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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Very sad news - I greatly enjoyed his contributions to this forum.
  4. 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.
  5. According to Facebook, Canterbury is to be 4 manual with 83 stops
  6. 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.
  7. Dave, is it the church that's just down the road from the Methodist Church ?
  8. Browne's are/were doing the work - lets hope that most of the organ was in their workshop
  9. I've been wondering about this project too.
  10. We had our grand fitted with a metal frame on wheels - easy to move. It was supplied by our piano tuners
  11. 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 ?
  12. 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
  13. I tuned in for a while. Lasted up to the Mendelssohn ,which I thought sounded very odd, then went to watch some paint dry.
  14. At my previous church, now closed and with the organ exported, the organ was insured separately
  15. The original press release, some years ago, was talking of returning the chancel organ to 4m in the Willis style, and with a new 4m organ for the nave. Has Dr Flood changed his mind? or has his budget been cut ?
  16. if you mean this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGQZ3NrKv-4 then is the Herbert Chappell one. Not sure whether it is still in print
  17. According to info on the KCOA, work dismantling Canterbury is about to start soon and that the "new organ" is unlikely to be installed before the end of 2014 or early 2015. It's unclear whether the organ is being rebuilt ( as previously discussed) or new.
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