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  1. It does seem a little strange. Having said that I remember applying for a Cathedral Master of the Music post some years ago. I got to the last three and the interviews were, to say the least, rather strange and, at one point, slightly acrimonious!!!. At the end of the two days they told us that they couldn't make up their minds and needed the weekend to think about it! On the Monday they rang me up and offered me the post which, having had a weekend to think about it, I sent them back to think again and refused their offer. At one point during the two day interview I was told how many app
  2. The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, holds the K.C.V.O. The late Dean of Westminster, John Hall, also holds a K.C.V.O.
  3. Thank you for that - that titbit hadn't reached the depths of the South Charente!
  4. I hope this isn't too oblique but, with a possible change 'at the top' in the offing, (a certain person has just passed his 75th birthday) and the possibility of the new appointment being an ex RNCM scholar it might be more interesting than may first appear!!!
  5. James O'Donnell is a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory (K.C.S.G.) a Knighthood conferred by the Pope. Not a UK Knighthood but a Knighthood all the same! I have no feeling for the UK honours system despite the fact that both of my parents held the C.B.E. My mother's was a Military C.B.E. given for services during WWII. She was a brave woman. My father always maintained that he wasn't sure why they gave him his!!!! It came in the 'Wilson honours list' and he always maintained that, perhaps, it was because he voted Labour!!! I'm absolutely sure that politics does play a part in there somewh
  6. I think I just typed the date and wiki - yep! January 13th - wiki - and this came up January 13 - Wikipedia Limit it to musicians - sorry - no idea!!!!
  7. The only thing I can think of, and you will excuse me mentioning the dreaded word, is Wikipedia!! Today, for instance, is the birthday of Wolf-Ferrari (1876), Morton Feldman (1926), Kentaro Haneder (1949). The Italian composer Carissimi died in 1674. It is also the feast day of Aelred of Rievaulx (d.1167). Tomorrow you might think about Johnny Cash or even Wyatt Earp!!! Sunday brings the birthday of John Stanley (b.1712), Gossec (1734) and the birth of the German Theologian Neander (1789) (wrong Neander!!!) Also the death of Philip Jones, the Trumpeter (d. 2000. A Stanley Trumpe
  8. And, belatedly, from me too! I spent Christmas and the New Year in the UK, made three attempts to get home! I was thwarted by covid restrictions prior to Christmas and, a week later, my almost new car breaking down at 02h00 in the morning on the M40. Today I, finally, at last, arrived back home! I wasn't able to 'log-on' in the UK so no greeting from me until now! Let us hope that 2021 brings with it more joy than 2020 - which, as far as I can see, was a miserable year. Good wishes to all.
  9. Some strong words! And, perhaps, there might be an element of truth in what you say. Only AN can pronounce on the statement that he hates the instrument. As far as being a college and they can "unfortunately do what they want" that isn't true. The Chapel will be listed by EH, as a Class I listed building. I suspect that the organ is also as part of that listing. Permission will need to be grated by EH as well as, in all probability, by the Diocese of Ely - there will be all kinds of hoops to jump through before this can happen!!!
  10. At 4:41 - on the video I watched a red arrow appeared to show the mouse!! poor thing must have thought its end had come!!!
  11. Thank you Martin for Andrew Lucas' account of the use of the royal Trumpets. I never said that they Royal Trumpets were banned! I said that Her Majesty was 'a little taken aback' and that a request was made that they weren't used when she was underneath them - which is, in effect, what Andrew wrote.
  12. I am reliably told that the first time 'herself' heard the Royal Trumpets she was somewhat taken aback by the noise they made and the 'old Duke' was a little more forthright about them!!! I'm also told that a request came, from 'Buck house' that they be not used when the two, aforesaid mentioned persons are directly underneath them!!! Only gossip of course but it's a good story with, I understand, an element of truth!
  13. Yes - I'm not quite sure what the video was designed to tell me - apart from the French tend to have, in their cathedrals, two organs, le grande orgue at the west End and the orgue de choeur in the choir. Despite this seemingly preponderance of organs, the French don't have strong choral tradition. I'll be willing to bet that, prior to the Widor you post from the cathedral in Nancy the noises that preceded it at Holy Mass were a little grim. I've been in a very well-known Paris church on a Sunday morning attempting to sing Credo III, accompanied, antiphonally, by the two organs (and two organi
  14. Perhaps you would like to tell us more!!!
  15. Sorry - it still shows as: "This attachment is not available. It may have been removed or the person who shared it may not have permission to share it to this location." Perhaps it's my computer!!!
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