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  1. I guess it almost certainly would - at least on some sample-sets, if not all. I shall experiment later....
  2. Vox Humana said: "Now that's something you can't do with a toaster, or with The-System-That-Must-Not-Be-Named. " If you mean turning the blower off, hearing the wind sag, and the pipes gradually ceasing to speak, that is something you definitely *can* do with "The-System-That-Must-Not-Be-Named".
  3. Direct quote from Sajid Javid's statement to the House of Commons this afternoon setting out changes from July 19th: “There will be ….. no restrictions on communal worship and singing.” Can't get much clearer than that, can it?
  4. Dr David Newsholme (currently Acting DoM since David Flood’s retirement) to be DoM at Canterbury.
  5. Of the 6 DoMs I served under since 1970... One had only "external" degrees (BMus & DMus); One was not public-school educated, and had no degrees at all (but was the unanimous choice for the job); One was neither public school nor Oxbridge.
  6. Various news media and Facebook friends have reported this weekend that congregational singing is now permitted (as of yesterday) in the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, and in the US state and Diocese of Rhode Island. The dam is beginning to break - at least in other places, if not yet here. What do their scientists know, that ours don't? Or are their governments simply being less cautious and risk-averse than ours?
  7. DHM

    Proms 2021

    Percy Whitlock's Organ Symphony in G Minor. (See here for more info: http://www.musicweb-international.com/whitlock/organsymphony.htm)
  8. Presumably to safeguard the professionals' income, whereas "amateurs" have no income to lose. There is no other logical explanation.
  9. Let's not forget that the current "Rule of 6" and its predecessors are GUIDANCE, not law. Law means "must". Guidance means "should". This difference is made very clear in other documents from HMG.
  10. Another former Rochester Organ Scholar made good. 😃
  11. Last Sunday I played "Recollection" (from New Music for Organ, Book 1) and "Pavilioned in Splendour" (from Festival Finales). Both albums from Kevin Mayhew. Both very attractive pieces, and not overly difficult.
  12. Bear in mind the organ won't only be used for leading services, but also for teaching, study and concerts. To the best of our knowledge this will be the first installation of its kind in any religious building in Oxbridge.
  13. Not yet finally confirmed, but probably Hereford (Willis), Caen St Etienne (C-C), Haarlem St Bavo (Müller), Friesach (Eisenbarth)....
  14. Emmanual URC has recently closed, and the building was sold to Pembroke College. I *think* I'm right in saying that Pembroke are retaining the organ, and using that space to rehearse their new girls choir. The Emmanuel congregation has merged with that of the church formerly known as St Columba's. Over the last year the latter building has been completely gutted and rebuilt, and is now known as Downing Place URC. There are now two joint DoMs (one from each former congregation), and the Minister is also an organist. They are all very excited about the arrival of their new organ next week (using a system which I'm not allowed to mention here...).
  15. St Peter's Brighton. See here under "Organ": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter's_Church,_Brighton#:~:text=St Peter's has a large,and in Hove Town Hall.
  16. Perhaps a "Harmonics of..." like this one? https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N01917
  17. DHM

    B minor

    Franck Pièce Héroique
  18. Probably the best-known of the very few pieces needing a top F# is the Duruflé Veni Creator Variations, one of which has a Pedal 4ft Flute solo. I don't know the compass required for the Thalben-Ball Pedal Variations, but I'm quite sure somebody else will.
  19. I just heard news of the passing of Lucian Nethsingha, Cathedral Organist at Exeter, 1973-1999. RIP.
  20. And what's wrong with Country & Western music? 🤣 [Ducking and running for cover....]
  21. Church musicians (at least on this side of the Pond) are rarely well-paid. My first appointment, as "Pupil Assistant Organist" as a teenager in 1963, paid the princely sum of £15.0.0 per annum - less the cost of organ lessons!
  22. Not any more, it doesn't - not since v.5 arrived almost a year ago. For anyone wishing to find out more, my post of 15th September here might be helpful: https://www.houndscroft.co.uk/organ-forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=40&start=10
  23. “Ora labora” is awesome. With the text of “Come, labour on” it’s a real tear-jerker - in the very best sense of the word. Its in New English Praise (as is “Corvedale”), and has a fine descant added by Simon Lindley. For the last few years this has been a firm fixture for our final Evensong of the choir year. (“Servant[s], well done!”)
  24. Rochester's Ordination will be live-streamed on Facebook this Saturday, 26th September. https://www.facebook.com/CofERochester
  25. Were you on that trip too?? I certainly remember being there and hearing (all about) the organ - e.g. how the Lord of the Manor's son had allegedly donated it during his final year at Oxford.
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