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  1. Fair enough! The Auckland instrument sounds excellent, btw.
  2. I would have thought that DW would know as much about this as anyone, but for the sake of discussion, there is at least one other 'take' on the story, for instance this from the Organ Recitals website (http://www.organrecitals.com/stpauls.php): "The Tuba organ's new stop, the Trompette Militaire, was to become, arguably, the instrument's most famous voice. It was donated by Henry Willis III who, essentially, sought to give the impression that it was of his own making. In fact, he acquired the stop from the American firm of Anton Gottfried, having been previously introduced to it by Emerson
  3. Jennifer Bate is playing at Christchurch Priory this evening at 7.30pm, admission £6. The programme is: Prelude and Fugue in C - GEORG BOHM (1661-1733) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645) - J. S. BACH (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in D minor (BWV 539) - J. S. BACH (1685-1750) Fantasie-Impromptu - WALTER G. ALCOCK (1861-1947) Fantasia and Fugue on B.A.C.H - FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) March on a theme of Handel - ALEXANDRE GUILMANT (1837-1911) Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain - MAURICE DURUFLÉ (1902-1986) Le Jardin Suspendu - JEHAN ALAIN (1911-1940) Étude Symphonique - MARCO
  4. Now there's a challenge that can't be ignored - there are only about 500 such units... I wouldn't mind another practice organ!
  5. This Wednesday (23rd June), Clive Driskill-Smith plays at Christchurch Priory in Dorset. Doors open at 7 for 7.30pm. The programme is: Flourish for an Occasion - WILLIAM HARRIS (1883-1973) Choral No 2 - CESAR FRANCK (1822-1890) Organ Concerto Op 4 No 5 in F - G. F. HANDEL (1685-1759) Larghetto in F# minor - S. S. WESLEY (1810-1876) Tuba Tune - NORMAN COCKER (1889-1953) Fantasia in F Minor K.608 - W. A. MOZART (1756-1791) Salamanca - GUY BOVET (b.1942) Variations sur un Noël - MARCEL DUPRE (1886-1971) The annual evening concert series at Christchurch is excellent and deserve
  6. All SACD discs should contain a second physical layer with standard CD audio data, and this layer should play in standard CD players. There is no computer optical drive that can read the SACD layer (but they should all read the CD layer). I have an SACD player but rarely use it for that purpose due to the relative paucity of true SACD disc releases. Quite a number actually turn out to be remastered CD recordings, sometimes with surround channel content, but rarely at a quality greater than that of a CD. IMHO it's not worth it for SACD alone, but is useful to have if it comes as part of a g
  7. I unearthed the article from the BOA in Birmingham while waiting for the instrument to be made available - during the first six months of my time at the university, the hall was being renovated and the organ was wrapped up against the dust. For me, that particular quote was rather memorable! I never heard it when the hall was full, but the sound was spine-tingling and almost overwhelming in the empty building, and very fine when the hall was approximately one third full. My guess would be that the technique was successful, but I can't be sure. I do wish that this instrument was better know
  8. Indeed. There was an article in The Organ following the 1967 rebuild, which explained that, as the university 'like any institution which possesses a Computer, has a great deal of waste paper' ( )which was used to fill a sack on every seat in the VERY reverberant hall. A very interesting organ, incidentally - very much of its time, and certainly an instrument of parts, as the Swell and Solo remained largely romantic, while the Great and Pedal became decidedly neo-Baroque. The Choir, a small Positive division made new in '67 and located at the front of the case in a box/tone cabinet, is
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