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  1. Half-draw stops

    The St Martin organ at St Peter's, Petersham has two half-draw stops - a 12-17 Cornet with the 12th on the half draw, and a Fourniture IV with a 15th on half-draw. There is a notch in each drawstop - if drawn with a slight upwards pressure then then the notch will engage and hold at the halfway point, whereas slight downwards pressure allows the full draw. Sounds fiddly, but it actually works well. Initially, the builders used a spring detent to the halfway point, but fully drawing quickly through the detent resulted in a loud clunk, so they changed it in favour of the notch. While separate stops and sliders would be preferable, and there is some compromise in the mixture scaling, I believe this approach does save space on the soundboard. I would far rather have the half-draws than not have them. JJK
  2. BBC Proms 2015

    No problem - I quite understand. Although I'm disappointed she isn't making a comeback to play Commotio! JJK
  3. BBC Proms 2015

    Is Gilian Weir really playing Commotio at the Proms this year? I know she did so in 1980, but I thought she'd retired now.
  4. New Organ in Chiswick

    Jon - thanks for posting these details. It all looks wonderful, can't wait to hear it. The case looks fabulous - I wish we'd been allowed even the slightest touch of gold at Petersham! JJK
  5. Cameron Carpenter

    I believe this to be Cameron's much anticipated new organ...... http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2012/09/02/the-most-expressive-music-instrument-in-the-world/ JJK
  6. Cameron Carpenter

    So did I. I find this to be a fair review: http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/bbc-proms-cameron-carpenter-znaider-leipzig-gewandhaus-orchestra-chailly JJK
  7. Nice 'Spectator' article

    I believe she is the Granddaughter of Jan Struther (of Lord of all hopefulness etc fame)
  8. A nice story - but I think Op 65 was written in 1909?
  9. Job Description/Contract

    Thanks MM - as a newly-resigned DoM I appreciate your sentiments! JJK
  10. John Compton

    I was organist at Levington for a year or two in the mid 1990s. The Compton had gone by that stage, replaced with a rather nice 2 manual instrument by Peter Bumstead - I believe the photogaph on NPOR shows this later instrument, although there are no further details. JJK
  11. Recitals

    St Peter's Church, Petersham Saturday 21 May at 12 midday Tim Wakerell of St Paul's Cathedral, London Dietrich Buxtehude Praeludium in C BuxWV 137 Nicolas de Grigny Récit de Tierce en Taille Johann Sebastian Bach Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr BWV 664 Felix Mendelssohn Sonata IV in B flat Félix Alexandre Guilmant Final from Sonata I in D minor op.42 ADMISSION FREE – RETIRING COLLECTION St Peter’s Church Lane Petersham Road RICHMOND TW10 7AA Organ details from the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00563 Tube or Rail to Richmond then Bus 65 to The Dysart (gastro-pub); as you face The Dysart, Church Lane is a short distance to the left; about 45 minutes from Waterloo.
  12. Recitals

    St Peter's Church, Petersham Saturday 30 April at 12 midday Andrew Benson-Wilson À la Française Michel Corrette (1707-95) Plein Jeu, Duo, Recit de Trompette Boehm (1661-1733) Vater Unser im Himmelreich Louis Couperin (c1626-1661) Fantasia (à Paris au mois de décembre 1656) Purcell (1659-1695) Voluntary for Double Organ De Grigny (1672-1703) Récit de Tierce en Taille, Fugue, Fugue à 5 JS Bach (1683-1750) Fantasia in c (BWV 562) Balbastre (1724-99) Marche des Marseillois ADMISSION FREE – RETIRING COLLECTION St Peter’s Church Lane Petersham Road RICHMOND TW10 7AA Organ details from the NPOR at: www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=P00563 Tube or Rail to Richmond then Bus 65 to The Dysart (gastro-pub); as you face The Dysart, Church Lane is a short distance to the left; about 45 minutes from Waterloo.
  13. Recitals

    St Peter's Church, Petersham Sat 5 February at 6pm - Tickets are selling fast! Thomas Trotter will play the following programme on the new St Martin organ: MOZART Fantasia K 608 Susanne van Soldt Manuscript: Brande champanje – Daphne – Almande STANLEY Voluntary Op 5 no 1 in C major C.P.E.BACH Sonata in D major Wq 70/5 D.LOCKLAIR Rubrics – a liturgical suite for organ C.SAINT-SAENS Prelude & Fugue in B major Fantaisie in E flat Tickets £10 (or £5 under 19 / students) - please email music@jjkassociates.com for booking details. Petersham is a village between Richmond and Kingston upon Thames http://www.petershamvillage.org/PV/Maps.html
  14. Recitals

    St Peter's Church, Petersham Sat 20 November at 12 Noon Adrian Lenthall will play an all-Bach programme on the new St Martin organ: - Pastorella (in four movements) BWV 590 - Pièce d’Orgue (“Fantasia in G major”) BWV 572 - Chorale Prelude on Erbarm‘ dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721 - Chorale Prelude on Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (from Orgelbüchlein) BWV 633 - Canonic Variations on the Christmas hymn Vom Himmel Hoch BWV 769 Free entry, retiring collection Petersham is a village between Richmond and Kingston upon Thames http://www.petershamvillage.org/PV/Maps.html
  15. Organ of St Peter, Petersham, London

    Hi C-D, I am the DoM at Petersham, and drew up the initial stop list based on what I saw of St Martin's work elsewhere (including Girton). While I do have some - admittedly biased - views, I would also be interested to hear what others think. A comprehensive combination system was ruled out for various reasons - not least cost, space and longevity. It is possible that some mechanical aids would increase versatility, especially acting on the couplers - but there are 7 couplers and it's difficult to single any that are used more often. Maybe G-P. I suspect the reversible pedals operating the hand drawstops are technically difficult to implement(?) Of course there is an argument for having the couplers operated solely by pedals - something we decided against after certain amount of head-scratching (and of course, toe pedals cannot be operated by a registrant). Overall, I've found the organ is not difficult to manage with careful planning - in fact a recent recital by Christopher Herrick, covering a broad repertoire, was played with no registrant. Indeed, only two of our seven recitalists so far have used a registrant! Regarding the plenum, the Grand Orgue chorus does not need the Trompette - the Cromorne works marvellously as a chorus reed, blending nicely with the mixture. Having said that, there are occasions when it would be nice to split the resonance reeds, but I'm not sure they would justify the complexity of a transmission to a different department. JJK
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