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  1. As part of the RCOs Organ Show, James O'Donnell gives a musical tour of Westminster Abbey, briefly playing several of the organs:
  2. James Anderson-Besant has been appointed, currently organ scholar at St John’s Cambridge.
  3. Thomas Kelway was perhaps the first to do an evening service in B minor, and Howells did one also.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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..
  9. 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.
  10. Timothy Parsons has been appointed Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. He is currently Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral.
  11. St Edmundsbury are advertising for a Director of Music: https://stedscathedral.org/news/vacancies/
  12. Another is The Organ forum, a sub-forum of The Choir forum on the Radio 3 listener's forums: http://www.for3.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?103-The-Organ
  13. If I'm reading it right they've had 18 months to reflect on their review, and the best they could come up with to address the issues raised is that they should close the choir so they can reflect on them some more.
  14. I don't know the current situation but on the BBC Easter broadcast in 2018 there were 19 or 20 on the front row, roughly 50:50 boys and girls. The back row was 11 or 12 with maybe two women. Seemed like a very healthy choir.
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