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  1. The much delayed opening recital was last night. I thought the organ sounded quite different to its previous incarnation. Previously I would have used words such as cold and steely to describe the tone - not any more! I think re-siting the pipe work away from the vertiginous edge of the triforium arches has allowed some warmth to appear in the tone. The new Double Open Wood is quite remarkable along with the re-pressurized Contra Posaune. The Tubas have migrated east and have their own enclosure which I think has slightly tamed their previously ear splitting sound. If you have some free time do listen to the YouTube stream from last night, it really was very, very good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeF74Dq8v7w
  2. We're starting to sing on Sunday, but it's only going to be the last hymn. The risk averse will be given the option to leave before it's sung .
  3. As injections are involved, perhaps some variations on "A Whiter Shade of Pale" might be appropriate.
  4. No plans at all. Our circuit is closed until 17 Jan 2021.
  5. Perhaps this is taking things to extremes, but the organ at Tunstall Methodist Church is hidden behind curtains and a breeze block wall. There is a small gap at the top of the wall and spaces at each end of the wall for sound to escape. It's a long time since I played this organ, but I do recall it sounding remarkably good. Hopefully I've attached a picture found on line.... https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=G01250
  6. I must say that I preferred the HN&B console to the new Jones console. Interestingly when the restoration project first surfaced the work was supposed to be going to David Wells - this information was in the public domain. And then "mysteriously" went to Jones.
  7. Very sad news - I greatly enjoyed his contributions to this forum.
  8. Not at a recital, but one Sunday morning - just in the corner of my eye, I was aware of being watched. A mildly disconcerting feeling ! It transpired that "Frank" , a large greyhound, regularly attends church with his owners. His fascination with the organ, or perhaps my playing, quickly waned and he curled up behind the console and snoozed for the rest of the service.
  9. According to Facebook, Canterbury is to be 4 manual with 83 stops
  10. Thanks Dave - I was hoping to have have a quick play on the Sacred Heart organ way back in 86 when I was visiting the garden festival . Only made it as far as the Methodist Church across the road.
  11. Dave, is it the church that's just down the road from the Methodist Church ?
  12. Browne's are/were doing the work - lets hope that most of the organ was in their workshop
  13. I've been wondering about this project too.
  14. We had our grand fitted with a metal frame on wheels - easy to move. It was supplied by our piano tuners
  15. Regarding the coughing and clapping: the BBC did a first rate job in capturing the full majesty of my sneezing outburst during the first (UK?) performance of a work by Petr Eben at the RFH some years ago ! I wonder how it would sound with the revised acoustics ?
  16. Many years ago a lecture recital took place at the RFH, at which Ralph Downes explained his reasoning behind the design and illustrated it with appropriate musical examples. Thomas Trotter was one of the organists delivering said examples. The Solo division was clearly intended to be a ”big” Great for use with/against an orchestra. Time has faded my memory regarding the intended use of the other divisions – it made sense at the time ! And therein lays the key: the recitalist must have this inside knowledge in order to bring out the best from this organ. Like other commentators on this board, I attended many of the 5:55 recitals. It was clear that not all recitalists had “got it”.
  17. I tuned in for a while. Lasted up to the Mendelssohn ,which I thought sounded very odd, then went to watch some paint dry.
  18. At my previous church, now closed and with the organ exported, the organ was insured separately
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