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  1. I know our Basson was noted as 'acoustique" on the draft stop list the builders sent because it was half length in the bottom octave. Odd that they'd want to note it on the stop head, but maybe it doesn't have the same baggage as acoustic (or as our old organ had it 'accoustic') in the UK?
  2. Lack of bass could also be down to the recording. Having started dabbling recently, I've found how my (otherwise decent) Oktava microphones don't pick up as much bass as I would like. I've also found that it's fairly easy to tweak it while editing, which makes me think this hasn't been tweaked.
  3. Stephen Farr is giving the recital this Friday lunchtime at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park: William Byrd 1543-1625 A Voluntarye for my Ladye Nevell Nikolaus Bruhns 1663 – 1697 Praeludium in e J G Walther 1684 – 1748 Concerto del Sigr Torelli [Vivace – Adagio – Allegro] James Macmillan b.1959 Gaudeamus in loci pace Jean-Adam Guilain fl.1702 Suite du second ton Prélude – Tierce en taille – Duo – Basse de Trompette – Trio de Flûtes – Dialogue – Petit Plein Jeu J S Bach 1685-1750 Fuga sopra il Magnificat BWV 733
  4. A couple of years ago I played in a performance of Wagner's Parsifal at Bedford Park. The orchestral parts had been arranged for piano, and string quartet, with the organ taking the brass and woodwind parts. I say arranged, I got an annotated vocal score which was a bit of a challenge, but the recording sounds good and it seemed to go down well. Certainly it was a thrill to take part in.
  5. I've played for both for a service and a Crucifixion at St John's Smith Square and play occasionally at St Martin in the Fields. In both places there is a camera but no headphones. There didn't seem to be much of a problem. It's really like accompanying a congregation; you get used to playing just a fraction ahead. It really is tiny fraction at St Martin's and not much more at St John's. I guess it favours conductors who have worked in that kind of situation before - those who set the tempo and mostly leave it alone and who listen to the organ rather than expecting it to behave lik
  6. Charles Andrews (Temple Church) is playing this Friday at 12.30 at Bedford Park: Prélude from Suite op 5 (Duruflé) Dies' sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot BWV678 (Bach) Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux & Tierce en taille (De Grigny) Prelude in B minor (Alcock) I Love Thee, My Lord (Shearing) Prière à Notre Dame (Boëllmann)
  7. Looking forward to Nicholas Wearne's recital this Friday 12.30 at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Toccata in C (BWV 564) Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924): Fantasia and Toccata (Op. 57) Frank Bridge (1879 – 1941): Adagio in E (from Three Pieces for Organ, H. 63) J. S. Bach, arr. Marcel Dupré: Sinfonia (Cantata BWV 29, Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir) Nicholas Wearne is a prize-winning organ recitalist who has performed in venues which include Suntory Hall, Tokyo; St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York; and at Ca
  8. The next recital at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park is a week later to coincide with the Chiswick Book Festival (usually first Friday of the month) Friday 13th September 12.30. Admission free, retiring collection St Michael and All Angels Church London W4 1TT (next to Turnham Green tube) James Johnstone (Guildhall and Trinity Laban), performing music which he has recently recorded and which received a Diapason d'Or François Couperin (1668-1733) Gloria from Messe Solonelle à l’usage des Paroisses Plein jeu | Et in Terra pax. Petitte fugue Sur le Chromho
  9. St Mary's Twickenham has a lovely mechanical action and a swell sub octave coupler which might mean you didn't need the bassoon. I sometimes wonder about this 4' harmonic flute business. Doesn't it mean if you want that as a solo colour you have to play down the octave. It's a different timbre for the 8+4 combination, but I'm not sure I'd much to have a 4' harmonic over an open 4'. More open 8' flutes would be good though. I remember playing at St Michael's Highgate and being overwhelmed by 3 stopped flutes at 8' and no harmonic flutes at all! I had assumed your 8' flute on the bom
  10. True - it certainly means that it’s the mixture rather than the reeds which come on last in the crescendo at Bedford Park.
  11. Well I've got to approve because I think I can see a little https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=K01266 in there! Would the Bombarde also be enclosed?
  12. I played the organ at St Mary's University Twickenham this morning. It's quite patchy, but holding up remarkably well if it hasn't had much doing to it since 1964. It makes a decent sound, and the tromba unit was rather fine, with a nice edge to it. Someone told me they're running it down in hopes of getting rid of it, but the choir director was sitting next to a university trustee and put in a good word, so maybe there's hope.
  13. St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park, London, W4 Friday 7th June 12.30pm (next to Turnham Green tube) Oxbridge Organ Duo (Julian Collings and Benedict Lewis Smith) http://www.oxbridgeorganduo.com David Briggs (b. 1962) Variations on ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ Theme - Intermezzo - Assez Lent - Tres Lent - Fanfare sur les Jeux d'Anches - Scherzo - Ricercare - Duo pour Pedalier - Final Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) - Fancy for two to play Ad Wammes (b. 1953) Wave - Gentle breeze - Row the boat - A sunny afternoon on the
  14. Thanks for your replies. Lots of food for thought! The recital's in June, so I've got some time to process it all.
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