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nigel parkin

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  1. I see that Exeter Cathedral are advertising for an Assistant DoM in today's church Times. Does anyone know what's happening to David Davies?
  2. I still got that recording on a gramophone record. Still, I thin, the definitive performance.
  3. Kingsbrompton is indeed a lovely instrument. I've played it a couple of times and did some work on it a while back when I was helping Brian Verrier from Deane Organ Builders with tunings. Not a terribly exciting spec but it really works well. I think that the elderly lady who had played at the church for many years left her house to the parish and they are restoring the organ in her memory. I must go over again soon and have a look.
  4. Chris was also Chairman of the Bath & Wells Diocesan Choral Association and a past Chairman of Somerset Organists & Choirmasters Association. A fine player and teacher and a lovely guy. Condolences to Elizabeth and his family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
  5. Is this, perchance, the Miniatura which was sold on Ebay (from Chagford, in Devon) a couple of years ago? I bid on that but was unsuccessful and subsequently bought a rather wonderful Aeolian rebuilt by Davies.
  6. I love some of the old Latin titles which still persist - ie Informator Choristarum and Rector Chori.
  7. I notice that the DOM post at Crediton is advertised in this week's Church Times. Does anyone know where Steven Martin is going?
  8. If you are in touch with Paul, please pass on my congratulations best wishes. He helped my greatly with the purchase and moving of my house organ. Nigel
  9. I hope so. In my church, the old girl (1934 Hele rebuild of an 1850s Hill/Hamlin) is pretty stable, but the humidity yesterday inside the organ was 41% - it's normally nearer 70%. No real problems other than the tuning of the Cornopean, but I even have some ciphers/sticky notes on the house organ which is direct electric action. Humidity in the house is around 40%.
  10. Indeed, wonderful to see this programme again.
  11. Perhaps a lot of what we consider to be 'bad' organs are those which someone has attempted, unsuccessfully, to change into something which the original builder never envisaged. A lot of 'four square' English organs built in C19 were hacked about in the 60's & 70's to introduce neo-baroque upperwork which often sits very uncomfortably with the foundation stops. Just my two-pennorth. N
  12. This site lists some redundant organs in the UK: http://www.ibo.co.uk/IBO2005/services/redundant/redundantMain.asp The organ is likely to be very cheap - even free - but the cost of a skilled organ builder is where most of the cost lies. It might be worth you talking to the firm who look after your existing organ. They are likely to know of suitable organs in your area and will also be able to give you an estimate of costs. If you have a good relationship with your organ builder, they may be willing to let your church provide some volunteer muscle to dismantle, pack and move the organ under their supervision which will save your church a lot of money. It goes without saying that you need a faculty in the C of E (or similar in other churches) and you must involve the Diocesan Organ Advisor. A reputable organ builder - such as our Host - will be able to advise you. Remember that an organ is a long-term investment for the church, and it's false economy to act without professional advice. There are hundreds of worthwhile organs around - Good luck! N
  13. The west gallery can be a mixed blessing - heat rises, so I can keep warm, but in my last church, it put the organ out of tune whilst the congregation 20 feet below me were freezing. N
  14. Indeed! MP has two liturgical uses: a) Propping up the organ bench and firing the church boiler N
  15. The chap who runs this place http://www.bakelitemuseum.co.uk/index.htm near to me in West Somerset would probably be able to give you chapter and verse about Bakelite and may have some Compton artefacts in his collection. From memory, the consoles of Compton's pipe and electronic organs had a switch with a brass plate and a large bakelite knob. N
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