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Jonathan Dods

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. True - it certainly means that it’s the mixture rather than the reeds which come on last in the crescendo at Bedford Park.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Thanks for your replies. Lots of food for thought! The recital's in June, so I've got some time to process it all.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. We are very pleased with ours! http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=K01266
  11. A new recording of the organ at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIsJpp9ITLz4YaNU1AkGCAciuW1ypPls
  12. St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park, London W4 1TT (next to Turnham Green tube) Friday 8th June, 12.30pm D'Arcy Trinkwon Concerto in G after Prince Johann von Ernst, BWV592 Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV548 Tierce en taille (6thcouplet of ‘Gloria’) François Couperin from Messe Solemnelle à l’usage des paroisses Ballo del granduca Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Prelude & Fugue in E Flat, Op.99 No.3 Camille Saint-Saëns Symphonie Op.13 No.4 in F minor: Charles-Marie Widor, III. Andante Cantabile, IV. Scherzo Suite Carmelite Jean Françaix L’Ange à la trompette Jacques Charpentier Retiring collection
  13. Another possible work around depending on the organ is to play the held A in the pedals as well as the written pedal line. Possibly controversial but playing two naturals with the thumb wasn't possible on a heavy tracker action for me.
  14. Charles Andrews is playing a recital at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park London W4 (opposite Turnham Green tube) tomorrow at 12.30. Prelude and fugue in E flat - Saint-Saëns Five portraits for home organ - W. Lloyd Webber 1. Carol - Lyric piece 2. Imogen - Fairy tale 3. Elizabeth - Valse de ballet 4. Justine - Romance 5. Mandy and Dula - Burmese blues Miserere - Byrd Récit de Tierce en taille - De Grigny Sonata no 3 - Mendelssohn 1. Con moto maestoso 2. Andante tranquillo
  15. I'm accompanying a performance of the Kodaly Missa Brevis soon and I wondered whether anyone had any thoughts about the pedal part. On occasion it doesn't seem very idiomatic - manual parts which go beneath the pedal part, which might sound like second inversion chords on a small instrument withonly a few pedal stops and seem to produce a gritty texture. The way he prefers the middle of the pedal register (plus the balletic nature of the part in the Gloria!) makes me think he might have been thinking of orchestral basses, which would only sound an octave down, without the organ's problem of being mostly coupled through from the manuals at written pitch. However I have a vague idea that the first version of the Mass was organ alone and that he spent some time in Paris with Widor. Any ideas how to remedy the problems (if indeed they are problems) without losing the undoubtedly interesting textures you sometimes get from his use of the organ?
  16. Does this count? http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N16895 Can't remember if the keys overhang and it's not clear from the picture. Most of the swell is TC.
  17. This Friday, 9th June, 12.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park London W4, Brink Bush plays the opening recital of the Bedford Park Festival: Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537 Goldberg Variations arr Middelschulte Aria Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav. Variatio 17. a 2 Clav. Variatio 25. a 2 Clav. adagio Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (The Little) Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543
  18. Lovely to hear that current assistant at St Martin-in-the-Fields Jeremy Cole is going to Wells and former assistant Richard Moore is going to Guildford.
  19. Jeremy Cole: Organ Recital Programme – St Michael’s Bedford Park – 6 December 2016 12.30pm Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) A Fancy William Byrd (c.1543-1623) Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 J S Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 660 J S Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661 J S Bach Impromptu (Pièces de fantaisie, Op. 54) Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Méditation Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) Alleluyas Simon Preston (b. 1938) 
  20. The set up we have is digital. The time delay is noticeable but not terrible. I got the impression that delay was unavoidable with new systems, but I'd be interested to hear if it can be overcome. Perhaps we could buy or rig up something to physically pan and tilt the present camera, but not to zoom and focus, as these are little mechanical controls on the lens. So has anyone installed a system recently, or should I be raiding junk shops and dusting down my GCSE electronics?
  21. I need to get a remote control, mobile camera for our organ. We already have a camera and a display, but the camera is quite inaccessible, which makes moving it a pain. Does anyone have any experience of buying camera systems you can pan/tilt, zoom and focus remotely?
  22. This coming Friday at 12.30, Peter Foggitt of Holy Trinity Sloane Street is giving a the regular recital at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park W4 1TT Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BWV 651 An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653 Alleluia IV - Tournemire Master Tallis's Testament - Howells Fantasie sur le Te Deum et guirlandes alleluiatiques - Tournemire Improvisation https://youtu.be/gq4tVFPS-xU
  23. I'm playing in a reduced orchestration of Parsifal later this month for strings, piano and organ. I'll let you know how successful that is.
  24. Recital this Friday, 7th October 12.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park, London (next to Turnham Green tube). Fine new St Martin organ and excellent player. Nicholas Wearne (organ) PROGRAMME Masterworks of the Eighteenth Century Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BWV 564) Michael Christian Festing (1705 - 1752) arr. George Thalban-Ball: Andante, Allegro, Air and Two Variations Thomas Tomkins (1572 – 1656): Voluntary (M.B. Vol. 5, p. 60) Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G (BWV 541) François Couperin (1668 - 1733): Offertoire (Messe pour les paroisses) BIOGRAPHY Nicholas Wearne has a busy career as an organ recitalist and continuo player which has taken him to many parts of the world. He combines his freelance work with a teaching position at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he enjoys working with extremely talented young musicians in a busy department. Previously he was Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, having been Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. This followed five years at New College, Oxford University, where he worked as Organ Scholar and later Assistant Organist with Professor Edward Higginbottom, and took BA (hons) in Music and MPhil in Musicology and Performance. He has also held organ-playing positions at Truro Cathedral and the University Church, Oxford.
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