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Andrew Butler

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  1. Andrew Butler

    Appointments 2

    I believe he moved to Tewkesbury
  2. Andrew Butler

    St Asaph

    So sad - and not without parallels at all levels, not just cathedrals. In my own modest (though quite well remunerated) post, I no longer have a music budget, and deputies cannot be paid in my absence - owing to a new "parish centre" having been built. It has totally disheartened me - I never thought I would want not to be an organist anymore but am seriously considering giving up.
  3. Andrew Butler

    Easy Organ Pieces & leading a congregation?

    LOL!! I can't remember who the Assistant was at Norwich some years ago who "painted" "The lot is fallen unto me in a fairground" with the Cymbelstern and "There go the ships" with a blast on something low and strident....
  4. Andrew Butler

    Easy Organ Pieces & leading a congregation?

    I missed the word-painting when listening live. Very tasteful compared to what I do in the line of "How great though art" that goes "....and hear the birds singredients sweetly in the trees" ? Mind you, who was it who used the Blackadder theme as a descant to the 2nd half of the tune "Morning Light" ? ?
  5. Andrew Butler

    Canterbury Cathedral & Manchester Cathedral, New organs

    Temporary Viscount Regent instrument currently being installed at Canterbury - see Viscount's Facebook page.
  6. Andrew Butler

    Length of voluntaries.

    Or Caleb Simper? ;-)
  7. Andrew Butler

    Length of voluntaries.

    Then there is my main church, where the priest asked me a few months ago to only play quiet voluntaries, as "Some people have tinnitus" In my usual pig-headed fashion, I have not played a voluntary at all since! (Apart from a couple of occasions when I had received requests for special occasions)
  8. Andrew Butler

    English Voluntaries for the Corno Stop

    Indeed - and the repeats in this piece are integral as it is a dialogue between Horns and Flutes. Superficial is a good word! There is a parallel - to me at least - with his Preces & Responses which, although attractive, do not stand up as well as others from the same period or earlier.
  9. Andrew Butler

    English Voluntaries for the Corno Stop

    Apologies for delay in replying - I only look on the forum occasionally. That was badly put owing to doing it in a hurry - apologies. What I meant was that it is the sort of piece that sounds "nice" but is lacking something - I use it as a voluntary, and people have commented that they like it, but it bores me. I suppose it would be more interesting using a period "French Horn" stop than the composer's suggested Diapasons.
  10. Andrew Butler

    English Voluntaries for the Corno Stop

    There is an attractive but rather dull - and boring to play - "Air for French Horns and Flutes" by John Reading in Volume 3 of Novello's "English Organ Music" where Reading says "Play the French Horns upon the Diapasons an octave lower" (Only possible exactly as writ with a "long compass") It is true "horn writing"
  11. Andrew Butler

    Canterbury Cathedral & Manchester Cathedral, New organs

    Interesting point! The present Nave Organ does a pretty good job and I was wondering what the logic was behind a division in the western transepts. Now, in the eastern transepts makes some sense, as at the moment, with a service in the Quire it is necessary to couple the Choir Organ ( most of which is at the east end of the south triforium - Tubas are near the Pulpitum) to support singing near the High Altar.
  12. Andrew Butler

    Canterbury Cathedral Organ

    The last time I played an Evensong at Canterbury (a good 25 years ago now) I didn't have time to set up a capture memory channel, so I used David Flood's settings. IIRC one of the Swell pistons had a "mini full swell" effect with something like 16' Bourdon, 8 & 4 Diapasons, Flageolet and Hautbois - which was very effective and useful.
  13. Andrew Butler

    Canterbury Cathedral Organ

    Do we know what the "temporary organ" will be?
  14. Andrew Butler

    Canterbury Cathedral Organ

    Link isn't live - for me at any rate.....??
  15. Andrew Butler

    Pershore Abbey

    Not sure what was there before (may have been an Allen but I have a feeling it was a Makin...) but Sutton Valence now have a custom Viscount.
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