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  1. 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 like an orchestral player five feet away. That was the only problem with the Crucifixion, that the conductor wanted the tempo to be more fluid and for the organ's sound to lead as it was heard on the platform. I was told it was nicely together for the audience. So many organists, choirs and instrumental groups pass through St Martin's and I've never known a problem. They do lots of broadcasts and some recordings - I don't know of a Poulenc from there though. I suppose a W end organ with attached console favours a similar approach with clergy and so on - talking it through beforehand, you start when this happens etc. The vergers and I use FB messenger or WhatsApp. The only real problems I know of at Smitf is that there's no camera or signal from the West door for things like weddings (but you could have more than one camera) and if you're on your own and are popping up and down to play and direct for evensong there might be points (eg opening voluntary into unaccompanied introit) where you need to remember to play on the chamber organ, or have someone in the choir who can direct. They haven't yet installed the zip wire. All in all I much prefer attached consoles, even with west end instruments. Admittedly it's a little easier to be where the action is and to be able to hear the effect of choir and organ together, but to be physically connected to the instrument is worth anything.
  2. 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) Fanfare with dances (M Martin)
  3. 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 Cathedrals in Berlin, Canterbury and Washington. He combines his playing career with the posts of Organ Tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he enjoys working with very inspiring pupils and colleagues. Nicholas grew up in the Tamar Valley, where his first organ teacher was Gabrielle Lewis. Following an organ scholarship at Truro Cathedral, he became Organ Scholar – and later Assistant Organist – at New College, Oxford, and Organist at the University Church. This was followed by positions at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Whilst at Oxford he took BA (hons) in Music and MPhil in Musicology and Performance. Winner of the Poul Ruders Prize at the 2011 Odense International Organ Competition, he was invited to record his performance, and the subsequent release received an ‘Outstanding’ recommendation in International Record Review and an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone. Nicholas has been involved in many other critically-acclaimed recording projects as soloist, accompanist or continuo artist, and has recorded and given the first performances of several contemporary works. In addition to his work as a soloist, Nicholas is an experienced accompanist and continuo player who has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Dunedin Consort in venues which include the Barbican and the Concertgebouw. He has worked extensively in Asia, Canada, Europe and the US, and broadcast live on BBC radio and television, as well as on other networks. A sought-after educator, before working at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Nicholas taught at New College, Oxford, at Trinity Laban, and at schools in Edinburgh and London. He is frequently invited to tutor on specialist courses by such organisations as the Edinburgh Organ Academy, the St Andrews University Summer Organ School, the Royal College of Organists, and for Oundle for Organists.
  4. 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 Chromhorne | 2e. Couplet du Gloria Duo sur les Tierces| 3e.Couplet Dialogues sur les Trompettes Clairon et Tierces du G.C. Et le bourdon avec le larigot du positif. | 4e. Couplet 3° a 2 Dessus de Chromhorne Et la basse de Tierce | 5e. Couplet Tierce en Taille 6e. Couplet Dialogue sur la Voix humaine | 7e.Couplet Dialogue en 3. Du Cornet et de la tierce | 8e.Couplet Dialogue Sur les Grands Jeux 9e.et dernier Couplet Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 662 Partita sopra Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen BWV 770 Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) Toccata in d minor, BuxWV 155
  5. 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 bombarde would be harmonic. I miss a mixture under expression. I don't miss a third pedal 16' flue. I occasionally regret not going for a vox humana on the recit at Bedford Park. One was mooted, and after we added the Basson it was just about the only other possible addition, but at the time I couldn't see the point. Ah well, I've left that for my successor to do.
  6. True - it certainly means that it’s the mixture rather than the reeds which come on last in the crescendo at Bedford Park.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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 lake - Breeze in gently Nicolas Carleton (c.1570-1630) - A Verse Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) Duet for Organ in C Major - Allegro - Andante - Fuga. Alla Capella Free admission
  10. Thanks for your replies. Lots of food for thought! The recital's in June, so I've got some time to process it all.
  11. Hello All, I wondered whether I could pick your brains? I've been asked to play a recital specifically for children. Local schools will be invited to bring groups to hear a 45 minute programme/presentation. I played a recital for a group of about 20 children at Christmas. I met them beforehand and showed them the instrument up close and we talked about how it worked. The recital consisted of Christmas music with tunes they might know, and a bit of talking about the organ and the music. It seems to have gone down well! I'd be interested in ideas for repertoire, both individual pieces and longer cycles of pieces or over-arching themes (I have an arrangement of Peter and the Wolf which is a possibility). Any examples of programmes, written notes or Youtube clips, also any ideas about what to say and show between the pieces. I'll almost certainly set up some cameras so they can see me playing more clearly and so they can see inside the instrument.
  12. Just out of interest can you suggest organ music which was written at Christmas, or has some other Christmas link, but is not Christmas titled or thematic and isn't based on Christmas melodies? I have a vague memory that there's a big Howells piece written at Christmas, and I've just read that the Clavier-Ubung III might have been first performed in December, which is my tenuous reason for playing some of it on Friday...
  13. We are very pleased with ours! http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=K01266
  14. A new recording of the organ at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIsJpp9ITLz4YaNU1AkGCAciuW1ypPls
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