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Clarabella

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  1. Thank you very much Vox. John Porter's playing is indeed fine.
  2. I like very much Campbell's Gaudeamus with its bouncy fugue subject (marked 'non legato' I think) and play it quite often. It's in one of the OUP albums. Has it been recorded? Are there any other good Campbell pieces I should know about?
  3. Non-members of the RCO might like to know that during the pandemic their entire online content is available free to anyone. You just have to register at https://i.rco.org.uk/ Lots of instructional videos, audio files, articles, papers etc on a wide range of organ/church music subjects
  4. That's assuming the 0.4 is correct in practice - I think a lot of church musicians actually put in more hours than they are paid for.
  5. If my arithmetic is correct the two jobs mentioned above work out at the equivalent of £47,500 and £35,000 full-time.
  6. I'm with Innate on the facsimiles - there is nothing to beat playing from the originals and these, like most 18C printed editions, are beautifully clear. Nothing against T to W in general though. (But does anyone else think 'Tallis to Wesley' sounds like part of a cricket commentary?)
  7. -You are not alone. I will be playing it on an organ too - in the absence of a bugle, I persuaded the Vicar that a live organ is preferable to a recorded bugle (keep music live!). Actually I think it sounds rather good on our trumpet stop (courtesy of our hosts). Strictly speaking it should be played in Bb, which I do, but nobody will notice or mind if it's in C. I always end service with so-called St Anne fugue as well as a nod to the hymn which we will have sung - does anyone else do that? Also before the service I often play Nimrod which goes quite well on the organ.
  8. The Daily Telegraph published an obituary (complete with photograph) last Wednesday
  9. A good party-piece. I've seen a similar thing on a viola (the orange being in the left hand of course, the viola held like a viol). It was slightly more subtle because instead of holding the fruit up at the beginning, the player said nothing, and the audience gradually started tittering as they noticed one by one.
  10. There is a verse anthem by Thomas Tomkins from Musica Deo Sacra which is headed 'for St George's Day' or similar: it is called Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke? Worth investigating (even if you're not a Tomkins fan like me). I thought the text was quite extraordinary - then after some years I found that it is from the Song of Songs. The edition on CPDL does not include the St George's reference, but it is clearly shown in the Bernard Rose edition in EECM.
  11. http://www.rcm.ac.uk/about/news/all/2017-11-16organ.aspx
  12. You are not alone. I must confess that I had never realised that 4 ft reeds do not go to the top without breaking back or turning into flues. I really must learn more about organ design and construction!
  13. Many thanks for all the ideas. I've probably left it a bit late for this year, but I will look into them for the future.
  14. I couldn't find any previous discussion of this on the forum, so: can members suggest any Welsh or Welsh-themed organ music for 1st March? Those that spring to mind already are Mathias and Tomkins, plus Vaughan-Williams's Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes. (Rhosymedre is a little gem, the others less obviously so, but I might try out number three, Hyfrydol.) There are plenty of Welsh composers of course but I'm not aware of any others that wrote for the organ. Are there any other preludes on Welsh tunes (by composers of any nationality)?
  15. All Saints, Church Road, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9NU (Small) William Hill organ Sunday 18 August at 6pm (one hour followed by refreshments) Michael Strange FRCO Stanley: Voluntary in A minor JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A, BWV 536 Czerny: Prelude in A SS Wesley: Choral Song and Fugue Elgar: Vesper Voluntaries Franck: Prelude, Fugue and Variation Mathias: Processional FREE (retiring collection) www.allsaintswarlingham.org.uk
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