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Richard Fairhurst

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    Charlbury, Oxfordshire
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    Organist, St Mary's, Charlbury, Oxfordshire.
  1. New Music

    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...
  2. New Music

    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
  3. Music for St David's Day

    And there is of course RVW's 'St David's Day' Toccata, which is in the OUP RVW album.
  4. NEH v Common Praise hymn books

    As a very belated followup to this topic, would-be purchasers of hymnbooks might be interested to learn that a new version, the Revised English Hymnal, is in preparation. Publication is expected in 2017.
  5. Llandaff Cathedral

    I haven't read the book and so may be missing the context, but might the "country" in question be Wales rather than the UK?
  6. Music for Inductions

    There's a pleasant enough arrangement of 'Sea and Sky', with harmonies for SATB choir, in (again) the RSCM's 'The Word Revealed' book: you can see a page of it in the excerpts at http://www.rscm.com/assets/publications/WordRevealed_sample.pdf .
  7. Music for Inductions

    Philip Wilby's 'Vox Christi' is terrific, though it only appears to be available in the RSCM's 'The Word Revealed' festival service book.
  8. Paris - Music Shops?

    There's a handful of shops along Rue de Rome by St Lazare station.
  9. Mass of St Thomas

    Here's the Gloria.
  10. Mass of St Thomas

    Not so much "well known" as "ubiquitous" - I think there was a survey a few years back that suggested it was the most popular setting within the CoE. I inherited it at our church and we've moved through a few settings since then.
  11. Pietro Yon

    I note that Pietro Yon died in 1943, which means his works come out of copyright on 1st January. Unfortunately this is just a couple of weeks too late to print off this rather enjoyable Advent suite for this season, though our Canadian cousins (who have more relaxed copyright laws) can do so. Shame, the toccata looks fun and eminently playable. *whistles innocently*
  12. Screwing up the last verse.

    Curiously, the last time I played 'I am a new creation' (again, piano, not organ), I did exactly the same - up from C major halfway through the chorus to Eb major, though returning to C major for the final note. My rationale is that this is pretty much what 'Birdhouse in my Soul' does and 'I am a new creation' has always reminded me of that. Though in this case I greatly prefer the pop song to the worship song...
  13. A good piece for Christmas

    That looks enjoyable. Antony Baldwin's choral arrangement of the Huron carol is very effective - published by OUP.
  14. New Hymns Ancient & Modern

    I'm pretty sure these harmonies are in the 1912 A&M "Varied Harmonies for Organ Accompaniment" volume, and if so there'll be an authorship credit there - I'll check. I've got a copy in the music cupboard at church - will try and remember to look (though it's my week off this Sunday). To me, the harmonies give the hymn a much more complete structure. But to each their own!
  15. New Hymns Ancient & Modern

    It was up but seems to have fallen over again. There are a few PDFs still available by Googling.
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