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Andrew Butler

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  1. 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
  2. There used to be a serpent at Westerham church in Kent. There was also a bassoon at Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow in Cheshire
  3. Actually, they are not shutters - it's the slatted screen that formed the facade of the organ in the church
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. I believe Norman Cocker was known to use his nose
  7. The death has been announced of the publisher Kevin Mayhew.
  8. 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!)
  9. Christopher Too's Facebook page states he is "Former Organ Scholar" at Kings......
  10. Bramwell Bourne is the chap - The Organ Music of Eric Thiman: https://www.facebook.com/The-Organ-Music-of-Eric-Thiman-101812721686630/
  11. 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!
  12. Stanford in A Nunc...my favourite moment in the Evensong repertoire! "And to be the GLORY of thy people [you know what happens next!!]
  13. I can't see anything here - what new forum?
  14. Re my recent post enquiring about Tickells, I regret having missed this post. Apologies.
  15. Apologies - I completely missed it.
  16. Their website appears to no longer exist.
  17. I haven't seen mention of the fact anywhere, but I have reason to believe that Kenneth Tickell & Co may no longer be in business... Their website is no longer live and I found this - https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/04550586
  18. I must admit I only listened once and posted my comment some time later. Still not quite sure why a whole music department has to be dismantled in order to add to the repertoire though. I have no axe to grind over Sheffield Cathedral, which I have never visited, but am disturbed by this whole business and why we are not being told everything. It sounds to me as though either someone was not up to the job, or someone was intent on finding fault wherever possible.....
  19. He wants to be using "...ALL of the Tudor repertoire, such as Purcell...." ????? 🤔
  20. Can anyone shed any light on what's going on at Sheffield?
  21. I remember being asked to play the Andantino in Db at a wedding about 40 years ago. I trotted it out at a service the week before, and afterwards, inevitably, someone said they'd enjoyed "Moonlight and Roses" I explained the origin of the piece, and from then on, the chap in question was always pulling my leg about it being called "Moonlight and Roses in Db"
  22. I am furloughed until at least the end of June. I play at an RC church in the Southwark Archdiocese and the (I imagine very few) paid DoM's are paid on the diocesan payroll for tax and safeguarding purposes. I receive regular emails from diocesan HR saying furlough has been extended a month at a time, but have no idea what is going to happen. My church is currently closed for building and redecoration work, so is not opening for private prayer, and there is a change of parish priest next month. I don't know what will happen when public services resume if singing is not allowed......
  23. Interestingly, with regard to the acoustic question, the last time I played "Master Tallis' Testament" (my favourite) in our acoustically dead building, someone totally unmusical told me afterwards that I should never play it again as it sounded awful, but they would have liked to hear it in a more reverberant building as they suspected it would sound better.
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