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  1. I'm all for gender equality now in both the student bodies and in collegiate choirs, but the idea that there's a "debt" of inequality that can be repaid by shifting the balance in the other direction is wrong.
  2. A point worth noting - following this change there will be a roughly equal number of boy and girl trebles in Cambridge, with Pembroke and St Catherine colleges both having girl-only choirs, King's and Jesus having only boys, and St John's being mixed.
  3. I saw this and was mystified by the reasoning. Currently St John's service schedule for the boys is Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat, 2xSun, which is six services a week This could easily be changed to daily giving eight services to support two groups of trebles singing four times a week each. Add to this over 11 hours a week of morning and per-service rehearsals which could remain much the same for all choristers. They also have probably the one of the shortest schedules of any such choir, singing only approx 24 weeks of the year, and not singing at Christmas or the long vac like King's do. Definitely scope to add more services. I don't buy the argument that two treble lines would have to result in a reduction in singing for each child such that there would be a consequent drop in the quality of the singing.
  4. Robert Quinney skillfully demonstrates it's capabilities here with Bach and Dupre:
  5. The advert for Canterbury is out: https://cvminder.com/jobportal/cvmindervacancy.php?gid=35&jobid=22084
  6. As part of the RCOs Organ Show, James O'Donnell gives a musical tour of Westminster Abbey, briefly playing several of the organs:
  7. James Anderson-Besant has been appointed, currently organ scholar at St John’s Cambridge.
  8. Thomas Kelway was perhaps the first to do an evening service in B minor, and Howells did one also.
  9. I just came here to post that, seems it's "going viral". Interesting for someone like me who probably knows less about organs than everyone else here, having not played one since I was five. I hadn't heard of St Saviour's Cathedral, they have some lovely little lockdown services on the same channel.
  10. Looking at the collegiate choirs, I notice the advert for King's (DoM and two organ scholars) stated that the DoM need not be an organist. For New College (Organist, Assistant Organist and two organ scholars) the further particulars make no mention of playing the organ, simply that the Organist has "responsibility for all aspects of the upkeep of the organ".
  11. Westminster Abbey perhaps (Gibbons, Blow, Purcell, Croft etc) although of course we know these people through their compositions, not their playing or what their choirs sounded like. But WA certainly makes up for that with its recent office holders. If we're talking instruments I think I'd need to know a lot more about the history of instruments in different places.
  12. They are in the middle of a program of works including re-roofing the quire and chapter house, and conserving some internal stone carvings. I'm not sure how this would affect the screen organ, but I suspect the fact it's shrouded in plastic is probably related.
  13. I think King's should have an online honesty box. £1 required from anyone who says they always listen to Carols from King's in Canada on the radio, or watch the live 9LC service on Christmas Eve etc..
  14. In Victorian times it was common that both organists and lay clerks worked as music teachers, I suspect the demand for pianoforte instruction was quite high. A lay clerk might have a basic salary of £70 per annum in 1870, about £8,500 in today's money, a cathedral organist £180, today worth £21,000, so external work was probably desirable.
  15. Timothy Parsons has been appointed Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. He is currently Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral.
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