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John Erskine

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    Malvern, Worcestershire
  • Interests
    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
  1. Nave Booster Organs

    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. Recitals

    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. Recitals

    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 namque V To be played on the 1795 Gray organ:- Heinrich Scheidemann (c.1596–1663), Preambulum in C Anthoni van Noordt (c.1619–1675), Fantasia III Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621), Variations on ‘Onder een linde groen’ W. A. Mozart (1756–91), arr. Vincent Novello, ‘O Jesu, fili Redemptor’ Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–88), Sonata in A minor Wq 70/4 Domenico Zipoli (1688–1726)/Peter Prelleur (c.1705–1741), Voluntary in C major John Stanley (1713–86)/G. F. Handel (1685–1759), Voluntary in E minor/major St Swithun’s, Church Street, Worcester WR1 2RH Church Street runs off the north end of Worcester’s High Street. There are recitals on most Fridays through the season. Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of the music fund
  4. Console Light

    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. Console Light

    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 finding a suitably conservationist method of fixing is a headache. If anyone has any ideas, or can simply suggest a suitable maker’s name or possible source of supply, I’d be most grateful. I’d be interested to know what types of light for our purpose other people have found the best. John Erskine
  6. Recitals

    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:- Georg Böhm (1661 – 1733), Choral partita ‘Ach wie nichtig ach wie flüchtig’ Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Three Chorale Preludes: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele O Gott, du frommer Gott Es ist ein Ros’ entspungen Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750), Fantasia Super ‘Komm Heiliger Geist, herr Gott’ Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Refreshments Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of the music fund
  7. Recitals

    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. Recitals

    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 Buxtehude (1637-1707), Jesus Christus, unser Heiland Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-80),Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan William Felton (1715-1769), Concerto in D, Opus 7 No 4 (Allegro - Larghetto – A Tempo di Gavotta) Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Refreshments available Admission free, retiring collection
  9. Recitals

    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 Keeble (c.1711-1786) Voluntary XVI Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Refreshments available Admission free, retiring collection http://www.swithun.org.uk
  10. Recitals

    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 V.61) To be played on the 1795 Gray organ:- Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), Balleth del granduca (SwWV 319) Heinrich Scheidemann (c1595-1663), Toccata Franz Tunder (1614-1667), Auf meinen lieben Gott Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707), Jesus Christus, unser heiland (BuxVW198) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot (BWV 679) John Stanley (1713-1786), Voluntary Op 5 No 3 in G Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Refreshments available Admission free, retiring collection
  11. Recitals

    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, meine Freude (BWV 713) Jesus, meine Zuversicht (BWV 728) John Stanley (1712 – 1786),Voluntary Op. 6 No.3 in G minor Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Refreshments available St Swithun’s, Church Street, Worcester WR1 2RH Church Street runs off the north end of Worcester’s pedestrianised High Street (opposite Debenhams). There are recitals each week through the season. Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of the organ fund
  12. Recitals

    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 Recital by Christopher Allsop (Worcester Cathedral) at St Swithun's, Worcester Friday, 21st June starting at 1.10pm Played on the reconstructed Tudor 'Wetheringsett' Organ: William Byrd (?1540-1623) Voluntarie for my Lady Nevell Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) Worcester Braules Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) Variations on Unter der Linden grune Played on the 1795 Gray/Nicholson organ: Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Dalby's Fancy John Stanley (1713-1786) Voluntary in D minor op. 5 no. 8 Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) Air and Gavotte from 'Twelve Short Pieces for Organ' Thomas Arne (1710-1778) Sonata in A major Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886-1943) Toccatina Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of the organs Wide-screen projection of the main organ console Refreshments available St Swithun’s, Church Street, Worcester WR1 2RH
  13. Recitals

    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 Hofhaimer (1459-1537) Salve Regina Hans Kotter (c.1485-1541) Proemium in re Proemium in re (ii) Fantasia in ut Buxheimer Orgelbuch Portigaler Arnolt Schlick (c.1460-after1521) Maria zart Played on the Gray/Nicholson organ: Heinrich Scheidemann (c.1595-1663) Dic nobis Maria JS Bach (1685-1750) Jesu, meine Freude BWV 1105 Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) From 'Twelve Short Pieces for Organ' Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 William Russell (1777-1813) Voluntary XIII Largo - Fugue
  14. Studio Acusticum Organ

    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. Recitals

    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 Cathedral Organ Recitals & Lunchtime Concerts
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