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Aeron Glyn Preston

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  1. I hope I may be forgiven for going slightly off-topic here. I had an interesting conversation with the saxophonist Gerard McChrystal over the summer about musicians' hearing. He spoke of a crisis waiting to happen to a whole generation of performers, because not enough attention had been paid in the past to the high volumes to which individual musicians are subject. I cannot find the link now, but I recall watching a video of Lorin Maazel's Ring Without Words (the main themes of Wagner's cycle compressed into a symphonic piece). The (literal) hammer blows in the percussion section seemed to cause distress to the players around. I couldn't really say how the risk for organists compares to that for other musicians. I imagine organ tuners don't have it easy!
  2. https://www.mascioni-organs.com/en/florence-cathedral/
  3. I'm assuming that was from the Cardiff OrganFest at the start of the month. I had asked on another thread whether any forum members had gone, but no-one responded.
  4. Shame I can't go. I also missed the Cardiff OrganFest on the weekend. Both Gerard Brooks and David Briggs were giving recitals. Did any forum members go?
  5. What news is there on this project? Is there a draft specification anywhere?
  6. I've just been re-reading his famous (infamous?) tome. I find it a very irritating book in several ways. A lot of his own tastes and inclinations are presented as fact. The quality of the writing seems to vary, with odd tangents and emphases on trivial and largely inconsequential bits of information.
  7. Agreed. I can't fathom the reason for having two consoles within the case of such a small instrument.
  8. No exact spec though, as I was after.
  9. Does anyone know what the specification is for the proposed rebuild of the organ at Peterhouse? Apparently both Flentrop and Klais are involved. The mock-up seems to show two consoles in the case, one at the front and the other at the side. How would that work from an engineering perspective?
  10. This page may serve as a useful starting point. http://cdmnet.org/Julian/cf/bldrs.htm
  11. There is this one too... https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=C00826
  12. I know that couple well...
  13. I am currently watching Channel 4 News. According to a cathedral spokesperson, all the wooden interior fittings are likely to be destroyed.
  14. Sorry to be pedantic, but the author is Nicholas Thistlethwaite.
  15. How are Rushworth and Dreaper's efforts in neo-classical style regarded nowadays?
  16. I am pleased to relate that work has started on the restoration of the organ at the former Christ Church in Welshpool. https://www.christchurchwelshpool.co.uk/beginning-to-restore-the-organ/
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. I know of a priest in the Church in Wales who hadn't heard of "Choral Evensong" even after she was ordained...
  22. 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.
  23. 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").
  24. 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?
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