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  • Birthday 09/06/1956

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  1. Dear all, In 2003 I photographed an organ on my way somewhere between Edinburgh and Carlisle. Unfortunately I did not write down where this was. It looks like an interesting organ. Please help! Kind regards, Gerco Schaap (The Netherlands)
  2. Dear all, The British composer William Ralph Driffill (1875*-1922) is in The Netherlands mainly known for his Toccata, the final movement of his Suite for organ. For an article in the Dutch organ magazine De Orgelvriend we are searching for a photograph of Ralph Driffill. There is only a very tiny picture on www.composers-classical-music/d/DriffillWilliamRalph.htm but it is too small to be used in a printed magazine. Could anyone help us with a high resolution picture of WRD, please? Thanks very much! Gerco Schaap Editor Dutch organ magazine De Orgelvriend, e-mail orgelvr
  3. Dear friends, Last May, when I mailed with David Aprahamian Liddle, he wrote that he would like to open his own Youtube account, as he believed there was nothing at all from him on Youtube. "This is beginning to make me feel like a 'non-person'". So I took my little Nikon P310 photo camera with me when we visited David at the former home of Felix Aprahamian in North London, now the home of The Arabesque Trust for Blind Organists. With the little Nikon we made seven videos of David, playing compositions by Bach, Hollins and himself at the former organ of André Marchal and the Courcelle cham
  4. The first videos of Dr. Francis Jackson CBE (94) playing live are now on YouTube. They were made at the end of Dr. Jackson's recital on 4 August at York Minster, after he went down from the regular console to the nave console and played there Chimes by Bernard Rose (from The Hovingham Sketches): Published with kind permission of Banks Music Publications, Hovingham, copyright owner and publisher of the music. The other one is Dr. Jackson's encore, Bach's Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, after he had played Norman Cocker's Tuba Tune, in his own words, "to keep us from insanity":
  5. Dear all, Sometimes one has to clear his bookshelves ... Who is interested in Souvenir Handbooks from the IAO: - Glasgow 1985 - Cambridge 1987 - York 1988 - Chester 1989 - Bristol 1992 - Huddersfield 1995 Please mail me private on gercoschaap[at]ziggo.com.
  6. Thanks to members of this Board I am enjoying an MP3 recording of the Briggs recital. The sound quality of Pipe Dreams is a bit poor. Many thanks, Gerco Schaap
  7. Can anyone help me with a recording of this recital, please ?? I was waiting in my car during my trip to Yorkshire when I heard the last piece ("Orchestral" Suite Nr. 3). Exciting, but came home just too late to hear the recital on the BBC iPlayer! Please mail me on gercoschaap[at]ziggo[dot]nl. Thanx very much for replying! Gerco Schaap, The Netherlands
  8. It wasn't the recording of Mendelssohn's Sonatas (which sounded quite dull to me) but the Vista recording of Franck's Grande Pièce Symphonique at Ampleforth Abbey which fascinated me. The Final is on the second record of a Reader's Digest series called Great Organ Classics (1977). It's typical you still can find the Mendelssohn LPs on many car boot sale and charity shop, whereas the Franck recording is quite rare. [Gerco Schaap]
  9. The Willis organ sounds impeccable on a Naxos CD (8.570410), recorded on 12th October, 2006, with music by S S Wesley, played by James McVinnie. The playing is a bit 'formal' but gives a good impression of the organ. [Gerco Schaap]
  10. About Doctor "FJ": he is scheduled for at least seven organ recitals, according to www.organrecitals.com: - 8 May: St George's, Gateshead - 30 May: St Giles, Lincoln - 6 June: Rochdale Parish Church - 12 June: St Helen's, Stonegate, York - 12 July: Alexandra Palace London - 30 July: York Central Methodist Church - 15 August: York Minster Summer Recital Isn't he amazing! Gerco Schaap (NL)
  11. Or listen/watch to this choral prelude by Dick Sanderman.
  12. Dear Bazuin, Almost nobody. Except in the "Grote Kerk" in Weesp, where you can enjoy a good glass of wine and some fine snacks after the recital. Try it, when you can! And, of course, in the Amsterdam Orgelpark. They have excellent wines, by the way! Normally spoken, the best you can have in Holland is a (weak) cup of coffee after the recital. But there are also lot of places where you don't get anything before or after the concert. Even no spoken welcome! One enters the church, pays for his ticket, looks for a place to sit, waits for the "advance tone" of the organ(ist) and then gets
  13. Why should we write only about recordings of organists who are no longer with us? They can't defend themselves! I'll take the risk and mention one record that disappointed me so badly: Elgar's organ music from Worcester Cathedral, played by Donald Hunt. I bought the Alpha record in the 80s in Worcester Cathedral, hoping to take home a nice sample of the organ. How disappointed I was after playing it! Registrations which can be described as colourless and dull, hardly a third of the organ seems to be used, a very "neo-baroque" approach, no musical tension at all. And quite a distant, mono
  14. There are four LP records which had quite an effect on my appreciation of the British romantic organ. 1. Organ in Contrast on the Apollo Sound label: Stanley Curtis playing the Westminster Chapel organ, London (© 1968) I found this LP in the seventies in a Dutch record shop in Hilversum. Despite the dull sleeve design (we used to call that a "graphic solution" it was a very interesting programme: 2 pieces by Frank Bridge, 2 symphony movements by Widor, the Summer Sketches by Lemare, 2 movements of Borowsky's Suite No. 1 and pieces by Searle Wright and William Felton. This "forgotten" org
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