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  1. Well, it appears I was premature - my friend in Paris had told me that the word was that most of the interior vault had given way, but it appears from that photo to be only a small section so hopefully there is room for some cautious optimism about the fate of the organ.
  2. I'm afraid that video from the Independent site leaves no hope that the grand organ has survived. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/notre-dame-fire-live-updates-cathedral-paris-france-stream-video-latest-a8871471.html
  3. Reports just breaking of a serious fire in Notre Dame, Paris - https://globalnews.ca/news/5168799/fire-tears-through-notre-dame-cathedral-in-paris/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6925015/Fire-breaks-historic-Notre-Dame-cathedral-Paris.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47941794 Looks potentially very bad.
  4. It's an interesting piece - I was fortunate to study composition with Patrick for a while in the early eighties and looked at the Toccata in some detail ( the fugue was yet to be written at that point ). He was an inspiring teacher and his grandson Richard is an outstanding player.
  5. Word on the grapevine is that the quire organ is up and in use - and sounding very impressive.
  6. I an so saddened by this news. Although I have not seen Theo for some years we remained in occasional contact by email and I remember fondly his time in Exeter and the opportunities he gave me for accompaniment of his choir on the cathedral organ. May he rest in peace.
  7. I must admit to a certain sadness at the removal of the Downes/Walker instrument, having spent a good deal of time practising on it in the distant past when I was a student at a ( now defunct ) educational establishment a few miles away. A certain teacher associated with said establishment at the time would become exasperated beyond belief at my choice of practise location...
  8. I don't remember being placed under any such restrictions when I last accompanied a service at Wells, but it was in the distant past ( around twenty five years ago I would guess ) and times change! I certainly was able to use all of the instrument and prepare registrations accordingly, including the closing voluntary ( which may have been the Mulet Carillion - Sortie, although my memory could be wrong about that ). In my defence my preparation was done quite early in the day and the cathedral wasn't busy, although on the other hand I'd hate to consider the possibility that the situation you found yourself in was the result of my visit!
  9. Almost, but in fact St David's, the parish church just round the corner from St Michael's Mount Dinham beats the Heavitree instrument by three stops (35), while the Mint Methodist church in Fore Street has two more speaking stops at 34. Mount Dinham will total 48 speaking stops with the new additions to the Clayesmore specification. I will try to get some information on the pipework for the pedal reed extension and the solo string rank ( a Viola if I remember correctly ) at St Michael's.
  10. St Michael’s Church, Mount Dinham, Exeter Inaugural Organ Concert DAVID BRIGGS Organist Emeritus, Gloucester Cathedral, UK Artist-in-Residence, St James Cathedral, Toronto Monday 16th June 2014 at 7.30pm PROGRAMME Fanfare (2014) Graham C Keitch Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 J S Bach (1685-1750) Three Pieces for Musical Clocks Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Variations on Greensleeves (2004) David Briggs (b.1962) Tuba Tune Norman Cocker (1889-1953) AD1620 (Sea Pieces, Opus 55, 1898) Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) Poème Symphonique: L’apprenti sorcier Paul Dukas (1865-1935) Arr. DJB INTERVAL (20 minutes) Improvisation:- Symphony in Four Movements on themes submitted by the audience Introduction and Allegro Scherzo Andante cantabile Finale N.B. The Bach Fugue, and pieces by Cocker & MacDowall, were played by David's grandfather, Mr Lawrence Briggs ARCO, when this organ was rededicated after a rebuild at St Jude's Church, Birmingham, in 1952. Tickets £10/£8, available on door I was organist here over 30 years ago, when the church possessed a four manual Compton electronic, so it's fantastic to see that Lottery funding and a lot of hard work have brought pipes back to St Michael's 47 years after the original Hill was severely damaged by water. This is the third home for this instrument, and it should sound wonderful in the glorious acoustic of this church. NPOR Link - http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=R01218%20target= I understand from email conversations with Neil Page that the Pedal reed has been extended to 32' and a string stop added to the Solo organ. Other than the cathedral this will now be the largest instrument in the city by some margin. Some history and a few photos of the installation by Tim Trenchard can be found at the church blog, here - http://stmichaelsmountdinham.wordpress.com/tag/new-pipe-organ/
  11. Well this still has them - http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=A00909 According to the NPOR this is believed to be the last surviving example, although some have now turned up in Plymouth! This used to have them when I first played it, but they were replaced many years ago - http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=N10540
  12. Midi will not play notes at exactly the same time - there's a very small delay between individual notes ( we're talking in milliseconds here, but I can't remember the exact figure without checking the midi specification ). So in a chord of five notes, let's say, each note is sent one after the other, as an individual event. To most, the delay involved won't be perceptible, but this is a frequently debated topic in some circles!
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