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Aeron Glyn Preston

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  1. I am sad to have learnt in the last few days that the 3-manual Hill organ in All Saints Church, Llanelli (http://npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=G01663), which had been advertised on the IBO site and the Organ Clearing House site, may have been destroyed. I am sure many churches would have been very pleased to have an instrument of such quality. How did it evade rescue, I wonder?
  2. This instrument is now in need of rescuing, as the Union Free Chapel in Wellington is due to be sold for housing. I have received an email from a registered values, who has blithely assumed that I, having expressed an interest in looking at the organ, am in a position to buy it. I am not, and am thus in something of a panic! I could arrange to look at it and take some photos/videos, if anyone is interested.
  3. I've made my own arrangement of the Sinfonia Pastorale from Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" for Midnight Mass, which is not dissimilar in style to the "Pifa" movement in Handel's Messiah.
  4. I saw this instrument advertised on the IBO's list. It looks like a fine instrument. I imagine that the unusual apsidal design of the case(s?) might have made it difficult to re-accommodate without electrification, and that most organ builders would be at the least rather circumspect about ripping out an original action.
  5. I know of a priest in the Church in Wales who hadn't heard of "Choral Evensong" even after she was ordained...
  6. Could anyone verify the claim made at the bottom of this survey about this organ's previous location? http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N00990 It says it came from Sheffield Cathedral, but the spec is a bit smaller than that listed under that location. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N02848 I would be curious to know how much of the Brindley sound can still be heard in it.
  7. There is a certain tedious ubiquity to Conacher organs in Wales... They seem mainly to be from the original firm's line (i.e. the Peter Conacher "line").
  8. The drawstops on the Conacher organ below are in the same style as those in Quentin's photo, though the columns are two drawstops wide. http://npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N11858 Quentin, NPOR shows a large Conacher organ in St Paul's, Colwyn Bay. Are you familiar with it at all?
  9. A fairly large two-manual Conacher organ is still housed in Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil. Dr William Reynolds, organist of St Mary's, Swansea, is heading up a grant application to get the organ restored. It's not playable at the moment, and I've never heard it myself, but I'm assuming it is/was a fine instrument, given its BIOS certification. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=G01778 http://www.theatrsoar.co.uk/take-part/heritage-treftadaeth/
  10. I mentioned the organ at Meifod church a little while ago - it has rather a fine case. http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02563 https://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/topic/4234-christ-church-welshpool/
  11. Then you should definitely make the pilgrimage to St Michael's, Tenbury Wells, if you get the opportunity. The diapering on the front pipes depicts St Michael's slaughter of the dragon. The pictures on NPOR do it little justice. I think it is a shame that Willis did not "do" casework more often though. On this organ, it would do much to highlight the diapering. (http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N14871)
  12. I had a very similar thought to David's cheat! If it's good enough for Chopin... Chopin_Nocturne_Op37_No1.tif
  13. In some ways! I'm not a big fan of adding digital to pipe organs, for example. However, I think the case is more than merely charming, and the instrument itself is far superior to the vast majority of instruments of my acquaintance in the county (Powys).
  14. Two almost in England, but not quite - very close to its border with Wales:- Old Radnor Hay-on-Wye
  15. There's a quotation about tremulants from a French organ builder working in Dublin at the end of the 17th century in Bicknell's The History of the English Organ (p. 189):-
  16. The Tromba on the Great went to Brecon Cathedral, and has proved a worthy addition to the tonal resources of the instrument there.
  17. Good afternoon everyone! I wanted to point forum members to a very worthy project in Welshpool, in Mid-Wales. Christ Church in Welshpool was designed by Thomas Penson as a second parish church in the 19th century, in a Romanesque style. Sadly, the church became redundant, but is now being lovingly restored. Karl and Natalie Bass have completed their own residence at the back of the nave and under the tower, and are now starting to restore the nave, the organ, and other fittings. The Gray/Holdich organ was built for St Mary's, Welshpool, in 1813, and was moved to Christ Church in 1884. They have started raising money for a full restoration with an organ recital by James Parsons last Sunday, and have already raised £700! I am sure they would appreciate any contributions. Natalie has also told me that members of the forum are welcome to book a visit to play the organ. It is one of two organs by Gray in Montgomeryshire with BIOS certificates; the other is at the Church of St Mary and St Tysilio in nearby Meifod. Information on the recital at Christ Church: http://www.christchurchwelshpool.co.uk/journal/ NPOR entry for Christ Church: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D00050 NPOR entry for St Mary and St Tysilio, Meifod: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02563 (Note that a replacement for the original Great Mixture* with contemporary pipework has been put in by Peter Collins in recent years, according to the organist, Dr Malcolm Clarke.) *And trumpet
  18. Dennis, Gary Owens has not long put a new Swell engine into the organ at Brecon Cathedral. It could be worth asking him.
  19. On the Hamburg specification, does "durchschl." mean free reed?
  20. On a day trip to London this past weekend, I stepped into the aforementioned Wren church. At first, I was bowled over by the architecture, but, on turning to view the "West" wall, I was saddened to see the organ case, with many of the front pipes missing. How could the organ in such a fine church in a seemingly wealthy area be allowed to fall into this condition?
  21. There's a picture of the Sidney Sussex organ in the factory here:- http://www.orgelnieuws.nl/flentrop-toont-orgel-cambridge-tijdens-open-dag/
  22. http://mander-organs-forum.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/4090-bear-and-pipe-organ/ Apologies! Quite a few months ago! Tempus fugit!
  23. Was that not the organ by Mander Organs that JPM mentioned on this forum a few weeks ago, with a clockwork bear appearing at the top of the case?
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