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Jonathan Dods

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. True - it certainly means that it’s the mixture rather than the reeds which come on last in the crescendo at Bedford Park.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Thanks for your replies. Lots of food for thought! The recital's in June, so I've got some time to process it all.
  14. 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 pi
  15. 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...
  16. We are very pleased with ours! http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=K01266
  17. A new recording of the organ at St Michael and All Angels Bedford Park: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJIsJpp9ITLz4YaNU1AkGCAciuW1ypPls
  18. 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 Carmelit
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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 be
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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