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Richard Fairhurst

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  1. On 12/09/2020 at 14:17, sbarber49 said:

    What about the opposite? I scream inwardly when I hear an Italian sandwich being called a panini instead of a panino.

    I once ate at a pub whose menu offered a selection of "Pennines". It took me a while to work out what they meant.

  2. I've always thought the Hereford solution rather brilliant: there's no admission charge for the cathedral, but there is for the Mappa Mundi.

    Everyone visiting for tourist purposes wants to see the Mappa Mundi so happily pays up, whereas those visiting a place of worship aren't asked to pay.

    Sadly not every cathedral has an additional world-class tourist attraction within its bounds...

  3. The Bednall Evocation is lovely - I picked that up at the start of Advent and had a few appreciative comments after playing it one Sunday.

    I recently found the 'Freiburger Orgelbuch 2' in Blackwells. It's an album of some 86 pieces over 200 pages, from the 15th century to the present day, and with composers from Germany to the US. Most of all it's very well-chosen - there have been several times where I've picked over something and thought "wow, that's interesting". (This sort of album does tend to have either old warhorses or rightfully obscure pieces mostly chosen for their out-of-copyright status, but this is far from that.) It comes with a CD of 30 of the pieces. Not particularly cheap at £37ish, but worth it I think. Contents list etc.: https://www.carus-verlag.com/en/choir/new-releases/organ-music/freiburger-orgelbuch-2-music-for-worship-concert-use-and-teaching.html

  4. We've often had a "What are you playing for Christmas?" thread, and don't seem to have started one this year. So let's do it retrospectively - what did you play for Christmas this year?

    All fairly cheerful fare here: Cochereau's 'Gigue' from Suite de Danses for the main Christmas Eve Carols by Candelight, which is our busiest service of the year by a long chalk - a congregation of 570 this year in a town of 3000 people. Then Denis Bédard's variations on In Dulci Jubilo for midnight, and Marko Hakanpaa's very cheerful Adeste Fideles again for Christmas morning (as people liked it so much last year).

  5. On 20/08/2009 at 12:14, Philip said:

    We have to face the fact that Evensong isn't as popular as it once was, and focus nowadays is very much on the morning Eucharist. But a good Evensong done well (whether Choral or not) still inspires me and I think it would be a shame to drop it completely.

    With apologies for reviving a 10-year old thread... I thought it might be interesting to revive this in light of recent news stories.

    The BBC ran a TV report on Sunday discussing the increasing popularity of Choral Evensong. Attendance at "midweek services" - which is basically evensong - is apparently up 34% in the ten years since this thread was posted. Certainly in our village (well, officially a tiny town) church, the Choral Evensong which we've started doing every few months has rapidly become the second most popular service after the regular morning communion. And we're by no means the only church locally: you can piece together a very nice weekly calendar with all the nearby benefices that run occasional or monthly evensongs.

    So where do we go from here? How do we cement this? Are there any resources for the amateur organist and choir to help them start, develop and grow their evensongs? I'd be interested to know what people think.

  6. 22 hours ago, Martin Cooke said:

    It seems he also wrote a Communion Setting in F - I think I've heard of Burton in F! - but I can't find anything else by him.

    "...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

  7. On 12/05/2019 at 19:00, Colin Pykett said:

    Hugh Banton may know the answers.  He has written a detailed, highly readable and very interesting account of the origins of Makin Organs which includes their roots in the rump of Compton - as you may know.  It's on the web at:


    Just a thought.  I can't think of a better person.

    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! 

  8. 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: 


    And with the 23rd being a Sunday, I was thinking of Adolphus Hailstork's Veni Emmanuel for one last Advent blast:



  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:


    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. On 2/8/2018 at 01:29, Vox Humana said:

    The extended "Tudor" period is well covered here and  here, from which lists I note that there are some responses by George Jeffreys, whose career spanned the interregnum. Jeffreys was a first-rate composer, so I wonder what they are like?

    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. I couldn't find any previous discussion of this on the forum, so: can members suggest any Welsh or Welsh-themed organ music for 1st March? Those that spring to mind already are Mathias and Tomkins, plus Vaughan-Williams's Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes. (Rhosymedre is a little gem, the others less obviously so, but I might try out number three, Hyfrydol.)


    And there is of course RVW's 'St David's Day' Toccata, which is in the OUP RVW album.

  13. † 'Aware that my qualifications as an organist were higher than those of anyone else in the country'. p.63; At Cross Purposes; Michael Smith. Self-published (through Amazon); 2014. (In any case, I doubt that he was correct; take just one example: Paul Morgan, MA (Oxon), BMus (Lond.), FRCO(CHM), ADCM, ARCM, LRAM, who was at that time the Sub Organist of Exeter 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?

  14. I learned this evening that it is possible to purchase an 'expander box' containing a library of a hundred stops, any sixteen of which can be used at any one time.

    Ahlborn have offered this for many years.


    Such "sound modules" have, of course, been standard practice in the wider world of digital keyboards since the late 1980s - I've got a stack of four rigged up here. Although, perhaps, I should say "were standard practice". Nowadays, most people use virtual synths on their PCs or Macs.


    If the digital organ market follows the rest of the electronic keyboard market, Hauptwerk and the like will have cleaned up within a few years' time. It may still say Rodgers (or whoever) on the box, but it'll essentially be a PC on the inside.



    (who about 12 years ago was deputy editor, Keyboard Review...)

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