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  1. Cavaille-Coll Organ - Parr Hall Warrington

    Attended the Parr Hall last night for the recital which was most excellently presented / played by " The Boss " whose approach to " the console with teeth " was both brave and impressive. The sheer pleasure of hearing period pieces being played on a near as it gets period instrument of this type is quite invigorating , as well as being rare. We all acclaimed Prof. T`s comments regarding the work and effort put in by the hard core band of dedicated enthusiasts and professionals; as well as the Management Team of the Parr Hall in their excellent promotion of the nights event and,hopefully, continued promotion of recitals. The number of bums on seats well confirmed the need to retain this instrument in the hall. I believe another recital is planned for later in the year; I hope it is attended by as many, if not more. There has to be physical evidence of support for the halls management team to decide that they are on to a viable proposition; last night I feel proved this point. It is no good banging on about " this wonderful instrument in our midst - oh dear what a pity it`s no longer there " if people do not make the effort to support it. Once again, well done to all concerned Oh yes, finally, to those omnipresent individuals who one can almost hear sneering with self satisfied contempt, " and just how many recitals have you been to? " - well, first recital was CC in the `80`s and then joined the CC supporters Society, the rest is history.
  2. Recitals

    Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Saturday 29th June 1930hrs Olivier Latry ( Paris )
  3. RIP Alan Greaves - Organist

    Very sad reading indeed. god is indeed good;isn`t it?
  4. Organ SOS

    Output resistors blown ,possibly.
  5. Carlo Curley RIP

    Yes, but only due to the fact ,I think, that the Allen he used at that location was a fairly modest instrument of 2 manuals. Can remember C C and NR " arguing" over who had the rights over the Sinfonietta as their " theme tune " The actual instrument I was referring to is The Monster On The Hill; which incidentally I heard Richard Lea play today. His playing of the " ad Nos " on the partially restored instrument was truly spectacular as well as frightening
  6. Carlo Curley RIP

    Yes, I do agree, York, Leeds, Halifax, Ampleforth,Doncaster............. to name just a few but it has to be said that here in Lancashire we have all these rolled into one.................. Liverpool!!!!
  7. Carlo Curley RIP

    Good that Allen have provided Carlos old touring workhorse for the occasion so I will have to eat my words re` my previous post! Think we can bet pretty safely that Himself chose the tunes. Reckon that shares in " Kleenex " will increase as a result of playing that selection For some strange reason ,which completely mystifies me, Carlo adopted This Wonderful Country as his adopted Homeland and it is very fitting that he developed such a love for Gloucestershire, and especially Pershore and its wonderful Abbey. Thank heavens he did not deem to be situated in Yorkshire for perpetuity
  8. Carlo Curley RIP

    I agree, a perfectly suitable location for a memorial service for a highly talented and allround pleasant person who is sadly missed. I see no problem in the fact that the outstandingly beautiful,spiritual, abbey church at Pershore should be the setting scene for this celebration of CCs life and work. In fact the very lack of a box of shrieking whistles and booming foghorns to accompany the service will make the event all the more spiritual and contemplative. If I remenber correctly ,at the funeral service, held at The Madeleine, of a well known Parisian organist/ musician , the organ was not used.
  9. Cavaille-Coll Organ - Parr Hall Warrington

    Have just paid a visit to this site after a long period and am somewhat saddened to read that this issue has not been successfully concluded. I feel quite sure that whilst many people are genuinely interested in the survival of this instrument it is the large amount of cash required for its purchase/removal/restoration/re-location which is pivotal in the instrument remaining in Parr Hall. A lot of credit must be given to WBC who whilst making best efforts are at the same time frustrated by the lack of a solid offer, backed up by the cheque; in order to release it from its present limbo. Speaking personally, if it were fortunate enough to be moved then the most fitting ,suitable venue would be a few miles down the road in Pugins masterpiece at Gorton. That is providing the gallery is still intact at the West End.
  10. Bernard Lovell

    Can remember an interview with him on the tv many aeons ago in which he gave a quite remarkable rendition of Chorale No.3 Interesting the link between great scientific minds and their affinity with music.
  11. Cameron Carpenter

    Despite the fact that mankind has survived into the 21st century it would still appear that he has still not overcome his dark,deep fears of anything which verges upon the unknown. By " unknown " I would refer specifically to the physical as well as the psychological. I tie in this observation with several of those opinions expressed on the topic regarding Mr. Carpenter Unfortunately , for so long as mankind is happy in the cosy environment of stereoytpes,grey, average, middle - of- the road,conservative, safe,known................. then he will never progress. I would have hoped that by now we had reached a stage of intellectual development in which we no longer judged individuals by their appearance or idiosyncracies. With regards to the demonisation of Mr. Carpenter, sadly ,it would appear that we have not yet reached that stage. Rest assured if it is not Mr. Carpenter getting it in the neck so to speak , then it will only be some other unfortunate individual.
  12. Carlo Curley RIP

    Another great individual who has flown over the horizon to Other Realms. I am glad that I made the effort to see and hear him at several locations; Redcliffe, Parr Hall, Liverpool, French church London, plus several lesser but by no means insignificant venues. A true virtuoso whose prodigious talent was sneered at by many who should have known better but by whose lack of breeding prevented them. Saw him at Liverpool Anglican very recently. He did not look at all well but he, being the true professional did not let this hinder either his style or acerbic wit. Memorable performance, from memory of course, of BVW 564. A performer who plays from memory is allowed to interpret the music in whichever way they think is best. CC certainly did that " Komm Susser Tod "
  13. Auguste Gern

    French Church, Leicester Sq. Not too sure how much of this instrument is original.
  14. Francis Jackson Recital Liverpool

    Whilst interesting to read the comments which the original thread appears to have spawned I somehow feel that the subject of the issuing, or non-issuing, more to the point, of gongs and other associated trivia by The Establishment, is not what the thread is really about. I think however in reply to the above post it could be said that whilst Bernard Lovell is first and foremost a scientist, and an astronomer ( I have not checked but along with the likes of Patrick Moore I presume that he is stilll extant ) he can be included within the ranks as being considered to be a competent organist. I can still clearly remember seeing him being interviewed on a local news tv programme which showed a decent clip of film in which he performed a more than competent fragment of Choral No. 3
  15. Francis Jackson Recital Liverpool

    This man has nothing less than a first class performance. His incredible registration made the Metropolitan instrument sound like an organ; for once! Dr. Jacksons style certainly shows up the glaring inadequacies forever present in the current tube of many organists . Maybe being over 90 is something to do with it!
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