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  1. Wonderful Rowland - where do you find this stuff from? Clearly something is lacking in my musical education!!! And, after that, comes the next version!! One commentator enjoyed it so much they were thinking of having it for their wedding - which, for some of us, might be a slightly worrying thought!!!!
  2. Apologies, that's probably my fault!! 'Erred and strayed like lost sheep' - it's what I do well!!!
  3. Washington Cathedral has a Carillon and it is played every Sunday usually by the Cathedral Carillonneur, Dr Edward Nassor. It is an integral part of the morning worship, the title of the piece, often an improvisation on the music for the first hymn, arranged by Dr. Nassor, is printed in the Order of Service, preceding the Organ Preludes, the Introit and the Processional Hymn. The Carillon is made up of 53 bells weighing 64 tons. The bells were cast by Taylors of Loughborough, dedicated in 1963 and are the third heaviest set in the world. The Cathedral bells, a ring of 10 in D have a tenor weighing 32 cwt. (not that large as far as 'ringing' bells go!) which were cast, also in 1963, by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. They are usually rung after the worship, often to a quarter peal.
  4. Oh dear!! I must be losing it!! Yes, I remember now!! Thank you Rowland.
  5. I tried to find out something about this instrument and was, largely unsuccessful. There was some information and it is covered on another thread, posted reasonably recently, somewhere on here. But I can't remember in which thread!! From what I remember it was a four manual with one of the manuals being a piano. Apart from that I can't help. Pattman, who held the FRCO, was an interesting character. Born in 1875, he studied at Peterborough under Haydn Keeton, was organist at Hessle Parish church in the East Riding of Yorkshire in 1900 and quickly moved from there to Bridlington Priory where he held the post from 1901 to 1904. He then went to St. Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow for 12 years and then to London. The touring organ was ordered from Harrison & Harrison but no records seem to be available which surprises me. Pattman died in 1961. My maternal grandmother, who, herself, eventually held the FRCO was born at Etton and had organ lessons at Beverley Minster with J.H.N. Camidge but, before that, for a year, had lessons with Pattman at Bridlington. It appears that travel to Bridlington was an all day job! She went with the carrier, by horse and cart, the twelve miles to Driffield and then got the train to Bridlington returning in the evening. I don't know why she stopped lessons with Pattman. Perhaps the journey to Beverley was easier!
  6. Absolutely!!! And, on the subject of Ligeti, can I recommend the very excellent book by my old colleague Richard Steinitz. An excellent read!
  7. I don't think anyone played my piece in the RFH - at least, I hope not!! Yes. I remember those recitals - I was doing Post Grad. work at RCM - packed out they used to be - I wonder what went wrong!!!
  8. Very Ligeti!! - which is not, exactly, that 'up to date'! - Volumina, mentioned in the clip, was written in 1961/62 - 60 years ago!!! And Ligeti has been dead for 15 years!! I didn't think it was, musically, particularly 'out of the ordinary' - or, perhaps it was, with an organist really using his instrument to experiment with different sound 'shapes'. I suppose that's, generally, not what organists are well-known for!!! Some interesting sounds. I remember writing a piece, when I was a student, some ten years after Volumina', for organ, which involved playing with a gloved fist! - but that's another story - and the score is, hopefully, lost!!! Enjoyed the clip, by the way! Thanks for posting it!
  9. Does it really matter? So the presenter mixed up the words 'stop' and pipes' But, of course, nitpicking is what we are good at! Why not just celebrate that the BBC Proms featured an organ recital of quality given by a distinguished player. I notice that not one of the previous comments on the quality of a) the playing or b) the chosen repertoire. No wonder organists have such a bad reputation!!!
  10. The good Dr. Colin is back!!! .............................. and, as usual, I didn't understand a word of it ........................... Zoom Machine - WAV file - too complex for my simple mind!!!!
  11. Good to see you again Colin!
  12. Is there much "twang and bang" used in French churches? I don't know to be honest but let me tell you of an experience I did have! It was Good Friday, about five years ago and I went to the Liturgy in my local church. The celebration was in the evening which meant that people working, Good Friday is not a holiday in France, were able to attend. As always, I arrived very early. At the front there were a host of young people with guitars and other instruments - I don't remember a drum kit! They were practising and it wasn't very good. I nearly walked out and came home but thought better of it. About ten minutes before the liturgy commenced the rehearsal stopped, the teenagers settled down in the pews at the front and the church became silent. The priest entered, in silence, prostrated, got up and read the collect and we heard the first reading. The Responsorial Psalm was accompanied by guitars and other instruments. The Response was sung in unison accompanied but the verse was chanted, SSAA - four parts, unaccompanied by the teenagers - and done very well indeed! The rest of the liturgy followed a similar pattern and a similar vein and, after a couple of hours, I came home with a sense of admiration and pleased with the liturgy that had unfolded. It occurred to me that the rehearsal I witnessed was exactly what a rehearsal was for - sorting out the bits that weren't very good to make them better. The music wouldn't have been what i would have chosen, it was, unashamedly, in a popular vein but it was well done. In contrast I remember going to a Good Friday liturgy before I came to France. We were to be treated to Lotti Crucifixus, John of Portugal, Casals, Bruckner etc. - all the 'Good Friday classics' The music list looked very impressive, had been printed in a booklet for the Holy Week Liturgies, but was too difficult for the singers, was badly performed and I sat on edge all the way through! I'd rather have the 'twangies' - any day!!!
  13. I'm not sure what you mean, although I have some idea, and what you are referring to! But if you are referring to the Mass setting I have written for the French church then I can assure you that it isn't 'twang and bang' in the slightest. The melodies are are in a sort of modal 'Plainsong' with an organ accompaniment based on chords often with missing 3rds or with 7ths and 9ths - and often in 'streams' - perhaps reminiscent of Debussy. Tomorrow the music will be sung in a Cistercian Abbey by an Order of Enclosed Nuns, together with Nuns from a local Benedictine Abbey to celebrate St. Bernard of Clairvaux! Definitely not 'twang and bang'!!
  14. Are churches closing left, right and centre? I'm not so sure that they are! I live in France but the part of the country I come from has churches, and often ancient churches, in almost every village. The livings may be, very often, held in plurality and services may not be every week but the churches aren't closing and most of them, unlike French village churches, have organs in them which are used, frequently by willing amateur players doing their best! I'm told that attendance at the established church has increased, both at Christmas and Easter and also recently. People not normally seen in church are attending more regularly. As for an interest in organs. I sometimes think that we don't do ourselves any favours. Organ recitals are often dreary affairs with an emphasis on counterpoint. I'd like to see a better mix - more recitals including those transcriptions of orchestral music that were so popular during the Victorian era!! Many organists still perpetuate what they see to be 'good music' (whatever that means) in church. Choral Evensong - Stanford in C and the like! Middle-class attitudes - cassocks, surplices and academic hoods - and a rather superior attitude to their craft. (Within the past year i have visited three 'Greater churches' and been treated with a superior attitude and complete indifference by the resident 'titulaire' when I showed interest in the organ - as opposed to two cathedrals where I was greeted with open arms!!!) The RSCM in one area I know put forward a scheme to learn the organ with no takers - simply because it was 'packaged' wrongly! There is interest out there but learning the organ and practising, and we have been here before, has often insurmountable difficulties. The sexual behaviour, also, of some clergy and some organists, and some high profile publicity, doesn't help our cause! What is different about Germany, the Netherlands (and France!)? I don't know. Village churches in France tend not to have organs but recitals in Cathedrals etc. are often very well attended and French audiences will happily listen to reams of Messiaen and the like! I have, recently, written a Mass setting, to be sung in French and sung 'by the people'. Playing it to a friend of mine in the UK, last week, he commented that he couldn't imagine the music being used in a church in the UK - it was 'too modern'! He could imagine the grumbles! And yet, the French congregation it was written for enjoy singing it! We've been here before. I don't know the answer but I do know that 'doom and gloom' and constant 'moaning' about how bad it is doesn't help! We need to be more positive, get up and get out there, and be more alive to the 21st century rather than living in the past! I'll now put my soap box away - and take cover!!!! Amazing - post number 800 - I didn't realise I'd been here that long!!!
  15. The 'her' is a 'him'!!!
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