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  1. I do wonder why the Ophicleide has been voiced so boldy on this division, plus the fact that it's on 20 inches wind pressure? Seems totally over the top to me. Here it is demonstrated at 5:30 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQzhUhsk1cQ I hope the new organ is more sympathetic to the singers than it was with the instrument pre-restoration. The Quire at Canterbury is not the best location for singing, everything is mopped up by the heavy stonework of the Quire and screen. But the old organ was the most frustrating experience to sing with, immense sympathy was required to achieve
  2. I think you may find the French Bourdon stops (16' and 8') are generally made of metal. In English and American organs the Bourdon stop is generally confined to 16' pitch on the Pedal, and made of wood.
  3. I believe (although I may well be wrong) that the contract for this was lost some time ago. From this youtube video it may be assumed the current Custodian of the organ tunes the instrument: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4iUnBnNJxs What alarms me is the significant amounts of dirt and dust on the pipework. What on earth are they thinking?
  4. The word 'incredible' becomes much more attractive, even acceptable, compared to the American phenomenon of plastering anything good or even exciting as 'awesome'. Add the American accent, and it's enough to drive anyone mad!
  5. Certainly enhanced by no audience, no coughing and hacking and no bodies to absorb the sound.
  6. I'm not sure if it all really works. I would like to hear the organ in person.
  7. And I was led to believe (I forget the source) that it was 38 ranks but only 35 ranks. Remarkable really how much may be obtained from such a modest number of ranks.
  8. Yes there is a youtube video showing the work being done to the Compton illuminating press buttons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q9vpEW0vsE The Hull Minster organ of course has the same Compton illuminations. I'm sure visiting organists must find these consoles both novel and perhaps a bit of fun?
  9. It would certainly be a very large and impressive school chapel! Looking at the organ details on NPOR, the stop list does look impressive, being a very good example of the Compton expertise of borrowings and extensions. A modest 38 ranks becomes an instrument of 142 ranks! Interestingly NPOR does not indicate where the borrowings etc are derived. Of course quite a few borrowings/extensions are obvious by deduction, nonetheless I am very surprised the derivations are not annotated? https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N05561 Would be interested to hear from members who have p
  10. I suppose we should be asking what will happen to the church itself? Will it become redundant or revert to a fully functioning church within the RC diocese?
  11. I agree, an extension of the 16' Bombarde in the Cavaille Coll style would be the best way forward and I'm sure would be superb. I'm sure Nicholson's would have the expertise to do this. As it is, the proposed new specification looks very interesting and I'm sure the end result will be splendid.
  12. The new specification for Manchester Town Hall is certainly trimmed down from its current form. Perhaps no surprise given the later additions and the plan to restore the organ to the original Cavaille-Coll specification. A little surprised though that the 32' reed on the pedal is not being retained. The hall is quite a large space and I would have thought a 32' reed would be both useful and desirable. I'm sure Nicholson's could have fabricated an extended octave for the Pedal 16' Bombarde.
  13. The name of the merged company from 1st October 2020 will be Mander Organs.
  14. I think the point John is that Mander Organs has been 'resurrected'. It will just be under different management.
  15. This is really excellent news! I also hope the forum will continue as before. There is such a wealth of information on here it would be terrible to lose it all.
  16. Thank you Martin. I completely agree with everything you say.
  17. Not sure if such negativity is helpful. If members wish to continue the 'spirit' of this forum from a different platform then I think this is an excellent idea. The new forum also clearly states at the home page that the new site is a 'continuation' of the Manders forum. There really is far too much negativity doing the rounds at the moment. The new forum is an excellent idea and those who have set it up should be heartily congratulated.
  18. Rowland, you don't need to be convinced about anything. You are absolutely correct.
  19. Westminster Abbey is not 'owned' by the Church of England. It is ultimately owned by The Queen in right of the Crown. Just in the same way the Crown Jewels are not owned by the State. They are also owned by the Sovereign in right of the Crown. Windsor Castle is a bit more complicated. It is held in trust by the Occupied Royal Palaces Estate. Effectively the Sovereign once again owns Windsor Castle, but since it is held in Trust on behalf of the nation, the Sovereign does not have the final say in the financial disposition of the Palace Estates. This principle also applies to all assets wh
  20. Let's hope this ridiculous situation is rectified. I really did need to read the thread title twice as I've never heard such utter rubbish in my entire life.
  21. Looking at the specification, the Grand Organ appeared to have a significant percentage of pipework by Clicquot. A tragic loss indeed. The specification for the Grand Organ may be viewed here: https://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/france/nantescsp.html
  22. The latest report on the BBC suggests that the Grand Organ has been destroyed in the fire. The French police are treating the fire as a criminal act.
  23. I must admit, I have mixed feelings for the painted stone in Chartres Cathedral. My first visit to the cathedral was in 1980. I was completely underwhelmed when entering by the west door. It was incredibly dark, dank, and foreboding. Yes the stained glass was no doubt impressive but the cloudy day probably didn't help. If this is the desired effect of a medieval cathedral in less than good condition, you can keep it. I'm quite happy to use degrees of imagination to pretend to see what I should be seeing, but the condition of the cathedral back then was less than acceptable. I haven'
  24. Apologies for steering the conversation back to the York Minster organ. I do agree with the highlighted comment above by John Robinson. As you say the Cornet is firmly rooted in the English organ tradition, together with, dare I say, the Sesquialtera! These colourful stops owe nothing to influences from European continental organs. I fully understand the ethos of the current rebuilding of the Minster organ, but I am a little perplexed as to why at least the Cornet has been dropped? Perhaps Robert Sharpe may be patient enough to respond to this. I know in advance that such issues as space
  25. Must agree with everything you say. I would add that, not being good at heights, I found the precarious work so close to the tribune quite frightening. Standing in the nave and looking up the organ gallery is positioned at a great height, some would say too high for the organ to be at its most effective. But the way they were negotiating the pulley with all the heavy items - ugh!
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