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  1. Galashiels Old & St. Paul's Parish Church. 1881 Willis (altered).
  2. Not strictly an extension organ. The (two) manual ranks in this instrument are independent, as was the case with all JDP jobs.
  3. Has anyone seen an obituary in the press?
  4. I recall Robert Gower's memorable recording of this piece, from Lincoln Cathedral, as part of the regular (as it was in those days) Music for Organ series (on early Monday evenings) in 1987. I was very taken with the piece, performed so seamlessly on the organ (no general pistons at that time) alongside Philip Marshall's Three Pieces and Sidney Campbell's Pageantry as an opener.
  5. There were two firms in Huddersfield, stemming from Peter's initial foray in 1854 (initially with another partner), however brother James duly became a partner. This partnership was dissolved about 1879/1880, with a court case "Conacher v Conacher" well-covered in Musical Opinion & Trade Review at that time. James set up on his own, and in 1881 dismantled an 1860's Father Willis in Newport's Albert Hall and re-erected in the newly-completed Huddersfield Town Hall - and therein may lie the basis of the split, as Peter Conacher was by this time a Town Councillor and could not tender for the Town Hall project (which would undoubtedly been a worthy project to have bagged). Herbert (son of James) worked with his Father before forming a partnership in the Birmingham area with P H Sheffield, sometime just before WWI I believe. In terms of the "average-to-bad" epitaph, I simply don't recognise this in the number of Victorian instruments which I have encountered and worked on (by both brothers) constructed as they are with uniformly excellent materials, and most of them working with admirable efficiency in circumstances where the custodianship has been frugal. I accept that certain tonal characteristics of these instruments may not appeal to all.....
  6. It might just be the angle from which the computerised perspective has been created, but it's tempting to wonder if that is a full-length 8ft front in the proposed case-front.
  7. It will probably be plastered over a future batch of organ periodicals, with DVD's pending...
  8. Have a look on the NPOR at St. Mary the Virgin, North Leigh, Oxfordshire D05033. An 1861 Willis moved there by Bishop in the 1990's - there is a console photograph.
  9. I ordered a few books last year via a telephone call to John Brennan - it's the number which I'm sure is quoted on the dormant website.
  10. Three Quint ranks and no Great Open - wonder how that works when accompanying a big crowd... There appears to be a far more intriguing instrument in the village....
  11. Thanks for finding this interesting document.
  12. Anybody know what is happening here?
  13. Studley Royal, and Skelton cum Newby, are worth a look on the NPOR.
  14. The recently restored 1876 Willis in Glasgow's Cottier Theatre has a chorus of Harmonic Flutes on the Great, at 8, 4, & 2ft pitches - there are no problems of blend, even in less orthodox combinations. The wooden Claribel appears on the Choir, with matching open wood ranks at 4 & 2ft. Not a single unenclosed stopped flute.
  15. Very pleased to read of this progress. I remember acquainting myself with this instrument twenty-eight years ago at Cragg Vale and enjoying it immensely. It occurred to me that it was actually an Isaac Abbott instrument, with an attractive script-engraved metal nameplate. May it flourish for many decades to come - in a home where it will be appreciated.
  16. The organ was installed by Hilsdon of Glasgow, cobbled up from bits and pieces lying about their workshop. The organ was subsequently quarried for said bits and pieces after the seminary fell into disuse.
  17. Another of Keeton's better- known pupils was Grantham-born G. T. Pattman, perhaps most famed nowadays for commissioning the H&H "travelling organ" in 1916, after holding a succession of posts which included Bridlington Priory and St. Mary's Cathedral Glasgow.
  18. But the console (very comfortable to play as others have said) pictured on the eBay sight looks identical to the Doncaster example.....
  19. Severn Suite - Elgar. There's a recent new edition by Jeremy Cull.
  20. Not really close to Old Father Thames, but BWV 653 or "Scenes from the Wye" by Frederic Wood?? Good luck.
  21. In terms of assessing what the priorities are when compiling a stoplist for a new two-manual instrument with 20+ stops, the proposed H&H scheme for St. Andrew's Bedford makes quite a comparison with the Flentrop under discussion here. The appeal leaflet for that instrument is available on line.
  22. With new (and fairly substantial) two-manual instruments still being built with (in my view) the very limiting provision of Open Diapason and Stopped Diapason as the only Great unison flues I would personally be glad of a Salicional-type stop as a third 8ft register. I'm sure that the stop as proposed here will prove its worth, both on its own terms and as an effective colouring timbre to the companion 8fts - not to mention some less orthodox combinations I'm sure....
  23. There are a few former Conacher staff still about who worked at Calne in 1963. I remember being told that the Castle House organ was removed by them in the 1950's, some of the pipework being re-used in subsequent rebuildings of other instruments. The small Echo divison of this latter instrument had its own swell box, housed within the Solo swell box.
  24. I've just had a look and found a press release (from October last year) which mentions a £496,00 HLF award for the restoration of the Sheffield Lewis. It will be interesting to discover, in due course, who has been entrusted with this project.
  25. The above item prompted a few letters, and from this Bradfordian... "...The planned re-ordering certainly exhibits the whims of the Cathedral authorities. Twenty five years ago they were determined to have this instrument. Now they are equally keen to have it out. In AD 2012, Bradfordians may well ask "What on earth made them remove that perfectly good Nave organ, which belonged where it was?" "
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