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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. 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!
  2. Happy Birthday, Francis

    Yes - apologies for that - but I'm an hour in front of you!!!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.)
  7. 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!!).
  8. 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.
  9. Unusual audience member

    I suppose that depends on who is listening!!!!!!!
  10. Unusual audience member

    .............................. and to contemplate playing Messiaen L'Ascension - with the copy closed, on a small (?) two manual with the back to the music - cats must be wonderful creatures indeed!!!
  11. Unusual audience member

    A friend of mine, the Vicar of an ancient Abbey, regularly took his dog to Morning and Evening Prayer. She sat quietly, next to his feet, throughout the office and rarely made a murmur. She regularly was found in church at all kinds of occasions but, surprisingly, didn't go to Mass on Sunday morning! I was at a wedding of a friend in a rural church in Lincolnshire where the bride was processed down the aisle with the Priest in front of her and his dog, on a lead, by the side of him. This was, I'm told, a common occurrence.
  12. There is a long discussion on the 'Ship of Fools' website concerning the situation at St. Sep's http://forum.ship-of-fools.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=008513
  13. And, I think, St. Sep's has said that it will honour all bookings made for 2018! One thing that concerns me is the amount of emotive language being used by the press and others about this issue. Of course, it is 'silly season' and the press have nothing better to do than to make any negotiation between the church and the hiring bodies even more difficult than it probably already is! I don't know St. Sep's but I do know that it is an off-shoot of Holy Trinity Brompton which isn't where I would choose to go to church on a Sunday. I suspect that the large numbers attending both services on a Sunday and midweek 'worship' activities make space at a premium. I might be wrong here. I don't think it is about 'classical' music versus 'trendy' or whatever and I think that is a dangerous road to go down. What I will say is that I do think that the whole business seems to have been handled very badly - but, sadly, diplomacy isn't taught in theological college - nor, dare I say it, in music faculties either!!.
  14. Interesting that the church website, which seems current and up-to-date, still has a seperate page for 'Hiring'. St. Sepulchre’s is an ideal venue for concerts or rehearsals. Conveniently located near several transport hubs, it has a large and well-equipped main space, a separate rehearsal room, modern facilities, and green rooms available on request. and, whilst it seems that St. Sep's has become a branch of Holy Trinity Brompton, the tradition of singing Choral Evensong remains and is being funded.. Evensong is a traditional service with beautiful choral settings of scripture and prayers, set alongside readings and a short sermon from the Bible. St. Sepulchre’s has a rich choral heritage and the music is led by our superb professional choir. It is a great way to unwind and refresh at the end of a busy day. We have been extremely fortunate to have received some very generous donations, to fund elements of our choral worship here at St. Sepulchre’s. We are particularly grateful to the following: The Mercers’ Company – who are funding the costs associated with employing our Director of Music, Peter Asprey The Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel – who are funding an Organ Scholarship here at St. Sepulchre’s, currently held by Ashley Wagner The Musicians’ Company – who are funding a choral scholarship at St. Sepulchre’s, currently held by Emily Meredith St. John’s College, Oxford – who have been our Patron at St. Sepulchre for more than 350 years, and who are funding a choral scholarship at St. Sepulchre’s, currently held by Eavan Dowse” The website also says: We also have a rich heritage as ‘The Musicians’ Church’, and are passionate about our ministry and mission amongst the musicians’ community and using excellence in music to the glory of God. All of which doesn't seem to add up or sit happily with https://slippedisc.c...-its-musicians/ Very strange!!!
  15. Proms 2017

    That looks to be an interesting day at the 'Proms'! Thank you for pointing it out!