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David Surtees

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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).
  15. I order quite a lot from Forwoods. In fact got a delivery from them today. Their online catalogue isn’t quite as comprehensive as some other sites, but they are always happy to order anything even if it’s not listed. Delivery service is also excellent. Usually dispatch in stock items the same day by first class post, which is incredibly handy if you need something in a hurry.
  16. Happy birthday Wayne! I’ve been fortunate to hear him live twice. Once at a Proms recital in 2008 (which he finished off with an improvisation on themes from Turangalîla), and more recently at the 25th anniversary recital for the Dunblane Cathedral Flentrop in 2015, an recital alternating Bach chorales with improvisations on the chorale themes. Both were extraordinary events.
  17. Thank you. I did think about delving into the internet archive, but you beat me to it.
  18. Barry Williams used to have such a list on his website, but that is no longer live. I’m pretty sure I have a copy of his list, buried on one of my hard drives, but haven’t been able to track it down yet.
  19. Thankyou all, for these interesting suggestions. I have the Macmillan, but have never had an opportunity to play it. This might be a good occasion. I’ve played Farewell to Stromness on the piano, but don’t seem to have a copy. I hadn’t thought to use another arrangement as a basis of an organ version, but could imagine it would be very effective. Given it’s an online choir concert, not sure frightening a congregation is an issue, but it would be nice to have something fairly approachable. I love early music, but all the stuff I have at the moment is English. Thanks for that tip - I have ordered it, and will see if it arrives in time. (Should do, but Stainer and Bell seem to have a relatively long lead time on their music for some reason) I knew Tom Wilkinson had recorded the MacCunn, but don’t think I’ve heard his performance. I have the Kitchen CD, so it was interesting to compare the 2 versions. I love Leighton’s music, but have never got round to learning any of it. Similarly with Hollins - lots of lighter stuff that always goes down well. I picked up a copy of the first two Maxwell Davies pieces a while ago, but don’t think I’d ever played them. I got them out this afternoon - and agree they are rather lovely. Wasn’t familiar with the Three Voluntaries though, but they sound interesting. Don’t have any of the Macmillan pieces but have heard all of them. The St Andrew’s Suite is recorded on one of Michael Harris’s CDs from St Giles. I know Antony, so was aware this was coming out, but haven’t yet got a copy. This is quite something, but I think I will file this alongside Hamish MacCunn, for a future occasion. I discovered a recording by Simon Nieminski, that definitely whetted my appetite. Indeed it isn’t - but it’s been generally accepted by the Scottish people. I have several of Tambling’s volumes (though by no means all of his voluminous output), so will have a look through them to see if anything takes my fancy.
  20. I didn’t specify a date, just assumed that everyone knows that Burns night is on the 25th January, which is probably an unfair assumption to make for most people outside of Scotland.
  21. That is a bit longer than what I had in mind, and I don’t think I could learn it in two weeks, either. The arrangement John Kitchen plays is by the late Jeremy Cull, and published by Animus. Not sure the organ I have access to would be able to cope anyway - it is to all intents and purposes a decent sized two manual (though there is a choir division not currently in working order).
  22. I have been asked to contribute one or two pieces to an online concert to take place on Burns’ night, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of interesting music that might be worth considering. I have settings of Highland Cathedral by both Charles Callahan and Antony Baldwin, as well as several folk-song settings in various Mayhew anthologies. I’ve also noticed Robert Gower’s arrangement of Amy Beach’s Scottish Legend in The Oxford Book of Ceremonial Music for Organ, Book 2. (While vaguely familiar with the piano original, I have never played it). What other pieces should I look at before making my choice?
  23. Indeed. I echo these sentiments. While it would be possible to move elsewhere, in doing so we would lose the vast accumulation of wisdom contained in past posts here, so I am glad this forum remains.
  24. The piano itself will probably have some organ sounds, but they might not be very convincing. In my experience presets labelled something like “chapel organ” sound better than anything labelled “pipe organ”, as they’re usually based on just a diapason or a flute stop, whereas other sounds try to imitate a full organ and don’t do a very good job. It should be possible to attach an expression pedal to one of the pedal inputs of the piano. The Yamaha FC7 looks to fit the bill, but a third party one should also work. You could also add a midi pedal board to the MIDI in (or midify a discarded pedal board if he’s up for a bit of DIY and basic electronics) All this could be done without the need for Hauptwerk. But you could use it for Hauptwerk very easily too. (I don’t have any first hand experience due to not having a computer that would be up to it, though that will change when I upgrade my computer next month and I plan to put my old machine into use for HW) I don’t think the CP88 has a MIDI through port, which would be useful if you wanted to connect a second keyboard or a pedalboard, but not essential, you’d just need to make sure the midi interface used to connect to the computer had enough inputs for everything you wanted to connect. Also, with Hauptwerk a second keyboard wouldn’t be essential, as with 88 notes you could map different regions of the keyboard to different divisions of the organ.
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