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  1. David Halls and John Challenger were interviewed live on BBC Breakfast a few days ago at 6.50am. Unfortunately the attempt to broadcast John playing Bach’s Air in D was of less than stellar audio quality. Of the witter suggestions I have heard, Paul Ayres’ Toccata on “All you need(le) is Love” and Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Vaccine” are worth sharing!
  2. It’s in the Mayhew Wedding collection “Music for a Bride” and probably in some of their other collections too.
  3. Very sad to hear this- end of a long and illustrious period for one of the most respected names in British Organ building. Manders have also been very gracious and generous in hosting this forum, for which our thanks are due It does occurs to me that this forum might disappear rather suddenly as a result. Do we have a ‘Plan B’ as to where to relocate this valuable and interesting online community for those interested in the organ and its music?
  4. Daniel Cook now has a YouTube Channel, with performances on the virtual Salisbury organ. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6BL1uuNQMYdSWGJU7op_g/videos
  5. A few virtual organ recitals, either live or recorded are starting to pop up during this time of lockdown. In the absence of real pipe organs available, the virtual ones are being used instead: Richard McVeigh played at the (virtual) Laurenskerk in Rotterdam: https://youtu.be/m1Y-LejzR5I
  6. I’m not sure I can help you with Keates, but one of the instruments that I play regularly, a John Nicholson instrument of 1873, has an almost identical specification to the instrument that you have obtained. It has a Sesquialtera-like Mixture III on the Swell, and the NPOR page gives its composition, acting as a Tierce mixture as well as with Cornet-like properties. Another stop that I find very useful dates in fact from 1962, and is a Nazard on the Great. Its presence and name is perhaps a child of its time and historically rather unauthentic, but it has Twelfth-like properties in the bass and is more flute-like in the treble, and certainly adds a very useful extra solo colour, as well as helpful in the Great Chorus, which doesn’t have its own Mixture or reed, useful as either or both would be.
  7. Martin Seymour, currently Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Marlow, to be Director of Music at Romsey Abbey.
  8. Titulaire Quintin Guérillot posted on Facebook “Chers amis, Suite à vos nombreux messages d’inquiétude et de sympathie que vous avez eu la gentillesse de m’adresser concernant les dégradations de l’orgue de la cathédrale-basilique de Saint-Denis, je tiens à vous rassurer : Plus de peur que de mal. Seuls quelques poids déposés sur les soufflets ont été dérobés. Heureusement : aucun dégât à signaler sur toute la partie instrumentale. On ne peut hélas pas en dire autant des portes d’accès à la tribune et d’un magnifique vitrail côté sud qui a été pulvérisé... Quoiqu’il en soit l’orgue sonnera pour le mieux pour le prochain concert de la nouvelle saison qui aura lieu le 7 avril ! A très bientôt pour de prochaines informations sur la saison 2019 !” Dear friends, Following your many messages of concern and sympathy that you had the kindness to address me regarding the deterioration of the organ of the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint-Denis, I would like to reassure you: More fear than evil. Only a few weights deposited on the bellows have been stolen. Fortunately: no damage to report on the whole instrumental part. Unfortunately, we can't say so much about the doors of access to the grandstand and a beautiful stained glass of south side that has been sprayed... Anyway, the organ will ring for the best for the next concert of the new season that will take place on April 7th! See you soon for next information about the 2019 season!
  9. I do spot an MBE for Stephen Darlington on page 17 of the document, also MBE for David Hill (page 18): https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62507/supplement/N1
  10. Kerry Beaumont to step down from Coventry Cathedral at the end of the year. https://mailchi.mp/0b6a8aa13bdb/yhvv1a6tsy-2178601?e=90922f2043
  11. This has been in the offing for a few years. The mechanical key action has to turn through 90° just behind the console, (The player sits facing north liturgically) and I gather it is the linkages at this point that have been particularly problematic. Not, coincidentally, the first Kenneth Jones Organ in the Midlands that has had to undergo major work (by Nicholson’s) less than 20 years after its construction.
  12. There are a huge number of lovely cases reflected in this thread on beautiful English organs, but let me throw in an instrument without a case that is undoubtedly a beautiful sounding instrument in a beautiful Pearson church: The TC Lewis ‘multum in parvo’ II/26 of St George’s Cullercoats. NPOR. Many a time back in the years when I played this regularly I looked up from this view and wondered what a case might look like, though it was generally considered that its special sound was in fact helped by being ‘au naturel’.
  13. A most interesting thread! The Thomas Thamar case at St.Mark's Bilton, Warwickshire is well worth including. Formerly in the old chapel of St John's College Cambridge, it was added in 1872 to the new enlarged Bodley designed Chancel, as the case to a John Nicholson instrument. SomeChap has already posted (#2) my photo of the matching Chaire case in the redundant church at St Michael & All Angels Brownsover on the other side of Rugby. I do rather pipe-dream of reuniting the two cases! More on the Bilton Organ here
  14. Ten years on, and I need to resurrect this topic, as we are back to Belgium and Ghent in a few weeks time- I'm the only survivor of the 2008 trip! This time, we have a concert in Ghent Cathedral and it's rather easier these days to do homework online in advance. The 1935 Klais is documented online plus a number of YouTube clips. It looks as if many english choirs sing there when on tour, and from the steps in the central crossing, facing west, and I don't doubt a number of you have accompanied on this instrument with its rather veteran 5-man art-deco console. Given that I suspect there will not be masses of rehearsal time available, might I ask, when accompanying, what works and what doesn't. Is it best not to touch the "Freie Combinations" and hand register simply instead (I'm unlikely to have a 'savvy' page-turner)? Any tips from those who have played it would be most welcome.
  15. There is a setting of the Collect for St George by William Harris, SATB unacc I think, and presumably written for Windsor. The anthem I have most often used for St George's Day, which also works for any single syllable saint, is "Revive in us, O Lord" (the spirit of thy servant St George), SATB/org and very straightforward, music by Paul Ritchie, and written for St George Cullercoats (and its wonderful T.C.Lewis organ)- see here for the composer's website.
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