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  1. Having just downloaded and played through this Prelude, I'm left with the feeling that it must surely be a juvenile work, as well as being quite "un-organistic" in places. I can't believe this is a mature work of a serious composer.
  2. Then your task was much easier than that of a former Oxbridge organ scholar. The story may be apocryphal, but is alleged to be true. I have heard names and locations quoted. DoM to Organ Scholar at pre-Evensong rehearsal: "We'll do Stanford in G in A flat today, please, Mr X." 🤣
  3. That may well be the case. But if it were, one might have expected something to be said quietly on his behalf, so that the rest of us don't make the same complaint every year.
  4. A knighthood for Stephen Cleobury. No sign of anything yet for Francis Jackson...
  5. Is this a reference to the composer of the Liverpool Oratorio?
  6. Francesca Massey, currently Sub-Organist at Durham, to be Director of Music & Organist at Rochester from September 2019.
  7. I know we're not supposed to mention such things here, but since the subject has already been raised above (by VH and RW), it should be noted that the BBC already have a HW instrument at Media City, Salford, for use (inter alia) for the Daily Service, since they stopped using a nearby church for that. And it's movable between studios.
  8. Ladach (https://www.pipeorgans.eu/en/) is another German company specialising in buying up and re-homing unwanted British organs.
  9. I was there, and still have the programme (I think VH may have been there too). But I didn't know there was a recording. Is it publicly available?
  10. Rochester is advertising for a Director Music & Organist. Closing date is 18th February. https://www.rochestercathedral.org/job-vacancy-input/2019/1/25/director-of-music-vacancy
  11. Is SC taking a sabbatical to prepare for his retirement?
  12. Primarily on last month's Christmas Eve TV broadcast, but not entirely. This page http://www.kingsmencambridge.co.uk/member-profiles.html describes one of the men as "Dec Alto 3" (one of a section of five). That implies that there might perhaps be a "Can Tenor 3" to balance up the numbers.
  13. Does anybody know when and why the back row at King’s grew to 8 per side?My understanding was that there were always 12 Choral Scholars + 2 Volunteers, making 4A, 4T, 2Bar, 4B.
  14. Not specifically about Widor, but following the same argument: Some years ago I heard Jeremy Filsell play all six *Vierne* Symphonies in one day at St George's Windsor (1 & 2 in the morning, 3 & 4 after lunch, and 5 & 6 after Evensong (for which he sang as a Lay Clerk). And this was all *free of charge*. A very worthwhile day out.
  15. Apologies - a “Senior Moment” on my part. It was indeed “Hear my Words”. And that, too, would make an excellent addition to the lists above (for the reason I erroneously quoted). 😀
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