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Richard Fairhurst

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    Charlbury, Oxfordshire
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    Organist, St Mary's, Charlbury, Oxfordshire.

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  1. "...holding the position of music master at St Albans School, for which he composed the hymn tune to 'Alban, high in glory shining'. His 'Warwick School' was used in Public School Hymn Book with 'Onward, Christian soldiers'. His compositions include a Simple Communion Service in F (1959), a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G Minor, and organ works." (From Humphreys & Evans' Dictionary of Composers for the Church in Great Britain and Ireland.) The Evening Service is available from Banks: https://www.banksmusicpublications.co.uk/mixed-voices/four-voice-parts/magnificat--nunc-dimittis-97
  2. Thanks for that link. I was intrigued to read the background to the Makin Micro120, which was our previous instrument here in Charlbury - a horrible thing!
  3. Evensong at Christ Church Oxford yesterday concluded with Cochereau's marvellous Gigue from Suite de Danses, which I hadn't heard before. Here's a random YouTube performance... though it had percussion at ChCh!
  4. I've been exploring Jean Bouvard's book of 'Noels Traditionnels' - an interesting take on the old tradition of French organ noels with variations, not too challenging but with occasionally unpredictable harmonies. £20ish from here: https://www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music/products/7088440--noels-traditionnels-organ
  5. Sumsion's 'They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships'? Written for Repton Prep School, and a wonderful bit of word-painting.
  6. With Martin Cooke's imprecation to post more topics in mind... We usually have a thread to discuss what voluntaries everyone is playing for Christmas. Any novelties or old warhorses to share? Personally: I haven't decided on Christmas Eve Carols by Candelight or midnight yet. For Christmas morning I'm planning Marko Hakanpaa's delightfully frothy Adeste Fideles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7tchnZd3D4 And with the 23rd being a Sunday, I was thinking of Adolphus Hailstork's Veni Emmanuel for one last Advent blast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuI2vLoADus
  7. At Evensong yesterday we sang the wonderful hymn "Come, labour on"; the words are by Jane Borthwick from her book Thoughtful Hours. You might find some suitable texts there, although some are a little twee: https://archive.org/details/hours00bort (I should point out that the hymn was chosen for Harvest, and not because the Labour Party conference has just started...)
  8. A preliminary hymn list for the Revised English Hymnal has just been published: http://englishhymnal.getfreehosting.co.uk/English_Hymnal/REH_Contents.html It looks evolutionary rather than revolutionary, with (probably - tunes aren't listed, only first line) three Howells tunes and one Langlais. Eight Communion settings.
  9. Barenreiter have fairly recently published a really nice three-volume set of easy voluntaries called 'Sonnstags Orgel': https://www.baerenreiter.com/en/shop/product/details/BA9287/ . Some are manuals-only, some have fairly modest pedalling. It's become my default for pre-service noodling, but it has several pieces suitable for exit voluntaries too. The pieces cover a variety of styles right up to the present day, which maintains interest. I bought mine from Blackwells in Oxford so I presume it's readily available.
  10. The RSCM has just published a volume of the complete organ works of Herbert Sumsion, edited by Daniel Cook, who has also recorded them: https://www.rscmshop.com/herbert-sumsion-complete-organ-works-n1157.html I've just got a copy - a lovely volume with lots to get stuck into, not least the four Christmas Carol variations, the Toccata on University and the rambunctious Ceremonial March. Plenty of reflective pieces that would work well for service use too, such as the lovely Saraband and Interlude. There is slightly less in the book than on the recordings: the latter has four RVW and two Elgar transcriptions by Sumsion which haven't made it into the book. But at £25 for 170 pages it's not bad value for money.
  11. According to an article by Peter Aston (Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association, Vol. 99, 1972 - 1973): "Lastly, there are the liturgical works. These comprise a morning and an evening Service, an English Gloria 'composed at Mr. Peter Gunning's motion', and a Gloria and responses for the Communion Service. These liturgical pieces contain little of interest. All of them show signs of haste, and it is evident that Jeffreys approached these purely functional settings with little enthusiasm."
  12. A "choir edition" would be good too. I suspect the book could be halved in size if only those parts of the organ accompaniment necessary for following along were included. 'The first Nowell', for example, takes up six pages, but the choir only need to know the four-bar organ introduction, that the melody is SA in v4, TB in v5, and that there's a descant for the final refrain. If such a book were £8-£10 rather than the full-score £15, I and I suspect many others would have a better chance of getting funds from the PCC...
  13. In Blackwells yesterday I stumbled across the brand new Novello Book of Hymns: 50 hymn arrangements for SATB choir and organ, to be sung either as anthems or congregationally, edited by David Hill. I bought a copy and have only had the chance to briefly flick through it so far, but it looks very promising. http://www.musicroom.com/se/id_no/01125562/details.html
  14. And there is of course RVW's 'St David's Day' Toccata, which is in the OUP RVW album.
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