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  1. There are threads on this topic on various social media group pages. Some see it as a necessary and positive step. However another group post includes the text of a letter from a long-standing chorister parent to the Editor of the Church Times, which puts a rather different complexion on it, quoting lamentable mismanagement and appalling failure of communication. [For the record, I have no first-hand knowledge of the situation. I’m merely quoting what I have seen.]
  2. That is correct: JT is no longer there. This was confirmed to me by a former colleague who was JT’s ADoM. But the reason is not known (to either of us).
  3. Thanks - Much appreciated.
  4. As "Churchill" (the insurance dog) would say: OOHHH, YASSSS!! The Chorzempa version was awesome. A shame that neither YouTube page named the organ used, though I'm guessing that Chorzempa must have been playing a C-C. It just sounded right. [As a slightly off-topic aside, I was interested to see that two of the technicians named on Hurford's recording - both acknowledged experts in their field - are customers of mine. It was a very humbling experience a couple of years ago when they asked me for advice about audio gear for their home organs.]
  5. A very interesting and stimulating discussion so far, covering a wide range of opinions on several (more or less) related topics. So, if I might be permitted to digress a little further..... Choral Evensong is alive and well in Mainland Europe - particularly in Germany and Holland. Many board members will probably already be aware of the increasing interest in, and enthusiasm for, English choral music over there. This led to an unusual invitation last year: I was asked to lead an "Evensong Project Week" in a large Cistercian Abbey church in Germany where the monastic community had recently been dissolved. The Titular Organist of the Abbey (an ardent Anglophile) had been taught by his predecessor - an Anglican priest who had once been Assistant Organist at Exeter. What they wanted - and what an ad hoc bunch of experienced English cathedral musicians gave them - was a whole week of unadulterated Anglican Choral Evensong; except for the readings and intercessions every thing was auf Englisch. They loved it, and want it repeated this summer. They were incredibly hospitable - not least at Sunday Mass on our last day, when the Guestmaster (the one remaining monk, now 86) offered us Communion in both kinds. We felt very privileged to be allowed to, as it were, deputise for the now-absent community of monks at their daily Offices (though thankful that it wasn't every 3 hours through the night). An added bonus (which made life so much easier) was that the organ isn't half a mile away on the west end gallery, but in the chancel, behind the south quire stalls. https://klais.de/m.php?sid=94
  6. Others will please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the ADoM at Kings is primarily responsible for Kings Voices (the mixed-voice voluntary choir that sings on Mondays).
  7. 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.
  8. 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." 🤣
  9. 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.
  10. A knighthood for Stephen Cleobury. No sign of anything yet for Francis Jackson...
  11. Is this a reference to the composer of the Liverpool Oratorio?
  12. Francesca Massey, currently Sub-Organist at Durham, to be Director of Music & Organist at Rochester from September 2019.
  13. 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.
  14. Ladach (https://www.pipeorgans.eu/en/) is another German company specialising in buying up and re-homing unwanted British organs.
  15. 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?
  16. 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
  17. Is SC taking a sabbatical to prepare for his retirement?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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). 😀
  22. 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.
  23. 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".😁
  24. 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.
  25. DHM

    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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