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  1. I sometimes play on an Allen with a terrible music desk—too high, too close to vertical, no metal “stays” to keep books open, and a ridiculous light in the bottom of the music desk which is covered by any music you put on it.
  2. I did this a couple of months ago and used the (recentish?) Novello edition, as did the singers. Some of it is hard to get to work on the organ but not impossible. A pageturner is a big help.
  3. Yes, very high notes are much harder to identify (as flute, reed, brass, string) from their timbre alone; attack and envelope are much more important up there.
  4. Stainer’s Crucifixion. I think if we’re getting paid to perform a service for a church we should do our best to provide what has been asked of us. If you’re a volunteer helping out then you have more “leverage” to call the tune. Getting the choir on-side is obviously an astute political move but who knows how many of the congregation might have been looking forward to the original choice.
  5. I saw a post on Facebook that might fit your thinking on this, DHM.
  6. It’s like the 1930s never went away. I’d prefer OD, Gamba, SD, Harmonic Flute, Gemshorn. Or even an undulant. Of the two IV compounds on the Gt is one a Cornet or a high mixture?
  7. I don’t know why I didn’t think of Derby; I know it well. I don’t know Carlisle at all.
  8. That’s a very interesting proposal, MusingMuso! I can think of Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral with West End gallery organs. At Christ Church the choir stalls are close to the organ and in that small, non-standard cathedral space it works. The choir are nowhere near the West End at Westminster Cathedral which reflect a continental Roman Catholic praxis. Are there any other West End organs and, more interestingly, choirs in the UK?
  9. I have now found the booklet: The BBC Theatre Organ A Description By Reginald Foort price one shilling The frontispiece is a black and white photograph [i will try to post an image in due course] captioned: A GENERAL VIEW OF S. GEORGE’S HALL The console has been wheeled into position ready for a solo broadcast. Note the organ swell-boxes—those on the left-hand side are open and those on the right are close. Near the roof can be seen the loudspeakers through which all the sounds of the Electrone are produced. At the right-hand side is the grand piano which is playable from
  10. Somewhere I have a brochure about the instrument in Broadcasting House, I’m guessing c.1960 (inherited from my father). I seem to recall a photo showing the (?) moveable console on one side of the stage and a grand piano on the other which could be played from the organ console. Was that the only time Comptons did such a thing or was it a regular feature? I imagine there was no control of dynamics on the piano when operated from the organ console.
  11. Apologies to our hosts if this is considered not appropriate for this board but after reading the Lavenham story in the linked article I tried to Google "Organist dismissal Muswell Hill Bate" [without the quote marks] and got no relevant hits. I thought legal precedents had been set in that earlier case.
  12. Absolutely, Contrabombarde, and there a distinct possibility that the new Ruffatti console at Buckfast Abbey will be built with a “prepared-for” ethernet connection to Atlantic City.
  13. <bangs head against wall>
  14. But which, Barry? 64' stops, music desks on 5+manual instruments, the Atlantic City organ, Ruffatti?
  15. Neither of the 64' stops at Davies appear to have any pipes so can’t be true stops.
  16. It’s hard for an amateur organ-spec buff such as myself to imagine compiling a stoplist for a 100-stop organ. 6 divisions of 16 or 17 stops each? All I can think of is Julian Rhodes’ or Stephen Bicknall’s spoofs.
  17. That’s a lot of hooch.
  18. I think the days of protectionism in the organ-building world are over. The client has the option of choosing an instrument from any organ builder in the world, in just the same way that UK builders are free to tender, often successfully, for jobs in the USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Japan, and Australia.
  19. Could not plainsong form the back-bone of a trebles-only divine office?
  20. St Francis' Church, Prince Charles Avenue, Mackworth, Derby, DE22 4FN Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:30 pm Organ Dedication Programme to include music by: Sweelinck, Bach, Haslam, Brahms, Stanley, Messiaen, Karg-Elert Organist: Michael Haslam THE ORGAN The first organ to be installed in St. Francis’ was a redundant instrument obtained from a church in Norwich in 1957. Although bearing the label of Norman & Beard Ltd. (of Norwich) and the date 1912, it was found on dismantling to have been based on earlier material, which to some extent accounted for the poor
  21. Apart from intentional vandalism the only organs I've heard being "broken" have been broken by accredited organists. A fine organist (who will remain nameless) showed me the Frobenius at Queen's College, Oxford in the early '70s and confessed that he had previously managed to break two pedal trackers.
  22. I'm no expert in the field—can anyone give an outline of the kind of repertoire the RAH organ was designed for and, secondly, what was generally played on it in its first 50 years? I'd be surprised if more original organ music was played than transcriptions but pleased to be proved wrong.
  23. Cambridge has had a reputation for, um, informality since the 1960s. I was told the Governing Body at King's debated a motion to convert the chapel into a swimming pool although I've never quite believed it.
  24. Thanks for the link to Parry's autograph score, Vox. Does the erased pencil scrawl at the start say "Much too fast"? I thought the St Barnabas performance on the slow side but, for all I know, that's the "right" tempo. Maybe the Abbey and Coronations need a slower tempo than, say, a small village church.
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