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John Morris

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  1. I haven't seen Roger Fisher's yet, but I was very grateful to be able to observe online, and passively participate in, the funeral of Catherine Ennis (who died six months ago today) and thought it was a beautiful and moving occasion. It was, of course, done in a highly professional manner.
  2. 'Presumably the distinction isn’t between singing at sporting events (allowed) and between congregational singing (forbidden), but between outdoors and indoors.' Exactly.
  3. If I remember correctly, the melody of 'so mote it be' (in this case, in F major) would be: F (down to) D, (up to) E, (up to) F.
  4. The first Chief Engineer of the RAC was an organist in Southport for many years Would you know his name and at which church he played?
  5. I find the JSB B minor quite ominous, maybe even menacing. That might translate into the progression from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the distressing aspects of denial, betrayal and death manifesting themselves later that week.
  6. Whitlock: Duetto (7 Sketches on verses from the Psalms) and Toccata (Plymouth Suite).
  7. An excellent choice - you can almost smell the salt in the air!
  8. It will be the 75th anniversary of Percy Whitlock's death on May 1st - plenty of time to get those fingers and feet moving!
  9. 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
  10. 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'!
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. https://www.downsideabbey.co.uk/news-from-downside/?fbclid=IwAR0wuXOEslAplp-8BUdUKGIlH-9Yi6tBQDKtcwpZ0vgAvqpW9kJf1Ms0VQU
  14. "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)
  15. 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 his senses, Keeton prescribed a shedload of Clementi Studies and muttered something to the effect of "if the rest of the world's gone wrong in the head I see no reason why I should".
  16. That sounds interesting - hopefully Sine Nomine will return to its EH version!
  17. 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!
  18. An excellent performance of a glorious work. The camera work, too, is inspired without being obtrusive. Thank you both very much!
  19. Sounds like a brilliant idea! I'm more than happy to set up a blog to receive reviews of organ recitals.
  20. No problem - look forward to bumping into you at a recital!
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