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John Erskine

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    Malvern, Worcestershire
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    Organs and organ music, of course (especially, but not exclusively, of the earlier periods); early music generally - especially early keyboard music; the virginals; the early organ, the clavichord, the harpsichord; the English Virginalists; Renaissance choral music, especially English; mad about Thomas Tomkins

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  1. There have been various revisions, but there is apparently a current version of the scheme still under active consideration. My knowledge (such as it is) comes from a private conversation that I won't quote from without permission, but I was entirely convinced that the lack of public information is not indicative of a lack of effort among those concerned. (It may also be worth observing that the confidently critical opinions thrown about on Facebook a while ago about the contents of the old organ case were quite wildly inaccurate.)
  2. Sunday 28th February 3pm Leominster Priory, Church St, Leominster HR6 8NH Hilary Norris Celebratory recital to mark the completion of the restoration of the fine Nicholson organ Programme to include works by Bach, Franck, Rheinberger, and Vierne Refreshments Admission free, retiring collection http://www.leominsterpriory.org.uk/
  3. ST SWITHUN’S Church Street, off High Street, Worcester www.swithun.org.uk Andrew McCrea (St Swithun’s & Royal College of Organists) The St Swithun’s Festival Recital using the historic 1795 Gray organ & the reconstructed Tudor ‘Wetheringsett’ organ also forming part of the ‘150 for 150’ recital series celebrating the anniversary of the RCO 1.10pm Friday 18th July 2014 To be played on the ‘Wetheringsett’ Tudor organ:- Anon. (Robertsbridge Codex), Estampie Hans Kotter (1485–1541), Prooemium in re & Salve Regina Thomas Preston (d. after 1559), Felix namqu
  4. Thank you for that information. (I've also had a number of recommendations about the American firm Ektralamp - similarly described as good but expensive.) JE
  5. I’m almost sure I’ve read recommendations about console lights somewhere on this Forum. Did I dream it? Sorry if I’m being half-blind or three-quarters stupid, but I’ve searched without success. I’m finding it more difficult than I’d thought to find a source of supply for something really suitable – small enough, neat enough, but with enough power and width to the light to illuminate properly. The problem is much increased by the fact that it’s an historically important organ, and the case is eighteenth-century mahogany, including the music desk and all the console and its surrounds. So fi
  6. ST SWITHUN’S St Swithun’s, Church Street, Worcester WR1 2RH www.swithun.org.uk James Perkins (London): lunchtime recital on the historic 1795 Gray organ & the reconstructed Tudor ‘Wetheringsett’ organ 1.10pm Friday 30th August 2013 To be played on the ‘Wetheringsett’ Tudor organ:- William Byrd (1543-1623), Voluntary from My Ladye Nevells Booke William Byrd (1543-1623), The Seconde Pavin and the Galliarde to the same Benjamin Cosyn (c1570-c1652), Fantasia Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), Balletto del granduca To be played on the 1795 Gray organ:- Geor
  7. St Swithun’s, Church Street, Worcester WR1 2R Peter Bassett (Newick): lunchtime recital on the historic 1795 Gray organ 1.10pm Friday 16th August 2013 Edward Johnson (fl.1572-1601), Pavana (‘Delight’) and Galiarda set by William Byrd (1540-1623) Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), Paduana Lachrimae George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Keyboard suite in D minor (HWV 437) William Hayes (1708-1777), Keyboard concerto in G major (ed. R Langley) Wide-screen projection of the main organ console www.swithun.org.uk
  8. 9th August 1.10pm at St Swithun's, Church Street, Worcester www.swithun.org.uk Gerdi Troskie (Worcester) The 1795 Gray organ & the reconstructed Tudor ‘Wetheringsett’ Organ To be played on the ‘Wetheringsett’ Tudor organ:- John Bull (1563-1628), Voluntary John Redford (d.1547), Primo dierum omnium Thomas Tallis (1505-85), Clarifica me Pater I-III) To be played on the 1795 Gray organ:- James Hook (1746-1827), Voluntary X (Largo - Fugue) James Hook (1746-1827), Voluntary I (Adagio - Allegretto) Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott Dieterich
  9. 26th July 1.10pm at St Swithun's (Church Street, Worcester WR1 2RH) Hilary Norris (Leominster) The 1795 Gray organ & the reconstructed Tudor ‘Wetheringsett’ Organ To be played on the ‘Wetheringsett’ Tudor organ:- William Byrd (c1543-1623), A Fancy Anon (?Redford) Magnificat Vs 3, 5, 9 Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Aria detta la Frescobalda (Partes 1-5) To be played on the 1795 Gray organ:- Charles Avison (1709-1770), Concerto in C Major Op 9 No 5 John Stanley (1712-1786), Voluntary in G minor Op 5 No 7 John Stanley (1712-1786), Voluntary in D minor Op 5 No 8 John
  10. 19th July 1.10pm at St Swithun's, Church Street, Worcester www.swithun.org.uk James Luxton (Worcester Cathedral) The 1795 Gray organ, the reconstructed Tudor ‘Wetheringsett’ Organ, and the ‘Queen Elizabeth virginals To be played on the ‘Wetheringsett’ Tudor organ:- Anonymous (sixteenth century), The Trowmppettus (MB LXVI.34) John Redford (d.1547), Eterne rerum conditor (MB I.74) Thomas Tallis (c1505 – 1585), Iste confessor (MB I.106) To be played on the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ virginals:- Peter Philips (c1560-1628), Amarilli (MB LXXV.1) Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), Fortune my foe (MB
  11. ST SWITHUN’S: CHURCH STREET, WORCESTER www.swithun.org.uk Peter Nardone (Director of Music, Worcester Cathedral) lunchtime recital on the historic 1795 Gray organ & the reconstructed Tudor ‘Wetheringsett’ organ 1.10pm Friday 5th July 2013 Four pieces from Parthenia: William Byrd (1540 - 1623), Pavana: The Earle of Salisbury William Byrd (1540 - 1623), Galiardo Secundo John Bull (1562 – 1628), Galiardo Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625), Fantazia of four parts J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750), Three Chorale Preludes: Christ lag in Todes Banden (BWV 718) Jesu, mei
  12. There are now two early organs at St Swithun’s: the church's own Gray 1795, and the RCO’s ‘Wetheringsett’ reconstructed Tudor organ. Both will be used in recitals, and both are available to organists for teaching, practice, or informal playing of these historic instruments. (Please pm if interested or use the email link on the St Swithun’s website: www.swithun.org.uk.) St. Swithun's Church (Church Street, Worcester, WR1 2RH) is situated in the heart of the City of Worcester, a few yards from the pedestrianised High Street There are recitals each week through the season. Organ Recit
  13. The new season of recitals on early organs at St Swithun's, Worcester, begins this coming Friday, June 7th at 1.10pm There are now two early organs at St Swithun’s: the church's own Gray 1795, and the RCO’s ‘Wetheringsett’ reconstructed Tudor organ. Both will be used in recitals. St. Swithun's Church (Church Street, Worcester, WR1 2RH) is situated in the heart of the City of Worcester, a few yards from the pedestrianised High Street Organ Recital by Henry Fairs Friday, 7th June starting at 1.10pm and lasting around 40 minutes Played on the Wetheringsett Organ: Paul Hof
  14. Hmm... enigmatic comments are intriguing, but also frustrating. I wonder in what way/s one listener finds the Vogel recital 'a real eye/ear opener' and why another listener 'stopped listing' after a few bars. I would certainly agree that it is playing that demands respectful attention, but would love any prompts that might get my eyes opened further; and I'd love to know what 'stopped listing' really means - am I failing to see some significant pun?
  15. Worcester Cathedral Quire Organ Anniversary Recital 2012 Saturday 6th October: 6.45pm Paolo Oreni J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV 540) Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), arr. Gillou, Concerto in D Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Fantaisie in F minor (K608) Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), Allegro vivace from 5th Symphony Marcel Dupré (1886-1971), Evocation III Paolo Oreni (b1979), Improvisation 6.45 – 8.30pm, with interval Admission: £12 (under 16s free) www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/Music.php Facebook: Worcester Cat
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