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  1. An excellent choice - you can almost smell the salt in the air!
  2. It will be the 75th anniversary of Percy Whitlock's death on May 1st - plenty of time to get those fingers and feet moving!
  3. I see that Salisbury Cathedral is looking for an Assistant Director of Music according to Organists Online. https://organistsonline.org/required/Organist-Salisbury-Cathedral-November-27-2020
  4. Quote: (And yes, I know that the plural of forum is meant to be 'fora' but that does seem very pedantic these days, and I think I saw in at least one university style guide recently that Latin plurals could/should be avoided). Thoroughly agree with Martin Cook's excellent comments above and join him in welcoming new blood into this excellent forum. I suppose the forum/fora thing is a bit of a moot point, but I have every intention of retaining the correct plural of syllabus, if only to avoid drenching the person to whom I am talking with the somewhat cumbersome 'syllabuses'!
  5. Parry - 2 sets of chorale preludes (a bit of a misnomer, as they are based on familiar hymn tunes); Whitlock - 6 Hymn Preludes; Leighton - 6 Fantasies on Hymn Tunes. And, if all else fails, try out a bit of improvisation with John Riley's excellent guidance! https://6b94b880-ccc9-4eb7-8829-698a57b1dd09.filesusr.com/ugd/46893a_0012398c277a45b0ac49e4fab43538e0.pdf
  6. I see that the sale has now ended, but someone must have got a bargain along with free professional help taking it apart and re-assembling it!
  7. https://www.downsideabbey.co.uk/news-from-downside/?fbclid=IwAR0wuXOEslAplp-8BUdUKGIlH-9Yi6tBQDKtcwpZ0vgAvqpW9kJf1Ms0VQU
  8. "England" (John O'Gaunt's Verse) by Parry is rather fine and is in unison. http://imslp.org/wiki/England_(Parry%2C_Charles_Hubert_Hastings)
  9. I think he was quite a hard taskmaster! It's a long time since I read Charles Reid's biography of Malcolm Sargent (who was an articled pupil of Keeton at Peterborough) so some details may be approximate. I've still got the book somewhere - I'll see if I can dig it out. if the pupil's playing was not up to scratch, Keeton would slide along the bench, simultaneously taking over the playing and removing the hapless pupil in one go. There was also the story of Sargent turning up to a piano lesson and thought he'd surprise Keeton with some Debussy. To bring the young Sargent back to hi
  10. That sounds interesting - hopefully Sine Nomine will return to its EH version!
  11. If you use one or both of your existing 16' ranks for an harmonic 32' then it should just be a wiring job. If using two ranks, it's usually better if the softer stop provides the quint so as to avoid a "boomy" sound as you get higher up the bottom octave. Not quite sure what you mean by "stop/slider occupied by the Dulcet 4' on the pedal" - if you mean the control on the console then that shouldn't be a problem. If you are referring to the inner workings of the organ then it would be rather more complicated!
  12. An excellent performance of a glorious work. The camera work, too, is inspired without being obtrusive. Thank you both very much!
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