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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 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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 s
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