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Denis O'Connor

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    Gloucester
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    The organs and organists of the Roman Catholic church in England.
  1. William Thomas Best, J.S.Bach organworks

    There is a sale of Organ Music by the Royal Canadian College of Organists which includes Best/Hull complete Bach organ works. See their website.Good luck!
  2. Big organs in small cases?

    An organ of my acquaintance,detached console,pipework in distant west gallery, has an inoperative swell engine. As this leaves the shutters open all the time, it is not too bothersome. It does make for a somewhat restricted variety of sound level. The machine in question is electro-pneumatic and probably would not have many stages. In a fit of charitable thinking I was considering making a donation towards improving the situation. Any one got any ideas of a likely cost ? I imagine the console end of things is OK and the fault is possibly in failed magnets or pneumatuc motors.Is there someone dealing in parts or specialising in repairing swell engines? The tuner was not able to help in this instance.Thank you in advance to anybody who could give me some ideas.
  3. Tuning mixtures

    Are there many tuners who do not silence the rank(s) currently not being tuned with some sort of mop? It would seem an impossible job otherwise, yet I have heard ot it being done.
  4. Bppks for dispoasal

    Having disposed of the bulk of my book collection, I am faced with the problem of what to do with the not insubstantial remnant.I have about 100 books (mostly well-known titles) and a collection of a number of periodicals. If anyone is interested in filling a gap in their collection,I have a long run (incomplete)of RCO journals dating from 1906 1975,Organ Historical Society convention hand books from 1997-2014(2013 missing), Organ Club journals about 15 in number,Organ Club Handbooks-Silver,Golden and Diamond special numbers,miscellaneousBIOS publications and a long run of the French journal L'Orgue.(about 80) Should anybody be interested,please contact me. NB I nearly forgot the largest shelf filler:I have bound copies of Organists' Review bound in red library style binding from 1974-1995 and from 1996 -2012 in embossed binders. I will make a very modest charge for any item( which will be even more modest the more you want). Collection from Gloucester is welcomed.
  5. Background noise at recitals

    Recent mid-day organ recitals at Gloucester cathedral have been spoiled for many people by extraneous noises: noisy visitors to the cathedral(sometimes accompanied by a guide giving an audible commentary to his party as they progress around the building). Most recently, I attended a recital which was ruined by the arrival of a rigging crew who were setting up lighting for some filming that was to take place later in the day.All credit to the recitalists who carried on regardless. One queries why the cathedral administrators allow such a state of affairs.I imagine that the Dean has received letters of complaint but nothing has been done. Do other churches suffer this phenomenon? Some board members may have firsthand knowledge of the Gloucester experience. It woud be interesting to hear members' opinions. I do feel great sympathy for the musicians on the cathedral staff. On the one hand they seek to make high class organ music available at these free recitals,whilst having to apologise to recitalists for this state of affairs.
  6. I am always pleased to see organs which are not appreciated in their native setting finding a new home-albeit abroad or in the British Isles. It puzzles me why some diocesan organ advisers seem reluctant to give such instruments a new life and seek to retain them in a building where they are not appreciated (the organs that is),sometimes to rot next to an electronic substitute.
  7. Youtube

    Can anyone give me a guide to the composition of the 3-manual organ installed in Westminster Cathedral between 1903 and 1907? It was an instrument lent to the cathedral and then returned to the builders Norman&Beard. Was it broken up (recycled) for use in other instruments or did it have a new life in another setting?
  8. Hand-operated Devices For Moving Swell Shades

    As the swell control topic seems to have been comprehensively covered,may I ask the members for any views on the use of composite substitutes for timber in the construction of windchests? I should imagine that a generation has passed since their use by some builders in this country. Is there any evidence to support their use or has time demonstrated that they are manifestly unreliable? Thank you.
  9. HW III

    I believe Bruce Buchanan served an apprenticeship to Willis in the 1950's.Perhaps he could add to a very interesting discussion.
  10. BBC Proms 2015

    Whilst listening to the recent Proms broadcast of the Poulenc Organ Concerto I heard an interesting remark. The announcer stated that the RAH organ boasted 1000 pipes. Has it been rebuilt again on the quiet with a very liberal amount of extension or did I not hear clearly want the man said? Perhaps one should not mention such trifling slips lest the apparent anti-organ departmentof the BBC gets even more vindictive!
  11. UK 5-manuals?

    Senator Richards wrote a series of articles on mixtures and their history and development for the American Organist journal in1948. If anyone wants to have them they can. In the event of several applicants,the person placing the largest order from my collection of organ books( recently advertised in these august columns) will receive them.
  12. Dispersal of library

    After 40 years of collecting I am now disposing of my library of books relating to the organ and its music.I did consider donating them to some worthy recipient- college or society-but decided against that.Rather than offer them to a dealer, I thought it better to approach persons with a known interest in the instrument. If any reader of this message wants details of the collection please contact me via the forum. i have bound copies of the first 45 volumes of The Organ journal,some bound copies of Organists' Review and many separate numbers of both these publications.The books cover all aspects of the organ and its music and are modestly priced with generous discounts for bulk purchases.
  13. Lesser-known Town Hall Organs

    If CTT would like, I can scan the article for him and transmit same. Let me know.
  14. Who did you study with...re-visited

    Why does Malcolm Kemp come out so strongly against local organist associations? I can only speak of one of which I have personal experience. Admittedly the number of young members over the last decade or two has been very low. When we have had young members,they have been encouraged to play when on organ crawls and at least one has been generously subsidised in attending an Oundle course. To the best of my knowledge,no member has attempted to influence their organ playing;indeed, if any member attempted to act thus,they would be told to desist by other members. Such young members as we have had have generally got on well with their studies. Some have become professional musicians. Have any forum members any contrary evidence to present? It would be interesting to know!
  15. Who did you study with...re-visited

    Dupre claimed to be a 'descendant'of Bach through Widor,Lemmens,Rink,Forkel and CPE. I think it went something like that.
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