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  1. 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.
  2. 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). 😀
  3. 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.
  4. 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".😁
  5. 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 teachin
  6. 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/
  7. Anybody else having trouble accessing NPOR this morning?
  8. Jeremy Lloyd, currently Assisting Organist at York Minster, to succeed Claire Innes-Hopkins as Assistant DoM and Sub-Organist at Rochester from September.
  9. Jon Pilgrim to be Assistant at Brecon. https://www.breconcathedral.org.uk/news/jon-pilgrim-appointed-new-assistant-organist/
  10. Thanks, Dave. Yes, that is indeed very interesting. This one was about 20+ years later and 6 stops larger than Krzeszow (formerly Grüßau in German), but has lots of similarities.
  11. Without ploughing through all the Polish-language documents, is there a stoplist anywhere online for this? How might it compare with this other Engler organ? http://www.sonusparadisi.cz/en/organs/germany/krzeszow-poland.html
  12. From Rochester Cathedral's website today: https://www.rochestercathedral.org/job-vacancy-input/2018/5/24/assistant-director-of-music-and-sub-organist
  13. Yes, I saw that. They had been talking for 2-3 years about getting a temporary "virtual organ" solution, but that conversation had gone quietly recently, and they obviously decided to go down a different route.
  14. See my post above (25 Jan). Apparently one will soon be able to play this one at home using a software program.
  15. JW Walker's Opus 1299 at St Cyprian's Cathedral, Kimberley lists a 32ft Sub-Bourdon.
  16. A couple of quick questions for the experts: Is there a standard, or recommended, spacing distance between thumb pistons? And should divisional pistons be placed centrally (i.e. should pistons 1 and 8 be equidistant from the left and right-hand ends of the keyboard)? If you wanted extra thumb pistons for "Appel Anches" ventils (Ped, GO, Pos, Rec), where would you put them? Thanks in advance for advice.
  17. Anybody who knows better please correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe Carlo's former organ (or one of them) is now at Sutton Valence School in Kent.
  18. The answer is here: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N15859.
  19. You can also get them at Fletcher & Newman in Borough Green (Kent): http://www.cylex-uk.co.uk/reviews/viewcompanywebsite.aspx?firmaName=h+j+fletcher+%26+newman+ltd&companyId=16193630
  20. It's not even 30 years old, but seems to be redundant. https://www.pipeorgans.eu/en/pipeorgans/Kleuker-Steinmeyer-68-IV-P
  21. As one of the choir directors at Rochester I would wholeheartedly second that. He is a brilliant liturgical organist and a pleasure to work with.
  22. Colin and others: Thank you. My education is obviously sadly lacking. Of course I knew that mixtures always broke back at various points, but it had simply never occurred to me that 4ft reeds might do the same. Is this, in fact, a standard practice of which I was hitherto unaware?
  23. And the Tonbridge School organ is of course another Marcussen. I wonder if it's a peculiarly Marcussen thing - or is it really normal practice in mainland Europe?
  24. I recently discovered that the 4ft Clairon on the Bovenwerk of the 1973 Marcussen at the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam breaks back an octave at F4, and I was told that "most clairons do this". Really? Not in the English-speaking organ world, surely?
  25. Sachin Gunga (currently ADoM at Wakefield) to succeed Oliver Hancock as Sub-Organist at Portsmouth from January 2018.
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