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    At one point my profile was quite extensive but, following some comments, I decided to delete it. Here is a 'cut down' version!

    I had a 'life' before this. I was a 'cellist! Studied with Pleeth and had masterclasses with Casals.

    B.Mus. - a 'first', Master's (M.A., M.Phil.) and Ph. D level research and RCM/RAM Performer's and Teacher's Diplomas! I was lucky to be taught by and influenced by some of the most distinguished musicians of their day.

    Became a, very part-time, church musician about 30 years ago.

    I have a number of publications to my name and have also been fortunate enough to have given concerts/recitals in some of Europe's most prestigious venues. I no longer play for my living!

    I enjoy this forum but I get frustrated sometimes with the pomposity of some members (and they with me!!!) and with the 'back of fag packet' organ designers!! Sometimes I make comments that infuriate members.

    Some members know who I am and are welcome to contact me via my website. If you want to contact me and don't have my website then you can do it via this board and I will respond.

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  1. Pershore Abbey

    I know that one of his former organs is in the Roman Catholic Forces Cathedral, of St. Michael and St. George, in Aldershot.
  2. Pershore Abbey

    Yes, that's correct - Carlo Curley's ashes are buried within the grounds of Pershore Abbey
  3. I rather suspect that it had nothing to do with the quality of the work but the reason the good sisters were fined was because the organ didn't belong to them. It may have been in their convent chapel or on their premises but, firstly, it was a listed instrument, an item of 'National Cultural Significance' and secondly and more importantly, the owners were the state whose responsibility it would or should have been to restore it. Is it the same in Spain as it is in France - churches and Cathedrals, and their contents belong, not to the church, but to the state? I suspect so! In the UK you don't have this problem - except of course, if a building/object or whatever is listed - and then you have endless amounts of bureaucracy to surmount before you can touch it. Sometimes a considerable nuisance but, If you think about it, this can be a good thing - it stops enthusiastic amateurs and the 'progressive thinkers' .......................... having said that it does seem a bit hard on the sisters!!
  4. Smith and Abbott Organ in South Africa

    I remember the old Abbott and Smith in St. Paul's in Huddersfield - before the church was turned into a concert hall and the three manual Philip Wood put in. The organ was in a chamber on the right hand side of the, then, chancel. A reasonably large three manual with a big battery of Swell reeds, I played for a college service in there which included, the inevitable, Magnificat and Nunc in C by Stanford and the Parry anthem I was glad! I suppose it would be around 1971/2. At that time the chapel hadn't been used as a public church for a long time, nor, indeed, as a college chapel and the organ had fallen into disuse, was not used for teaching, and was 'a little temperamental' to say the least. However, most of it worked and the service went off without mishap - from the organ at least! I'm sure that, even at that time, Keith Jarvis had the designs for the new organ which, of course, was not installed until 1977. It was a fine old beast which, and I know others will correct me if I'm wrong, was entirely scrapped when the chapel became a concert hall.
  5. P D Collins Organ At Turner Sims

    Looks like we'll have to disagree on that!
  6. P D Collins Organ At Turner Sims

    Orford Church in Suffolk? It was a building I always wanted to visit and was totally amazed by it when I, eventually, did visit there. Totally magnificent - but so small! Where did Britten put the large children's orchestra (complete with slung mugs, wind machine, bugles and handbells etc.) for the first performance of Noyes Fludde in 1958? - and how many 'animals' did he manage to get into the ark on that occasion? - and then there are gossips, eight principal singers, the unseen God, a string quintet and piano duet. (I've conducted performances of Noyes Fludde, now, six times - the smallest performance employed an orchestra of about 50 with 60 animals - the largest had an orchestra of 150 and 360 animals!) I've always thought that Britten was a consummate craftsman. I'd even go so far to say that there isn't any bad Britten! - and I've always thought that the, very quiet, double pedalling at the beginning of the 'storm' in Noyes Fludde is inspired - you don't hear it below the Passacaglia subject - but you feel it! How did Ralph Downes, who played the first performance, cope with the little two manual Lewis - with it's solitary 16' Bourdon! Sorry to distract the thread - it's the the mention of Orford and it's associations with a work that can, and has, induced nightmares into the bravest conductor!
  7. Early Metronomes

    As usual a thorough and informative response from the good Dr. Pykett. I'm sorry, Colin, but I didn't understand a word of it!!! Physics and me didn't get on at school!
  8. Happy Birthday, Francis

    Yes - apologies for that - but I'm an hour in front of you!!!
  9. October 2nd 2017 is Dr. Francis Jackson's 100th birthday. His contribution to the organ as a performer and composer is enormous. I have many fond memories of performances during his tenure at York and I send him my very good wishes.
  10. Might I also suggest that it does depend in which Rome church you are playing it! I can think of several churches in Rome where I have conducted where whatever you play will be completely lost in the far too generous acoustic. I had a similar situation in the Cathedral at Palestrina with some Handel. The keyboard part was an orchestral reduction and we spent hours editing it to make it sound musical on the organ. It was a complete waste of time because everything my organist played was lost in the acoustic. On the other hand the Palestrina we sang in the same celebration (Missa Papae Marcelli), fitted the building superbly!
  11. The Lewis At Teddington

    But the difference between these and St. Alban's Teddington, and those others I listed, is that the above are still used for worship whereas St. Albans is now an Arts Centre and the others listed are in the care of the CCT and are, in effect, museums!
  12. The Lewis At Teddington

    The NPOR gives: 1997 - in storage "somewhere in the country" the property of Carlo Curley, who bought it to save it from going for scrap; 1999 - organ appears to be in an organbuilder's workshop in Tokyo; (still there in 2009 (TGi); 2004 - believed to be destined for one of the (24) civic halls in Tokyo; (further information as to the organs current whereabouts would be appreciated -Ed.)
  13. Bridlington Priory - Solo Clarinet

    Hello Paul Welcome to the board! they're an interesting bunch here!!! I was in Bridlington Priory last Friday during a rare visit to the UK. I hadn't been in there since the 1970's when Raymond Sunderland invited me to play. I also have, in not good condition, his Vista recording made in about 1972/3. Your pictures were fascinating and, yes, I'll bet the inside doesn't look like that now! They have a series of recitals during the summer and, one day, I'll get to hear the rebuilt Bridlington instrument. I shall look forward to that. Sorry, though! It doesn't answer your question! Why not contact Paul Hale? I don't know him, we have met twice I think, but he has always struck me as being most approachable and, of course, very knowledgeable - and he was the consultant to the recent rebuild! (unless, of course, you re PH!!).
  14. The Lewis At Teddington

    Hello, and whilst it's not my job to say so, "welcome to the board"! You'll find an interesting bunch here!! St. Alban's Teddington is a church I don't know but it has a fascinating history. Known as the 'Cathedral of the Thames Valley', it was designed to be based on Notre Dame in Paris and designed to be a good deal larger than the building there today with a massive tower. The congregation moved out in 1967 and it was deconsecrated in 1977. It's now the Landmark Arts Centre. It appears that, according to the NPOR, the organ has been 'destroyed or broken up'. I can think of a number of churches, built to grandiose proportions, fitted with magnificent accoutrements, sometimes including organs, that have not survived the zeal of those who built them. All Souls Halifax is no longer used for worship but, is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Holy Trinity Goodramgate in York (12th cent. but with considerable additions in the 19th cent. but with no organ ) and St Edmund's Rochdale (2 manual Hill organ with a magnificent case!) likewise.
  15. Unusual audience member

    I suppose that depends on who is listening!!!!!!!