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  1. DHM

    BBC studios and the organ

    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.
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    British Organ Going To Germany

    Ladach (https://www.pipeorgans.eu/en/) is another German company specialising in buying up and re-homing unwanted British organs.
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    Recitals for children

    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?
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    Appointments 2

    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
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    Appointments 2

    Is SC taking a sabbatical to prepare for his retirement?
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    King's, Cambridge - Back Row

    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.
  7. 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.
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    "THE" Toccata

    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.
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    School choirs and organ suggestions

    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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    School choirs and organ suggestions

    Martin Cooke's first response (above) mentioned Parry's "Blest Pair of Sirens". This was written for a Diocesan Choirs' Festival (in Salisbury, if I remember correctly), and there is a substantial semi-chorus part (presumably written for the resident cathedral choir) which could be taken by a group of more competent choristers, or even a solo quartet.
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    School choirs and organ suggestions

    A great piece, and as Richard said, "a wonderful bit of word-painting". As Vox Humana will recall, I have often said to choir tour concert audiences "If you don't feel sea-sick by the end of it, we haven't done our job well enough".😁
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    Organ Scholarhips and Conservatoires

    Slightly off the topic title, but an example of how the required standards seem to have changed over the years. I took A-Level Music in 1966. A prerequisite for being entered for A-Level was a Grade 6 practical, which, in turn, required at least Grade 5 Theory. In my first year at a well-regarded Russell Group university our keyboard tests class required the preparation of one Contrapunctus per week from The Art of Fugue (open score and 3 different C clefs) and orchestral score-reading (I particularly remember having to prepare a chunk of Liszt's "Les Preludes"). In my last teaching job in 2006 I had in my A-Level German set a student who was also embarking on A-Level Music. I asked him what they had been doing in the first week of the Lower 6th. He told me proudly "We were working through some Grade 1 (ONE!) theory papers, Sir". I rest my case.
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    St Asaph

    I saw this elsewhere today: http://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/16417263.extremely-talented-organists-set-to-lose-their-jobs-amid-financial-woes-at-st-asaph-cathedral/
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    NPOR Down?

    Anybody else having trouble accessing NPOR this morning?
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    Appointments 2

    Jeremy Lloyd, currently Assisting Organist at York Minster, to succeed Claire Innes-Hopkins as Assistant DoM and Sub-Organist at Rochester from September.