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Jim Treloar

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  1. It is sad to report the death of Roger Fisher on June 3rd. He had been incapacitated for over two years following a severe stroke. He had spent 39 years as master of music at Chester Cathedral, but after that was active as a recitalist, teacher, recording artist and organ consultant. It was terrible that so talented a man spent his final years unable to do anything. R.I.P.
  2. Rachel Mahon is obviously in favour at the BBC as she is on the radio again this Saturday (11th) discussing organ matters. Just in case anyone has overlooked it, her CD of Canadian organ music played at Coventry is thoroughly recommended, The Gramophone mag's editor's choice in March.
  3. I have just read of the tragic passing of Jennifer Bate. I am sure there are many members of this forum more qualified than I to write of her achievemnts
  4. I agree with you entirely Colin, in fact I find the tone of the piano in such pieces aggravating. Bach is bad enough but Scarlatti is just ridiculous. Many years ago I wrote to the BBC saying how much I found it offensive but as always with the BBC it's like talking to a brick wall, I had no reply or acknowledgement.
  5. Standing ovation - Rachel Mahon received one at her final Chester Cathedral recital last September before leaving for Coventry, although some members were hesitant, not sure if it was the thing to do!
  6. By a sad coincidence at yesterday's London Organ Day at Bloomsbury chapel Isabelle Demers the Candian virtuoso organist played his arrangement of a Vivaldi Concerto in d minor. No one was aware of the sad news at that time.
  7. Of the 3 funerals I have attended this year, two of them finished with "the Widor" (the 3rd was secular). Like David Surtees, I recall somewhere that it was originally written with a funeral in mind. Some might find it inappropriate but I think it uplifting, life must go on, we have said our farewells and most people retire to a hotel afterwards for a meal and a friendly chat.
  8. I've just read of the passing of the well known Dutch organist at the age of 87, many years at Martinikerk, Groningen
  9. The new concert hall in Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie opens this week, and it contains a Klais instrument. Google "Elbphilharmonie organ" for full details. Iveta Apkalna is the titulair I see.
  10. I am reliably informed that David Poulter is to leave Liverpool as DoM.
  11. It was indeed Roger Sayer - have you been in the organ loft at Chester?
  12. Andrew Wyatt is now Deputy DOM at Chester following a brief time as assistant organist. Rachel Mahon ex organ scholar at St Pauls is now assistant organist.
  13. The problem has been solved at the weekly Chester recitals. A charge is made and the many tourists are told about 25 minutes beforehand that the recital is to take place and if they're not wanting to come to it the nave will reopen at 2 o'clock. Vergers are placed at the door to take the tickets issued at the entrance desk. At 1.10 the door is shut and vergers are placed there to prevent anyone creeping in. The whole place is quiet for the whole of the recital, all sitting in the nave, also a tradition that applause is only at the end of the recital. Occasionally some visitors may not be aware of this but if they applaud after the first piece they realise that they're the only ones and the rest of the recital continues in silence. Any workmen have to suspend work for that hour, the only sound being the occasional ambulance or noisy vehicle outside. It has always made attending recitals a pleasure, and the numbers attending remains very acceptable in spite of the charge.
  14. Many on here, particularly those who will have been associated with the Organ Club, will be sad to hear of the passing of John Smith at the age of 84 following a fall and further complications. He had been a member since 1954 and was president in the late 70s. He was also secretary of the Brighton Association for many years.
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