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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.
  16. I notice from the video that Maestro Palombella, as well as a new digital organ, has gone digital for his scores too*, and has evidently been perusing Carols for Choirs (Willcocks arrangement of First Nowell) and Novello's Noel book 1 (David Hill's arrangement of Adeste Fideles and its rather splendid Fanfare.)† *though further perusal suggests this happened a while back. † Willcocks arrangement was used in 2015.
  17. This appears to be a little gem of an instrument- i wasn’t expecting to listen right through but it kept me captivated.
  18. A fascinating hour long interview with James Lancelot can be found here https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Weekday/Easter-Holiday/Episodes/James-Lancelot-in-Conversation
  19. "The Peace may be exchanged" from Rubrics by Dan Locklair.
  20. Durham now advertising: https://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/beinvolved/employment/master-of-choristers-and-organist
  21. Having had a post-Christmas trip to Oxford today, I concluded with Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Singers at Christ Church. However a digital organ is in situ. The most I could glean from the steward was that it's been in place since mid-December as the Rieger is 'broken'. Anyone know any more?
  22. rogbi200

    All of Bach

    Forgive me if this has been posted previously, but the website http://allofbach.com/en/ is gradually cataloging performances of all of J.S.Bach's works, and among the music already available is quite a bit of organ music, not just video performances but background notes and introductory videos by the performers as well. It is a project of the Netherlands Bach Society. Well worth a look.
  23. http://www.we-heart.com/2014/09/19/the-flavour-conductor-bompas-parr/ John, do tell us more!
  24. This doesn't appear to be available in the UK on YouTube, but can be found at http://concert.arte.tv/fr/documentaire-dans-le-ventre-de-lorgue-de-notre-dame Alongside a 70 minute recital by Olivier Latry, with some spectacular interior aerial shots of the Cathedral. http://concert.arte.tv/fr/olivier-latry-lorgue-cavaille-coll-de-notre-dame-de-paris
  25. This has been touched on occasionally in discussions but not enough to merit a topic of its own yet, as far as I can tell. I wondered if anyone has gone down the route of scanning all or part of their organ music library and transferring onto tablet so that it can be read (and annotated etc) from the console? I did read an article in "Organists' Review" a couple of years ago by Kevin Bowyer outlining his experiences with Cambron Software's Power Music application, in that instance I think running on a small-form PC with a large 24" LED screen for the music desk. I have experimented with various PDF files played on a 9" iPad screen, and there are, as well as Cambron's iPad version, other apps out there such as 'forScore' and 'unrealBook'; there are various hardware solutions too via bluetooth for facilitating page turns in these apps, should tapping the screen to turn not be viable. The iPad "retina" screen is just about viable to play from- it's clear and sharp enough, though inevitably on the small side, but if you know the music well, it's enough of an aide-memoire to suffice. However for learning, it's still a little fiddly to add annotations or fingering. With the launch of larger tablet screens such as the iPad Pro or the Surface Pro 4, these sizes (with the high resolution and crisp screens) become rather more viable to display music, and with the advent of the bespoke stylus such as the Apple Pencil, it becomes much easier to annotate files, so I have been pondering whether to pursue this a little more seriously. There seems to be less of a move to find a common format for selling sheet music in electronic format, and whilst public domain scores seem to have adopted PDF as the common format, the various proprietary systems set up by publishers and music retailers who have dabbled in selling music as downloads have not found any standardisation yet as far as I can tell. Nor does there seem to be any move by the likes of Amazon to develop music on their Kindle platform. I would for example find it rather useful to have our hymn books on my tablet, both for reference and occasionally to play from on those instruments where the music desk has no clips to hold it open properly, but newly released hymn books seem to be in print version only. One or two of my choir members find holding a heavy modern hymn book hard work, and a tablet/kindle version would be a good solution for them were it available. I simply wondered how many of you had either dabbled in or embraced, partly or totally, the concept of the paperless-console...?
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