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Christine Jose Rigby

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  1. Many thanks for sharing this information about the many organs of Paris. Vincent Hildebrandt not only has this website, but he also has a Facebook page 'Organs of Paris' https://www.facebook.com/OrgansOfParis/ It is a timely reminder for me to share both of these links with the Warrington Cavaillé-Coll Organ Facebook group, where Vincent keeps us up to date with the recitals at the Parisian Churches. https://www.facebook.com/groups/660405240701596/
  2. Some images and sound-samples* from this unique studio-organ, designed by and built for, internationally-acclaimed teacher, organ consultant, and recitalist, Roger Fisher. Following his retirement from professional engagements, the instrument is now offered for sale. (Guide-price: £8,000.00, with the purchaser responsible for removal.) Interested parties should contact Philip on prushforth539@gmail.com (* Pieces used in the video, in order: Elegy - Harold Darke (1888 - 1976) Méditation - Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986) Monologue in C - Josef Rheinberger (1839 - 1901)) The music is played by Roger.
  3. Some images and sound-samples* from this unique studio-organ, designed by and built for, internationally-acclaimed teacher, organ consultant, and recitalist, Roger Fisher. Following his retirement from professional engagements, the instrument is now offered for sale. (Guide-price: £8,000.00, with the purchaser responsible for removal.) Interested parties should contact Philip on prushforth539@gmail.com (* Pieces used in the video, in order: Elegy - Harold Darke (1888 - 1976) Méditation - Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986) Monologue in C - Josef Rheinberger (1839 - 1901)) The music is played by Roger.
  4. 'Two Borough Organists have served Wolverhampton at the Civic Hall, Arnold Richardson (1938--1973) and Steve Tovey (1991--2016), the latter becoming City Organist in 2001. Prior to Steve being appointed organist, the organ was destined for the scrapheap after making no profit to the hall for many years. Steve turned this around when he proved that it could be profitable by holding theatre organ concerts on the organ, which subsidise the classical organ concerts'.
  5. By no means a reply, Ron - but maybe this will be of interest - http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/fr/musee-carnavalet/oeuvres/mains-de-l-organiste-louis-vierne-jouant-sur-un-orgue-a-cinq-claviers
  6. I will leave it for you to decide if this is encouraging, or not, Zimbelstern. Last October, we were able to book the Parr Hall for 4 hours, at a cost of £50. Those there were Kurt Lueders (Vice-President of the Association Aristide Cavaillé-Coll), Gerald Sumner, David Wells, Ted Tilling, Scirard Lancelyn-Green and myself. This meeting resulted in the collaboration of Gerald and Kurt, which resulted in a fine monograph about the Warrington organ. As far as I know, Warrington Borough Council is asking £1.25 million for the Cavaillé-Coll organ, which achieved a Grade One listing by BIOS in June, 2015. Following my last meeting with Culture Warrington in 2014, I created the Facebook group, 'Warrington Cavaillé-Coll Organ'. https://www.facebook.com/groups/660405240701596/ Ian Bell did a full report on the condition of the organ for WBC in October, 2011. In it, he recommended that there was a contract of maintenance, as tuning it before a Male Voice Choir concert was far from enough. I have distributed the copies we ordered to several significant people, in the hope that one day someone will realize how important this instrument is. The last recital was by Jonathan Kingston on 26th October, 2015.
  7. Or a high quality pipe organ with a first class speaker system, S_L !! Previous comments about the accompaniment of the liturgy and lack of recitals at Saint Peter's remind me of the little used Cavaillé-Coll/Mutin organ which was once that of le baron Albert d'ilbarritz. As a Shrine of Perpetual Adoration, the Basilique du Sacré Cœur, Paris does not have recitals, and I understand that those in charge there are said to be indifferent to the instrument.
  8. Sacrosanctum Concilium: I quote 'In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendour to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to higher things.' Cavaillé-Coll 's Monumental Organ Project for Saint Peter's, Rome: Bigger Than Them All, by Ronald Ebrecht, tells the engrossing story of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll 's quest to build the largest-ever mechanical-action organ in the biggest church at the time. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cavaille-Colls-Monumental-Organ-Project-Peters/dp/0739184393
  9. It has recently been pointed out that this organ was built by Isaac Abbott, not Abbott & Smith as first thought. This is a photo of the name-plate taken at the time of the restoration. The 1886 organ featured should be described as an Isaac Abbott instrument rather than an Abbott & Smith - like the 1884 Isaac Abbott organ in Arncliffe Parish Church, Upper Wharfedale. Here is the maker's plate which I photographed in M.Bancelle's workshop.
  10. I agree, John. We have found this to be the case, here in Warrington. Although the 1870 organ in the Parr Hall is obviously important as the only recognizable survivor of the nine Cavaillé-Coll organs built in this country, it is strongly believed that the organ has a special significance in the entire corpus of the Cavaillé-Coll organs, something that might well be especially important if the disposal of the organ by the Warrington authorities becomes a real threat to its survival. There is no doubt in my mind that this could and should become a major heritage issue in the widest sense. It is ironic that one of the people involved in the removal of the Cragg Vale organ to France is also my co-Admin of the Facebook group 'Warrington Cavaillé-Coll Organ'. Just like Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, he is also from Toulouse. https://www.facebook.com/groups/660405240701596/
  11. Although the 1870 organ in the Parr Hall is obviously important as the only recognizable survivor of the nine Cavaillé-Coll organs built in this country, it is strongly believed that the organ has a special significance in the entire corpus of the Cavaillé-Coll organs, something that might well be especially important if the disposal of the organ by the Warrington authorities becomes a real threat to its survival. There is no doubt in my mind that this could and should become a major heritage issue in the widest sense. It is ironic that one of the people involved in the removal of the Cragg Vale organ to France is also my co-Admin of the Facebook group 'Warrington Cavaillé-Coll Organ'. Just like Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, he is also from Toulouse'.
  12. This article from The Organ magazine gives us some more information. The Dallam family originated in Dallam, Near Warrington (then in Lancashire, and now in Cheshire). http://www.theorganmag.com/articles/sultan.html
  13. http://video-m6info-yahoopartner.tumblr.com/post/142583312967/lot-le-point-dorgue-du-cur%C3%A9 The Inaugural Service of Dedication of this Abbott & Smith organ. Julie and Geraint Harris were there from Cragg Vale. After the opening concert, both the Bishop - Mgr Laurent Camiade, and organ builder M Bancelles gave an extra couple of pieces. The photo is of the Bishop.
  14. The 1886 Abbott & Smith organ of the Church of St. James, Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire has been moved to the Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Marchilac-sur-Célé, Mid Pyrenees, France over the last two years. At 10am today, Sunday 10th April, their will be an inauguration with the Benediction of the organ and a Pontifical Mass, followed by a recital by Giorgio Revelli at 3pm. This link is to this instrument https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2g00u5_promenade-musicale-en-la-tres-fascinante-abbaye-de-marcilhac-sur-cele_creation Last year, le Père Guillaume, Parish Priest of l'Abbaye de Marcilhac-sur-Célé in South Western France, raised nearly 40 k€ through crowd-funding. This link is of his parachute jump to raise money for the project https://youtu.be/HdOCcpSkTvE This one is to the lead up to his jump https://youtu.be/Mcn8T9YzH0A
  15. As wolsey and John Pike Mander pointed out, we have Michael Barone of Pipedreams to thank for this excellent memoriam to John Scott. http://pipedreams.pu...ings/2015/1533/
  16. A moving tribute to John Scott on The Choir (BBC R3). Very disconcerting to hear his voice in the extract from an edition of the programme some years ago which featured his work at St Thomas, Fifth Avenue. For those of you who can get BBC iPlayer, the item is about ten minutes before the end of this episode. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06flbm9 They also mentioned that they are broadcasting two of his Choral Evensong broadcasts: from St Paul's on 28th October and then on 23rd December from St Thomas's Church. John Scott's life and work will be remembered at Evensong in St Paul's Cathedral, London, this Friday, 9 October, at 5 pm. https://www.stpauls.co.uk/…/john-scott-commemoration-arrang…
  17. Monday 26th October 2015 – 7:30pm Jonathan Kingston (Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly, London) Parr Hall, Warrington admission £5 / concessions £4.50 http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N01653 Recently given an Historic Organ Certificate by the BIOS and listed as Grade 1 http://www.bios.org.uk/resources/hocs2.php Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, Paris 1870-75 Case design attributed to Simil Moved to Parr Hall 1926 - Action changed 1972 Case, Console and original pipework and soundboards Listed Grade I June 2015 Grand Orgue: Montre 16, Montre 8, Bourdon, Flute harmonique, Viole de gambe, Salicional, Prestant, Octavin, Plein jeu VI, Basson, Trompette, Clairon. Recit: DIapason, Quintaton, Flute traversiere, Viole de gambe, Voix célestes, Flute octaviante, Viole d'amour, Octavin, Mixture VI, Basson, Trompette, Clairon Positif: Quintaton, Principal, Dulciana, Nachthorn, Unda maris, Flute douce, Doublette, Piccolo, Petit plein jeu VI, Voix humaine, Basson et hautbois, Clarinette Pedale: Soubasse 32, Contrebass, Violon, Soubasse, Diapason, Violoncelle, Flute, Corno dolce 4, Bombarde, Trompette, Clairon This is the link to the Facebook group 'Warrington Cavaillé-Coll Organ' https://www.facebook.com/groups/660405240701596/
  18. The Ancient and Modern Revised Edition has been around for a long time - but even today, it is well worth buying !! You will not be disappointed PLRT. http://www.canterburypress.co.uk/books/9780907547082/hymns-ancient-and-modern-revised-edition-full-music-ref-no-71
  19. There is a webcast link to last Sunday's John Scott Memorial Recital at Saint Thomas's Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/calendar/events/worship/15329/john-scott-memorial-recital-benjamin-sheen-and-stephen-buzard
  20. This William Harris Prelude is also a beautiful piece of music. It was played and extemporised as Princess Diana was taken into Westminster Abbey, before her Funeral. https://youtu.be/F6It-AHK4EI
  21. I would like you to see this comment I made about recent happenings around the 1870 C-C Organ. In 1833, the Cavaille-Coll family moved from Toulouse to Paris to put in a Tender for the Organ of St Denis. More recently, someone else from Toulouse travelled to Warrington last week - this time to hear the 1870 Cavaille-Coll Organ in a Recital in the Parr Hall. He Is Mathieu Delmas. Mathieu has given me a great deal of information about organs in France - but not just those of Cavaille-Coll. Toulouse is home to many fine organs - the first one to come to mind is that of Saint-Sernin. http://www.toulouse-les-orgues.org/les-orgues/un-patrimoine-exceptionnel/toulouse-city-of-the-organ.html?lang=en Not only was Mathieu in Warrington for last weeks Recital, but also for the visit, on Monday, when fifty members of The Organ Club were in the Parr Hall as part of their tour of Organs in the Region. I had tried to message Mathieu about this visit, but it turned out that he hadn't received my message. I was delighted to see him up there at the console, being registrant and page turner for those who were playing the C-C. I later found that he had been invited by a friend who was part of that group - so you can imagine my surprise. To hear Professional Organists playing this instrument here in Warrington that day was almost a surreal experience. It came to me that they were playing the music of those Organist/Composers who had actually played this 1870 C-C Organ when it was either in the avenue du Maine - Paris demonstration hall, or in Bracewell Hall, Nr Skipton. It will be a memorable occasion for a long time to come. End of my comment.
  22. The jewel in the Warrington's crown will shine again in a Recital tomorrow in the Parr Hall, Warrington given by two accomplished Organists. This will be a memorable event, and hopefully this fine instrument will continue to be more than just a memory, that is if Warrington Borough Council doesn't decide to let it go to Sheffield Cathedral. We proved that people were willing to travel from far and wide to hear this fine instrument last March - and there's no reason why we can't do it again !!! This is the link to a recent article about the town's Organ by Cheshire Life reporter, Robert Beale. http://www.cheshirelife.co.uk/out-about/preserving_the_cavaille_coll_organ_at_parr_hall_warrington_1_3782813 This is the link to the Facebook group 'Warrington Cavaille-Coll Organ' https://www.facebook.com/groups/660405240701596/ Show your support, and we will be able to keep it here. I saw this on organrecitals.com Wednesday 22 October 2014 – 7:30 Parr Hall, Warrington admission £5 / concessions £4.50 Benjamin Chewter and Michael Wynne Full details, including stop list and location map: http://organrecitals.com/1/inf.php?inf=13230
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