasy & Fugue on 'Clerkenwell' - at Clerkenwell and a recital at Sheffield, but hopes to play at the Minster in August, which will clearly be a great 'spur to recovery! Without doubt the good wishes and affection which abound, and have been voiced in these channels have reached him. Best Wishes Philip Lowe
  17. Will this actually be four? What is happening to the Organ Scholar post - not advertised this year as far as I know. Best Wishes PL
  18. Peter, The composers name is Caleb (E.) Jarvis. I have a vague recollection of something of his having been published by Peters / Hinrichsen and there were other pieces in - but now long since- out-of-print regards Philip
  19. Hello, I played the choir organ in St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral, Brussels to accompany a large choral group , 2 years ago. The people at the Cathedral were most helpful. A problem I did have was recognising which stop did what. Some of them are divided, and if I recall rightly the departments of the instrument are not shown, though I think the stops do have names! I was very glad of having some (removable) coloured sticky labels with me, which saved the day, in the limited time available prior to our performance, these greatly helped recognition of the right stop. It seems quite p
  20. * Could Mr Mander fill us in on the background to this news?? * Thank you
  21. Hi, There is an arrangement in an RSCM Festival Service Book (Purple cover I think ) No. 8 . The organ arrangement is by Francis Jackson. See: an old review which mentions this http://www.jstor.org/view/00274666/ap030880/03a00430/0 Best wishes Philip
  22. I suppose its hard to single out one particular work - many of those mentioned: e.g. the Willan, the Statham Rhapsody on a ground, the Elgar op.28 are marvellous pieces- The Elgar Sonata always "comes over" to me as an orchestral work(very successfully) transcribed for the organ (look at the last movement) in contrast to one of my favourites, the Bairstow Sonata of 1937 which is a marvellous 'canvas' conceived & written mostly on the Isle of Arran, and to my mind - in a generous acoustic - akin to a depiction of a great seascape with many atmospheric moments (e.g. the haunting 2nd theme)
  23. I think there is a most important future for the IAO & local associations, working hand-in-hand with other organisations I do feel quite strongly about this and think we would do well to take a more considered view of what the IAO and local associations achieve, specifically & more generally - reaching those who for example cannot or do not wish to subscribe as a member of the RCO It is my impression that there are more than a few associations that do a tremendous job, work hard at "outreach" - that realise there are benefits to be had from having a "presence" on the web ie havin
  24. It has been announced that Philip Moore, Organist & Master of the Music since 1983 is to retire at the end of summer term 2008 having held the position with distinction for 25 years. I understand he played a fine recital on Saturday evening concluding the 2007 minster recital series. No doubt the betting shops will be open in due course with regard to a successor! Best Wishes Philip
  25. "There is also a problem with some(!) of our bellows, they leak air therefore the wind pressure is not tip top which does lead to a rather anticlimax when using some of the louder stops, the effect sounds rather French as the whole pitch of the organ suddenly drops." Having attended several of this years recitals and experienced audibly the drop in wind pressure on some of the organ stops, I understand from the minster organ builder, ( & in fairness to Mr Coffin - who continues to produce work of the highest quality) that the problem Richard mentions relates to the c.1930 Harrison Hig
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