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sotto

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  1. Dare I speak the elephant in the room and say that I thought it one of the ugliest organs I've ever seen, certainly it would not grace any room. I also found it difficult to understand why the same rank of pipes, at the same pitch, should have different names on different manuals.
  2. Its now clearly stated on this forum's home page that it will close in 2 weeks time.
  3. The Tickell quire organ has a four manual console in a loft in the south quire aisle, there is no three manual remote console. The organ Nicholas is playing in the video is the Rodgers digital organ in the nave.
  4. Obituary in today's Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/jane-parker-smith-obituary-qnjvh7fd3 You may be amused and/or annoyed by the reference to Allen organ in the Alexandra Palace!
  5. Whilst social distancing at home I've been watching the latest series of "Outlander" which includes scenes in what looked like a large, and rather fine, American church with a large organ split across matching cases on either side of the quire. With a little bit of research it transpires that these scenes were filmed in Thomas Coats Memorial (Baptist) Church in Paisley, Scotland and the organ is a largely unspoilt 1890 4-manual Hill.https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N12481 The church has recently ceased to be used as a place of public worship and is now a for hire venue for wedding
  6. I think you mean "Triforium", not "Transept"!
  7. Well really it would depend on the liturgical date/season, but for a generic service how about: Prelude: Improvisation or Howells Siciliano for a High Ceremony Introit: We wait for thy loving kindness - McKie Responses: Rose Psalm 91 (Bairstow in E flat) Canticles: Howells St Paul Anthem: For lo, I raise up - Stanford Voluntary: Carillon-Sortie - Mulet
  8. I recently bought a CD recording entitled "The gate of heaven" by the choir of New College Oxford, given the quirkiness of the organ its pretty good, the choir are excellent but none of the tracks are accompanied by organ scholars. I was aware that Kings, Cambridge have an assistant Director of Music although, given that Christopher Robinson stepped in to help out after Stephen Cleobury's unfortunate accident its very unclear what their responsibilities are, but for one of the major Oxford colleges to make a recording without allowing their organ scholar or scholars anywhere near the inst
  9. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/gaudis-sagrada-familia-given-stradivarius-organ-for-crypt-to-replace-original-destroyed-in-civil-war-c3ctsjq8r
  10. 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
  11. Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb Britten - Hymn to St Peter Bairstow - Blessed city, heavenly salem Durufle - Requiem (challenging for choir & organist!)
  12. 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!
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