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  1. One reason that some organists and pianists are not good at watching conductors is that it does not form a natural part of their development and training. Piano is essentially a solitary instrument that you practice alone and unconducted. By contrast if you learn an orchestral instrument from quite an early stage you are likely to be in some form of ensemble if not a full blown orchestra where watching and following the conductor's beat is an essential skill and discipline. You can not get by with staring rigidly at your music and playing the right notes, you quickly learn to constantly switch your vision from the music on the stand to the conductor in much the same way that you flick your focus to and from the rear-view mirror when learning to drive. For anyone wishing to gain more experience of accompanying a choir I would suggest contacting your local organists association asking them to notify their members of your availability. I would jump at the chance if a reasonably competent person willing to learn and improve made themself available in my local area.
  2. Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb Britten - Hymn to St Peter Bairstow - Blessed city, heavenly salem Durufle - Requiem (challenging for choir & organist!)
  3. We use the Elgar at St Mary's, Charlton Kings it's very tuneful and dead easy! I've also played it on a live Sunday morning service radio broadcast many years ago and, I think, sung it at Worcester County Cricket club's New Road ground!
  4. "The World Of Kings" was one of the first LPs I ever bought, but strangely does not include the tracks you mention. I have it on my lap as I'm typing this, I've checked in case of memory failure! My record includes movements from Vivaldi's Gloria, Zadock the Priest, the Allegri Miserere with Roy Goodman as treble soloist and This Is The Record Of John with Simon Preston at the organ. Playing the record for the first time was almost a life changing experience. I was unfamiliar with most of the music and had never heard a choir sound that good. In modern parlance it blew me away. A few years later a bought a box set called, I think, The Glory of Kings, which included Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor (my reason for buying it) and The Western Wind Mass. All wonderful performances.
  5. I tried, and failed, to find a website for EOS through Google. How would I go about buying a copy from you or finding what else you have available?
  6. I accompanied a choral concert in this church a few years ago and have to say it was a very poor instrument with no redeeming features. I'm not a fan of Viscount organs but would find it hard to criticise the church for persuing the digital option in this instance.
  7. I was a student in Worcester from 1976-80, an organ pupil of Paul Trepte, and a member and regular accomanist of the cathedral voluntary choir. Your comments are unrecognisable to me. I attended cathedral services more or less daily for 4 or more years and never once came away feeling that my ears had been assaulted. There is no doubt that, prior to the Woods-Wordsworth emasculation, full swell was very powerful, but the cathedral organists (and their pupils ) were well aware of that and used discretion. The "old" quire organ was nowhere near as powerful/loud as the organs in nearby Bath Abbey or St Mary Redcliffe. My daughter heard me rehearsing a voluntary in Worcester, on more or less full organ, with no comment or complaint, but in Bath Abbey she clapped her hands to her ears and said "Oh daddy stop it".
  8. sotto

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    I have to confess to not knowing what some of these stops are, the Suavial on the GO for example, and the Meditation of the Positiv. The scheme seems OTT to me, four 16's on the recit?
  9. Amazing, how many organists does a cathedral really need, surely not four. How many hours a day are the pour dears working? A few years ago we were all being told that the cathedral tradition was under threat from lack of funds. That was when a cathedral organist and assistant did everything. Now we have sub-assistants, vocal coaches, organ scholars, music secretaries or administrators, nannies for the boys.....
  10. Why is the quintfluit described as 3' when the hazard is 2 2/3? Is there a difference, if so, what interval does a 3' stop produce above the equivalent 8' ? I struggle to see the point of the salicional.
  11. The link to the organ appeal web site is not working ATM, my request was for a simpler summary of what is proposed.
  12. Paul Derrett has the old 5-manual Tewkesbury Abbey Walker console for his house organ project, not sure how many manuals are in use
  13. Great Dulciana 8, closely followed by Great Gamba 8.
  14. I'm both surprised and delighted to see that Mander Organs are likely to be restoring/overhauling this instrument in the near future. Delighted, because, as a former Director of Music at St. Michael's, who was also married in this church, the church and its organ hold a soft spot in my heart. Surprised in several ways. Firstly that the organ has lasted this long. I was DOM sometime around the mud or late 1980s, the organ was in a very bad way then. It failed completely, as it happens through a fairly minor electrical fault, on Easter Sunday one of the years that I was there which concentrated minds on the idea that some action was needed. The PCC were, on my recommendations, prepared to pay for expert advice, we had quotes from Mark Venning of H&H, Frank Fowler of HNB, Peter Collins and Bishops who maintained the organ at that time. Part of the brief that I gave them was to beef up the choir organ, which was the only division that spoke into the nave, to improve the support of congregational singing. I returned to my native Gloucestershire before the project came to fruition, but at that date both H&H and HNB were regarded as prohibitively expensive, Peter Collins was not interested unless we would consider redesigning the whole instrument with tracker action, and so Bishops, who at that time had recently restored the Grove organ in Tewkesbury Abbey to some acclaim were seen as the only realistic contender. If I'm entirely honest I always found the organ to be a bit of a damp squib, one of those instruments that looks good on paper but disappoints in reality. I lived with it for 2 years during which it never excited or inspired me, it will need considerable development to make it an instrument of any character. I've visited the organ appeal website but, strangely, this give me little impression of what is planned. I'm hoping our hosts will elarborate...
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