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  1. Recitals

    On Friday 2 June, the 80th anniversary of Vierne's death, Southwell Minster is hosting a day honouring his music. Simon Hogan will play all six symphonies, starting at 9am, 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm respectively. At 12.15pm there will be a performance of Vierne's less known chamber music by Paul and Ruth Provost. Refreshments served throughout the day and entry free.
  2. New Music

    I bought this online on impulse a couple of weeks back. I have to say it really is a publication which should be on the top shelf as some of the arrangements are absolute filth (from me, this is a compliment!). Some of the organ introductions and accompaniments are quite challenging as well. I will certainly make use of it but edited highlights and just for the organ parts. Of note so far are Iain Farrington's harmonies for Amazing Grace (deliciously jazzy for a tune I have little time for), Ralph Allwood's Battle Hymn with two key changes and Paul Walton's Londonderry Air.
  3. New Music

    I am playing the Tambling on Sunday (have moved the BWV 552 Fugue to the evening to mix it up a bit), not a bad piece with an interesting homage to CS Lang! I also played the Leddington Wright two weeks back when we finished the service with 'Christ triumphant'. I have to confess I've probably not made as much use of these volumes as I might have thus far - the latest one (Pentecost and Trinity) seems to have rather a lot of pieces based on American tunes.
  4. I was in Foyles yesterday and unexpectedly found copies of 'Thema met Variaties' in their 'new arrivals' draw, priced at £9.99. I bought it without hesitation!
  5. Elgar - Arrangement of Nimrod

    FWIW I use the Robert Gower version in OUP 'Ceremonial Music'.
  6. Electronic substitute in a Cathedral ?

    As the organist at Beeston I feel compelled to write here. I cannot comment on the 1983 decision to replace the previous pipe organ, as I was not alive at the time! Arriving in the area in 2006, it was abundantly clear that the Makin organ was not good - it was perfectly reliable but the sound quality was very poor (it was a large 3-manual instrument), perhaps reflective of its age. Individual stops sounded passable but when you built stops together in a chorus musicality disappeared. While there would have been a good case for replacing the Makin anyway, the fact that it happened when it did was led by the fact that the interior of the church was completely re-ordered in 2007-8. The space in the old organ chamber (where a pipe facade had been retained and the speakers were inside) has now been used for other purposes. The project came at exactly the right time for the organ! Looking at the church now, with the organ chamber a memory, it is hard to think where we would put pipes without going to the expense of building a west end gallery. The other aspect to consider is that the work was part of an £800,000 project, so whether funding could have been found for a new pipe organ is doubtful. The alternative would have been installing a second-hand pipe organ, I suppose. The present organ is an excellent instrument of its type with a wide and varied tonal palette (39 stops over II+P) and none of the faults of the Makin that I mention above. The speakers on the west wall project very well into the body of the church (maybe too well!) and it can comfortably lead a congregation of 400+ as it is called to do on occasion. I don't know if I will be there in 2033, so can't comment on the last point! I confess that in my years in Nottingham I have yet to set foot in Christ Church. Maybe things have changed in the last 30 years, but in churchmanship this is a far more evangelical church compared with the moderate Anglo-Catholicism at Beeston, although I believe it does have an early service led by a small choir and perhaps the organ. I don't know what the state of the organ in Christ Church is, but I'd certainly not want so small an instrument in our church, given the choice. If anyone wants to visit and try the organ at Beeston I will be very happy to meet you, if you can find your way through the (thankfully now finishing) tram works. Incidentally, mention of Marcussen (clearly a reference to the instrument in St Mary's, Nottingham, amongst others) leads me to mention that in the last 12 months this church has also installed a 3-manual digital organ in the chancel for choir accompaniment; indeed, I was playing Blair in B minor and Blessed city on it on Sunday evening! For all its qualities, the Marcussen is an impractical and inappropriate instrument both for a building that size and for accompanying the repertoire sung by the excellent choir; Blessed city, for example, could not be rendered on it without a second person to register it.
  7. Anthem suggestions please

    Philip Stopford's 'For the beauty of the earth' is lovely as well. Not sure what resources you have, this goes into seven parts at the end (SAATTBB).
  8. Music for Inductions

    There is an 8' Euphonium on the Pedal division of the Binns Organ in the Albert Hall, Nottingham.
  9. Music for Inductions

    Anything is forgiveable with Hereford in there! Guiting Power is good as well - if there's no anthem you can go descant crazy with the choir and John Barnard's isn't straightforward but well worth the effort. The Townend is passable enough, has a refrain with a dead easy descant over the top. I think there's a Malcolm Archer arrangement of Sea and Sky, not sure if its available. My colleague has written a descant which is quite effective with some phrases over the inter-verse bits which are too much for my taste - I could ask if she's happy for a copy to go your way. Let us build a house isn't too bad as they go, it benefits from a bit of reharmonisation in places. Its in Hymns Old & New (at least the version we have) and in the new A&M.
  10. Music for Inductions

    What an open question! If you've got the resources, push the boat out with something like Parry's 'I was glad', which seems eminently suitable. A good chance to show an incoming priest what a choir can do. In terms of organ music, I'd always plump for loud and French, but that's just my taste! I recall a discussion on here some time ago offered two slightly mischievous options of the 'War March of the Priests' and Widor's 'Marche Pontificale'.
  11. Kings College on BBC TV

    I believe the arrangement was originally for two players at the piano and presume Peter Stevens has reduced it to be playable (by Kings organ scholars, at any rate!) by one player for organ. I have a recording of Christmas music from their neighbours at St Johns and this credits a second organist, implying that the 'tune' is not in the pedals but played on the solo manual by a second player. Said recording also uses the Zimbelstern at the end!
  12. I only became aware today that Regent Records have entered the DVD market with Thomas Trotter playing the organ of the Parish Church in Ludlow. See http://www.regent-records.co.uk/product_details_284.htm Worth buying for the Elgar alone? Similar to Priory's series, it offers bonus features including an organ tour. Competitively priced as well.
  13. Remembrance Services

    Hope your respective services went well. At ours, a healthy turnout (about 80) with both familiar and unfamiliar faces - a huge encouragement to me that people still feel able turn to the church on occasions such as this. Not a civic dignitary in sight. The church had been most tastefully decorated with displays of poppies at the font, the nave altar and high altar. At the end of the service, not one person moved from their seat until the end of the final chord of 'Nimrod', which was a pleasing and somewhat unusual occurence. The whole occasion was most dignified and a fitting commemoration. Now settled down to watch events from the Abbey.
  14. Remembrance Services

    I may already have told you this in the other place you asked, if I'm thinking right, but still...! We are having an 'informal' service of readings and music tomorrow night at 8pm (with a muffled quarter peal preceding it) - our vicar wanted to keep it low key and not have any of the pomp or processions of dignitaries. There are three hymns and two choir 'items' - one of which is a Soprano singing Faure's 'Pie Jesu' and by virtue of lack of parts (it being August) the other will be White's 'Prayer of St Richard of Chichester'. I'll be playing Nimrod at the end because it's always well received and very apt for the occasion. No idea what the turnout will be - I think it will be pretty decent. The big services with Processions and Dignitaries I'd imagine will be largely the domain of Cathedrals and larger Parish Churches who can still manage the resources for these services in August!
  15. Cocker

    Indeed, I find the whole section in six sharps to be quite awkward, littered with accidentals and 'fistfuls of notes' (as per Simon Johnson) as well as manual jumps for the hands. The outer sections of the piece are relatively straightforward as they go, although as SJ says it probably helps to have the Tuba on an adjacent manual. I think this is the best 'Tuba Tune' around. I've recently bought the Porter-Brown which probably sits somewhere inbetween the Cocker and CS Lang, which is a piece I play once a year in the Summer months when I'm feeling lazy and know numbers will be down in the pews! I've a great affection for Whitlock as well, and do enjoy the 'Paean' and should probably have a look at the 'Fanfare' as well. Percy did like his Tubas, of course, and you can find them in most of his loud pieces (including both outer movements of the 'Plymouth Suite').