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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. Choir Man

    Appointments 2

    The complete sentence is: "They will be able to demonstrate their passion for the choral tradition of the Church of England and a commitment to explore new ways of developing that tradition for future generations." The website contains a detailed application pack which expands somewhat on the above. Having read it I would suggest that the 'new ways' are about ensuring a supply of choristers, providing equal opportunities for girls and engagement with the local community. Much the same challenges as the church in general faces in this modern world.
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    King's, Cambridge - Back Row

    The mystery deepens. On this page http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/choir/about/choir-today.html it states "King’s College Choir comprises 16 boy choristers, and 14 male undergraduates. There are also two organ scholars." But looking at the pictures on the same page. The photo of the choir in the chapel stalls does have 14 men in the back row, interestingly split 8/6. The picture on the same page of the choir recording Messiah has no less than 17 men in the back row.
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    John Joubert

    We sang 'Torches' at midnight on Christmas Eve. Always a fun piece to sing at the end of a hard week of carol services and concerts.
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    King's, Cambridge - Back Row

    DHM: Is you observation based on what was shown on the TV or a visit to Cambridge? What gets shown on TV is rarely a typical set-up and the back row might be augmented if the TV director thinks it would make better TV. Also the back row might be larger if the repertoire required it. Likewise the front row may have more than the usual daily number of boys. Getting a TV gig pays money so I can imagine as many people would want to be involved as possible.
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    The Queen's Speech

    Some less well known musicians have also been honoured. BEM - Irene Harman. Organist at HMS SULTAN. For over 50 years voluntary service to the Church in the Royal Navy BEM - Mollie Rollins. Organist of the Methodist Chapel in Tydd St Giles, Cambridgeshire, for more than 70 years, for services to the Church and the community RVM - Michael McGuire, a gentleman of the choir of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace MNZM - Paul Ellis, National President of the Royal School of Church Music in New Zealand
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    Appointments 2

    Is pcnd retiring or moving on? He's been looking after the party horns for quite a while.
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    The Queen's Speech

    It was nice to see Stephen Cleobury and the choir of KCC featured in the Queen's Speech during his final Christmas in charge. Is this a hint of an impending New Year's honour?
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    British Organ Going To Germany

    Came across this in the news. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46194249 The organ from Kilbarchan West http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N00970 is now going to a new home in Germany 3 years after the church was closed.
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    Visiting Organs

    As a lad I sang in my local church choir for 10 years until I went to university. The organist treated the instrument like his personal possession, jealously guarding it, locking the console and taking the key home with him. When I asked if I could play I was told me to go away and learn piano to at least grade 6 standard before he would let me have a go. Unfortunately I was learning violin at the time so he never gave me the opportunity to play when I was young. When he died the church was left without an organist and now it has no organ. The church where I currently am treats the organ, as well as the whole building, as a community asset and anyone is welcome to play irrespective of their experience, tutelage or affiliations.
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    Visiting Organs

    In the Colston Hall thread on this forum it is referenced that the authorities are amenable to people playing the organ at convenient times. This set me wondering about how accessible organs are in general. I accept that many organs are located in churches which are first and foremost places of worship and so access might need to be after hours. But how open are members, or their institutions, to people requesting to play their organ or just visit the organ loft to observe during a service?
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    Cathedral organ activity

    Harrisons also list St Machar's Aberdeen on their list of current projects as well as cathedrals in Benoni South Africa and Adelaide Australia. They have York and (according the cathedral's website) Salisbury on the way. They are clearly very busy and must have some system to ensure the various bits of teh different instruments don't get mixed up. By the way here are two interesting photos from their website of the double open wood in sections prior to transportation ... and with builders in-situ...
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    Hull Minster

    Does anyone know why a lot of minster churches appear to be in Yorkshire and its surrounding counties?
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    Appointments 2

    The IAO are also listing James Lancelot as the interim DOM at Worcester on their publicity for the Midlands Organ Day: http://iao.org.uk/mod/ . This looks likely to be a fantastic day and well worth the journey to Worcester.
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    List of beautiful English Organs

    Also from the realm of stately homes, the library at Danson house has a pretty little instrument which was restored by our hosts in 2004. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N14202
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    The specification of the Salisbury instrument http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N00990 does bear some relation to the specification to the earlier form of the Sheffield instrument. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N02848 . However we now have three instruments that claim to be (at least in part) from Sheffield Cathedral. I do wonder how many more organs may claim this provenance and whether the accumulated parts my be like fragments of the True Cross... As regards the current set-up at Sheffield, it's true that the building has a very awkward shape and placement of an organ will be difficult. In many ways I think a continental set-up with a Grand Organ at the west end and a smaller choir organ in the chancel might be the best compromise. £3m to move the C-C from Warrington would be money well spent, however extra money would be needed to build a sympathetically voiced Orgue de Choer to go with it. And then you would want a console that could play both instruments... So as you can see moving the C-C to Sheffield wouldn't just be a lift and shift and the costs would be a lot more than just the purchase and relocation. The Cathedral has just spent a significant amount of money on building works and may have other priorities at the moment. On a slightly diverse note, Sheffield used to be the home of another C-C which was in Sheffield's Albert Hall. The 78 stop instrument was a 'sister' of the instrument which was originally built for Castle Ilbarritz but now resides in the Sacre Coer, Paris. At one stage there was a plan to relocate it to the newer City Hall being build opposite, but the Albert Hall and instrument within were destryed by fire in 1937.