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Andrew Butler

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  1. I don't understand what this thread is about?
  2. Very saddened to learn of the sudden death on Friday, of Martin Schellenberg, DOM at Beaminster Parish Church, formerly at Christchurch Priory and before that, Assistant at Bristol Cathedral. He was 62, and passed away at the Beaminster organ just before the first choir rehearsal after lifting of restrictions.
  3. I am SO glad my organ playing days are over!! I missed it at first but I could not cope with all these rules and regulations as to how we are "allowed" to worship!
  4. Sorry. This is all total balderdash. I am honestly glad I am out of the UK church music scene. I now live (and play occasionally) in France, where masked singing has been allowed since churches reopened. AND as for following "guidance" from a load of idiots who couldn't guide water out of a sieve.....!
  5. Thank you - makes perfect sense now. It was the Quint that was puzzling me rather than the soft 32' Shows how important it is for those who know an instrument to be closely involved in rebuilds etc.
  6. I am interested to see that the Pedal Bourdon has both a 32' extension AND a derived Quint 10.2/3 I am sure there is a reason for this, but it is evading me! Could someone clarify?
  7. Obvious choice. Good appointment.
  8. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/welsh-government-apologises-issuing-incorrect-20864364?fbclid=IwAR2_IMPavKGPUFqAgnSsTnzO8aXQhgRI5fHRzO0QC8qOfuLasMcuzdntakQ
  9. I used to have an LP he made at Chester in the late 60s / early 70s that I nearly wore out. Lots of "War Horses" - BWV 565 and 645, Karg-Elert "Nun Danket" (With Tuba coupled for the last few bars!) Whitlock 5 Short Pieces etc
  10. There used to be a serpent at Westerham church in Kent. There was also a bassoon at Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow in Cheshire
  11. Actually, they are not shutters - it's the slatted screen that formed the facade of the organ in the church
  12. It had been built for the church in 1957 using second-hand pipework. It was all enclosed apart from the bottom 12 of the Bourdon. The fluework was good, but the reed unit didn't blend awfully well - might have had there been a Mixture though. Looking at how it was laid out in the house, I don't know if anything was still enclosed. The spec was as follows in the church, with ranks shown as ABCD GREAT Open Diapason 8 A Stopped Diapason 8 B Principal 4 B Flute 4 B Twelfth 2.2/3 B Fifteenth 2 A SWELL Open Diapason 8 A Salicional 8 C Lieblich (sic) 8 B Gemshorn 4 A Salicet 4 C Nazard 2.2/3 B Horn 8 D Clarion 4 D PEDAL Bourdon 16 (From Bass Flute 8 B 3 usual couplers 3 pistons to Gt/Ped 3 to Sw Thumb and Toe Reversers for Gt/P Piston setter board, and ventil switches for each rank I was never quite sure of the logic behind the Swell Nazard - I was too young at the time to have thought of using it with the Salicional as a synthetic Oboe!
  13. It's the organ from the erstwhile church where I had lessons became organist aged 14 in 1970 https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N03855
  14. I believe Norman Cocker was known to use his nose
  15. The death has been announced of the publisher Kevin Mayhew.
  16. I can't remember how I did it but it's not difficult to bring off with, as Tony suggests, some thumbing-down (or up!)
  17. Christopher Too's Facebook page states he is "Former Organ Scholar" at Kings......
  18. Bramwell Bourne is the chap - The Organ Music of Eric Thiman: https://www.facebook.com/The-Organ-Music-of-Eric-Thiman-101812721686630/
  19. At my previous church, the choir hated unison verses. I used to delight in using AW's last verse harmonisation of "Darwall's 148th" and seeing the looks on their faces!
  20. Stanford in A Nunc...my favourite moment in the Evensong repertoire! "And to be the GLORY of thy people [you know what happens next!!]
  21. I can't see anything here - what new forum?
  22. Re my recent post enquiring about Tickells, I regret having missed this post. Apologies.
  23. Apologies - I completely missed it.
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