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  1. I don’t think I’ve seen such a picture, so can’t help answer your query. But I would be interested in seeing it if someone is able to track it down. Do you know which organ? Was it St Gervais, perhaps?
  2. There are some apps that will allow you to link two tablets together in just this way – I know forScore does (but only with the purchase of an extra Cue app). One acts as the master which connects to the pageturning device via bluetooth as well as controlling the slave. I don’t know if they use the method you describe for presenting the pages, or present them as if in a conventional bound copy, or even allow you the option to choose.
  3. In his Conference address at the RCO winter conference last weekend, John Rutter suggested it was a pity the Beatles had never written a folk mass, and reckoned it would have been an improvement on many of the efforts which so often fall under that description.
  4. Yes, a wonderful volume, but have wondered about misprints in it. I am learning the Presque Dansant by Erszebet Szönyi, and there is a passage where parallel octaves suddenly become 9ths for no apparent reason. It could be a misprint, but the style is such that 9ths don’t seem out of place either (it’s the fact that the passage starts in octaves that makes me question it). The fact that it is repeated later on in the piece identically suggests that it is intentional. The original collection it is from is still in print from Editio Musica Budapest, so I should get a copy of that for confirmation. I’ve a mind to anyway, on the strength of that one movement.
  5. This is really interesting, thanks for sharing. I love collecting hymnbooks, and must have somewhere near 50, though mostly English and French (with one Welsh). I assume from their titles that JKS is a Catholic hymnbook and SKS is Protestant. I wonder if there is any overlap between the tunes used? It would also be interesting to know if they sing any of the German and French tunes that we know. Do you know if the Hungarian Rieger is a subsidiary of the German firm, or a completely separate company?
  6. There is a Festival March by A.D. Miller in the Oxford Hymn Settings volume for Easter and Ascension. I haven’t actually played it, but looking at it, doesn’t appear too difficult (easier than the Guilmant anyway). It’s about half the length of the Guilmant, and looks quite fun, with sections in 5/8 and 7/8. It does, however, call for an En chamade Trompette, which you may not have available.
  7. A sad loss to the music world. Though I am familiar with some of his church music (generally excellent and approachable IMO), I had no idea how wide ranging his compositions were.
  8. I really enjoyed that recital. Since I watched it, YouTube keeps reminding me of other recitals at Norwich, but I haven’t found the time to watch any of them yet. I know even before lockdown some churches had cameras set up so the audience could get a closer view of the player. They were probably the exception. Hopefully it becomes the norm from now on.
  9. Here is the link: I haven’t got round to watching it yet, but I’ve enjoyed the other recitals in the series, all of which are still available on the St Paul’s YouTube channel.
  10. I can’t say I have ever come across any of his hymns, but had a brief look through my hymnbooks to see what they were like. They were all entirely typical of what I might expect, and the only one that I thought was worth anything was "You are beneath me". His publishing was definitely a mixed bag, but he deserves credit for bringing the world the music of composers such as Nixon, Rawsthorne, and Tambling.
  11. I’m sure there are many similar examples across the UK, but this caught my eye when browsing a local newspaper site: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/politics/council/landmark-falkirk-town-centre-church-become-flats-3108425 The organ is only mentioned in passing, at the end, where it says, “The applicant must, however, submit a report about what will happen to the church’s organ and stained glass before development starts.” The organ in question is here (1905 II/P Norman & Beard): https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=G01785
  12. There aren’t many 2′ pedal stops around. Dunblane cathedral has one: https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N09204 (a reed of some kind, though not sure I’ve ever heard it used) Octave couplers are very useful when you have them.
  13. I don’t know the piece, but you could possibly try playing the trumpet part in the pedals?
  14. Regarding the role of a DoM, I wonder whether it wouldn’t make more sense to separate the posts of DoM and Assistant from the rôles of organist and choir master. You could appoint one of each, and the most senior would be the Director of Music. I don’t know if that would actually work in practice. As an aside, are there any cathedrals currently running with only one member of staff (excluding temporary vacancies)? I know until Rachel Mahon’s appointment in 2018, Coventry were without an assistant (though have recently advertised for a replacement following her promotion).
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