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Peter Godden

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  1. Rubbra: Missa Cantuariensis
  2. Ah ! (Peter Godden #49) HLF = array of committees (many members without specialist knowledge) = dilution of vision = compromises = final result ... but with £950,000, to spend on an organ or indeed on anything else. I'm sure they asked before they spent; they certainly did in Lincolnshire in 2005. And had they not done so, we might still be looking at a big black hole in the RFH.
  3. Let us remember that the funding for the project was kicked off by the HLF, and they are more concerned about heritage than anything else, such as music. If the organ is part of our heritage, then it is, to their mind, proper to restore it as it was originally made. This was their reasoning in giving a lot of money to restore a historic organ in Lincolnshire several years ago; we were to restore it as far as possible to its 1878 condition, which was what we wanted to do in any case. So no case for tinkering with the stop list in the manner so beloved of English organists. I recall Dr C
  4. Currently available on ebay - see http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sheet-music-for-Organ-2-vols-of-music-for-organ-by-Percy-Whitlock-/171238334138?pt=UK_Music_SheetMusic_RL&hash=item27de999eba PG
  5. It's a great pity that the page turns in the OUP compilation are not better arranged. There should be no need for a page turn in a 2-side piece, such as the Scherzo from the 5 Short. This was not the case when all this music was available in separate albums. The compilation is full of it, and yet there is a blank page at the end.
  6. you might like to contact The Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield in West Yorkshire. http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=G00217 is looking for a new home.
  7. I don't know about Lully, but I have 2 volumes of excellent transcriptions of M-A Charpentier by Jean-Paul lecot, published by La Sinfonie d'Orphee, & I believe they publish quite a lot more from this period. I came across the Charpentier in one of the music supplements to the French publication Orgues Nouvelles.
  8. Associations are all very well, but your accurate description of the state of most of those which survive suggests that they may no longer be the way forward, especially if they operate on an amateur footing, requiring committed voluntary officers etc. (you can tell that I have several PCCs!). The Diocese of Lincoln was by no means the first diocese to appoint, some 3 years ago, a Diocesan Music Adviser (in some dioceses also known as a Diocesan Director of Music). Beavering away in a variety of contexts across a huge geographical area, she is bringing new life into a wide variety of areas
  9. I have 2 LP recordings of Mme Durufle playing her husband's Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, one dating from 1973 at Soissons (traction mechanique), the other from 1976 at the National Shrine Washington, so very close together in terms of time, & we may assume Mme's technique was in much the same order. Both are beautifully played, but there is really no contest. The performance at Soissons is so much clearer, and one can quite hear that this is because of the direct link between the player and the pipes. Mme is equally at home at Washington, but the organ lets her down. It is simpl
  10. If you have access to a 1961 Argo LP "A Procession with Carols on Advent Sunday", you'll hear how to do this with consummate good taste. I don't know why so much of this early 1960s recorded material hasn't been reissued. So much musicianship.
  11. Lincoln Cathedral organ going flat out is inaudible in a full nave. It's ugly too. Peter Godden
  12. Nigel You might find the 1903 Keates of Sheffield organ in St Wolfgang Munich worth a look. www.sawoga.net . Peter Godden
  13. Chocolat. If I remember rightly, in this most authentic French village church, a local lady started to play the 'armonium, but we were regaled with rank upon rank of glittering mixturework.
  14. I was organist at St Andrew's cathedral Inverness during the early 1980s, & got to know Fr Gregory Brusey, organist at Fort Augustus Abbey. The huge 5-manual organ in the church was not only far too large for the building, but also way beyond the resources of the Abbey community to maintain. Rushworth & Dreaper rebuilt it, either in in the late 60s or early 70s, as a moderate size 3-manual, perfectly adequate for the building. THis is the organ now in the RC church at Buckie, a very sensible home for it. Peter Godden
  15. In 1967 I was responsible for turning http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=D05861 into http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=D05862. At the time I thought it was the cat's whiskers. Nowadays, I'm horrified to think what I did. I think I'd leave it as it was, though Professor Denny of Leeds University recommended changing the rather duck-like Oboe for "something rather more gentlemanly". Mind you, Swell Octave to Great was totally useless. A repentant sinner, Peter Godden
  16. http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=D03768 is worth a thought, forgetting the silly 16'. Peter Godden
  17. Some yeras ago I attended Sunday Mass at the Roman Catholic Church at Schull, deep in the far South-west of Ireland. There was a pipe organ, but it wasn't used. The locked detached console gave every appearance of a small cheap single manual extension organ. But the organ front was beyond belief. Clearly, someone manufactures sheets of plastic imitation organ piping by the roll, and a length or two of this fronted the real gubbins. I know that some church finishers specialise in bad taste, but thuis about took the biscuit. Almost worth going out of your way to see - you wouldn't believe it u
  18. St Hilary Spridlington in Lincolnshire. Organ by Thomas Nicholson (1878), front pipes decorated by "Lambert of Lincoln". Andrew Carter has just restored this organ. See his website http://www.ajcarterorganbuilder.co.uk/Spri...n%20Article.htm, and the NPOR entry http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=D04214 which has a good picture of the front pipes.
  19. Dr Head, organist of St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh may years ago, had many academic hoods to go with his degrees. When he was playing for services, Mrs Head would sit on the bench with him, & during the course of the service change his hood several times over. Many clergy today, myself included, have tried to pare down the quantity of holy clothes we wear. Unless absolutely necessary, I now simply wear a cassock-alb, accompanied by a stole if the service is a sacrament. It is possible to play in this fairly loose-fitting garment. I see no reason at all for someone who is simply playing th
  20. If nachthorn is still looking for a pedalboard, I have a 32-note radiating concave on my Jubilate 332 which I might consider exchanging for a straight one, following a trip to the continent and playing a few organs there. Phone me on 01673 860856, as I rarely come onto the discussion site. Peter Godden
  21. I grew up in Formby & played this organ's predecessor at length. I think the building must have the dullest non-acoustic of any I've ever met. The previous organ was foul - the fact that it was buried deep in a chamber was possibly its most or only redeeming feature. Around 1970 we tried to liven it up a little. It is my guess (merely my guess) that a little quite gentle & refined upperwork in the new organ was an attempt to deal with the appalling acoustic problem. Peter Godden
  22. As one who grew up on Merseyside in the '60s, able to attend monthly recitals at SGH for either 3d or 6d, I forget which, & now in the Diocese of Lincoln, I think I can honestly say that SGH knocks the "harmonium" (Dr Philip Marshall) at Lincoln into a cocked hat. SGH was brilliant, loud, exciting, & noted national and international recitalists made glorious music on it. Regre was much in vogue, never my favourite composer, but players like Noel Rawsthorne & Brian Runnett communicated great sense out of it. Jeanne Demessieux improvised a symphony in a ball gown & high heels. Ha
  23. Try singing "What a friend" to Blaenwern. It turns it into something completely different.
  24. Peter Godden Only came across this site recently, not a frequent visitor. Born Merseyside 1947. Studied music at Leeds university, organ with Donald Hunt, was organist at the Hostel of the Resurrection Leeds. PGCE Cambridge. 14 years teaching music & being organist at successively St Augustine's Edgbaston, St Peter-in-Thanet Broadstairs, St Andrew's Cathedral Inverness. 2 years at Lincoln Theological College. Since then I haven't really been able to escape from the Diocese of Lincoln. Now looking after 5 tiny country parishes with a variety of organs, 2 of which hold BIOS Histo
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