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Choir Man

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    Exploring the mechanics of organs, listening to organ music. Playing the organ badly but with enthusiasm. Anything to do with steam engines!

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  1. Being the first Sunday of the month yesterday, I was expecting an hour of organ music after Choral Evensong on Radio 3. But not so! Choir and Organ has been shuffled off and replaced with a jazz request programme.
  2. Actually there are two concerts featuring David Briggs tomorrow: 2pm Poulenc Organ Concerto & Saint-Saens Organ Symphony. Recorded on 25th May at the St David's Cathedral Festival https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008p77 7pm The concert mentioned by handsoff, recorded on 26th May from the same festival. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008p7k
  3. The German Wikipedia has an entry about Porter Heaps: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_Heaps https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&tab=TT&sl=de&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fde.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FPorter_Heaps
  4. This is how you put two organs on one balcony...
  5. Some modern consoles already have midi input so any suitable device (phone/laptop/tablet) could do the registration for you. It could also play the keys for you as well. In fact maybe you wouldn't need to be there at all...
  6. There is some YouTube content so you can form your own opinions on how it sounds...
  7. Of course honours are not automatically conferred. People need to be nominated. Perhaps forum members who know Dr Jackson personally can ensure he is brought to the attention of the authorities (in the right way). www.gov.uk/honours/nominate-someone-in-the-uk
  8. The organ is in NPOR (its originally from Stocksbridge) - see https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=K00759
  9. It's a pity that an organ recital is scheduled at a time when many organists will be in churches playing organs...
  10. BBC radio 3 are broadcasting Choral Evensong from the chapel this week.
  11. The photos of the Grand Organ suggest that it's only a bit sooty. However we should not forget that with fire burning on the nave floor, it will have got a bit warmer than it would normally be used to, so there may be unseen heat damage. It's early days yet and the surveyors, architects and engineers are still working out how to repair the building. However there is still the possibility of further damage if the organ is not protected. The building has great holes in the roof and, although sheltered between the towers, the organ is in a space that is essentially open to the elements. Also the reconstruction of the building will create large quantities of dust which need to be kept away from the instrument. Does anyone know the condition of the choir organ? I seem to remember reading somewhere that it had been "well watered" by the firefighters trying to preserve the woodwork of the choir. Olivier Latry is keeping busy with his other work while NDP is out of action. He's playing at Southwark Cathedral on 9th May and has a Proms billing on 4 August.
  12. Is this why, in the majority of Wren churches, the organ is at the west end where it wouldn't spoil the clean lines of his architecture when viewed from a pew? Do you know what other options were considered for St Paul's?
  13. Is it me or does the graphic on Google's home page suggest Bach is playing a Hammond...
  14. Today Google are celebrating Bach's birthday with a doodle that can harmonise a 2 bar melody inputted by the user. Google have (cleverly) used a machine learning programme that has had over 300 pieces of Bach's music fed into to it. So the software will harmonise your melody in the style of Bach. Of course Bach would have harmonised the same melody in many different ways and there is a button that will re-harmonise your melody if you don't like the first harmonisation. You can access the doodle here: https://g.co/doodle/kxtz67 This is best done using Chrome browser, although other browsers may be supported. Have a go and see what you think.
  15. Does anyone know if the plans for the new concert hall near the barbican in London contain space for an organ? The drawings suggest some sort of grill behind the stage which may hide an organ chamber https://www.culturemile.london/centreformusic/ - scroll to picture of the concert hall and look in the top right corner.
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