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  1. There seem to be a few recordings floating around of Porter Heaps' 'Nocturne for an Orange' but I can't find a copy of the sheet music anywhere online. Does anybody have a copy they'd be willing to scan and send or know where I might be able to source one, please? Many thanks. Recording: https://youtu.be/CE61tM3_PUk
  2. I believe the general principle for families at weddings/funerals who wish their own organist to play pay the 'resident' organist's fee regardless: it is in most contracts that the organist be asked to play at all such services. I wonder what the situation is for families that want a CD played at the beginning and end, with no hymns, and therefore don't require an organist. My church recently had a state-of-the-art sound system installed (sounds much worse than it really is - the amplification for speech really is fantastic and very life-like and clear without distortion) and at the last f
  3. I wonder if anyone has any experience/advice on this. My church has the potential to offer me accommodation (a house opposite the church) in lieu of my taking a fee. We are a large parish church with services and senior and junior choir rehearsals on weekdays as well as Sundays. From what I can tell, accommodation can be provided "tax-free" (free of income tax and national insurance) where it is "customary" in that line of work, and they cite parish priests as an example. Clearly cathedral organists are given accommodation and it is customary to do so, but does anyone know or have any expe
  4. ...and the same is true for Sibelius. I used Sibelius 7 on an Acorn computer, and have used Sib 3,4,5&6 on Windows since then. I (almost) couldn't ask for more, although it's important to remember that, as with anything, it is best to stick with what you are familiar to as each new version will build upon what you already know how to do. Switching to a different program now would be next to impossible as doing even the simplest of tasks would take longer as I re-learnt how to do them - and as for the more powerful features that lie under the bonnet.....
  5. A personal plea for help! The best man at my parent's wedding was an organ builder by trade, and I know that he worked for Mander's in the 70s/80s and left at some point around that time to work for himself. Unfortunately they lost touch, and despite several attempts to get back in touch my father has never been able to do so. It is their wedding anniversary coming up in June, and I wondered if anyone here might know him, or whether he might even read this! I'm not sure whether I ought to put surnames here, so I will just put first names and first initials of surnames to protect privac
  6. I'll confess to playing Andrew Carter's Toccata thereon after the evening service...super piece. But I feel it's justified at that point on Advent Sunday since we've just spent the service moving through the Advent readings, past John the Baptist (3rd Sunday) and Mary (4th Sunday): we're condensing the whole of Advent into an evening anyway, so why not keep going? I agree that it's a highlight of the year though: I like to begin the Christmas Carol service with a procession to 'O come, O come' rather than 'Once in Royal'. By that point (usually the week before Christmas) it's actually
  7. I heard that he left the post before the summer, although I don't know why. I understand it was rather sudden.
  8. Always fingering each passage in the same way is crucial, and I write in as much as I need when learning a new piece. For modern pieces this can be every note, for more obvious passagework just the occasional 1 or 4 where hand positions change. Once the notes are 'under the fingers', unnecessary markings can be erased - just leaving enough to resurrect the identical fingering used when coming back to a piece after six months! The rubber is a wonderful thing...I was taught never to deface music with ink, and still react with horror when I come across it. Multicolour doesn't bear thinking ab
  9. I agree, and for me I particularly find the time of year after Trinity Sunday (and most particularly after mid-June, which is our dedication festival) to be very useful for getting ahead with Christmas rehearsals. By November it's far too late - the run-up to Christmas has already begun (although we haven't jumped in yet): after requiems for All Souls' and Remembrance Sunday there is just a couple of weeks' grace before Advent Sunday and all that that entails which leaves just three weeks of rehearsals. This is fine if one just wants to "resurrect" old favourites, but I have found that at
  10. Is this not an example of an "eye-rhyme" - two words that look the same but sound different? Doubtless they did rhyme at one point though.
  11. Thanks - I had a go today, and a middle C/G drone with a solo melody over it does sound relatively convincing. Having the stop begin at tenor C would make a big difference though, as the melody inevitably gets pushed rather high. I have been covering for the regular organist's maternity leave this term, and experimenting on and off have found the full organ with the Cornamusa to be unsatisfying since, beginning at middle C, it inevitably sounds like half a rank. It seems such a shame to simply ignore it, but I can't really find an tasteful use for it. Porthead - you mention tha
  12. I have had the opportunity to play the Tamburini organ at St Hugh's College chapel, in Oxford. It's specification is as follows: 8' Bordone Bass (to B just below middle C) 8' Bordone Soprani (from middle C) 4' Flauto 4' Ottavao 2' XV 1 1/3' XIX 1' XXII 8' Cornamusa (from middle C) 16' Subbasso, with manual to pedal coupler. I wonder how Sig. Tamburini intended the Cornamusa to be used in this instrument. It is installed in a small and acoustically dry chapel, and the sound of the Cornamusa stop is particularly strident. It sounds rather like a cross between a Vox humana and
  13. I wonder how long it will be before copyright law becomes internationally standardised given the proliferation of easily downloadable music (CPDL and others) which cross national boundaries. I have a vague recollection of a Canadian website run on similar lines which was forced to close down for publishing music which was out of copyright there (50 years after composer's death), but still in copyright in most other places, despite being completely legal under local laws. (Mexico has recently increased its copyright duration from 75 to 100 years: between Canada and Mexico there is a discrepancy
  14. CD Sheet Music www.cdsheetmusic.com has a good lot of music available, which is reproduced from what must be out-of-copyright plates. The editions are often poor, but they're good enough for reference when researching something new to learn, or the occasional last-minute request. And you can make as many prints as you like.
  15. Slightly off our brief I know, but has been doing the rounds for some time and is a worthwhile diversion...
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