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  1. Thank you for the advice! I am practicing quite a lot since the Bach isn’t quite ‘well-going’ compared to my other two pieces. I am playing the first movement of the Bach Trio Sonata No.1 BWV525, Nun danket alle Gott by Karg-Elert and Toccata Primi Toni by Sark. I transpose three hymns every practice session, sight read from C.S.Lang’s ARCO book and practice all exam material. I just have to polish up my left hand-pedal scales, scales in sixth and Bach Trio Sonata!
  2. My exam is in two weeks time! (a frightening thought....) Any advice for transposition, sight-reading, days leading up to exam and the on the actual exam day?
  3. Thats odd? The very accomplished organist at my school, whom I am mistaken for often, according to him applied to all the 'hard' colleges at Oxford and did not get any offers. He is very talented and hard-working with a distinction in grade 8 and working on his ARCO, I believe. Apparently his year was quite a challenging year with many talented?
  4. I apologise for my hiatus. I have been working on my Grade 8 repertoire recently for my upcoming examination.... I promise my 'enthusiastic' and more creative posts will follow up in the coming year of 2019! I wish to fulfil my 'all-around-UK-church organ trips'!
  5. I must definitely make this as a bucket-list of organs to play! Thank you for the excellent contribution!
  6. Dear all, I wish to compose a relatively easy choral piece for the school choir and organ for fun and also a possible submission to the inter-school composition competition. Where could I find sacred texts to base my choral melody on?
  7. Thank you for the excellent advice, Mr Cooke! I shall take that into note.
  8. Recently I have been enjoying going through amazing English organs on the list! I thought that with some pocket money I could save up and go around England playing a variety of organs. I have been stuck to only my school organs and have not had much time exploring England as I wish to. Could anyone recommend some nice places around England reachable by train with a church that would let you play the organ? P.S. Looking for an approachable church with a pipe organ in London that would let you practice. I need to find an organ to practice during school exeat. Would not mind paying a small
  9. There is the Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, which has been made playable on the organ. There is a fantastic performance of it at St John the Divine in NY using their State Trumpets on the 'west end'. (I cannot recall if it was east or west end).
  10. This is an excellent Fanfare by Craig Penfield, who uploads his compositions by playing it on an old Berlin reed organ but this Fanfare is my favourite!
  11. I do have the old OUP An Album of Praise. I am doing Peeters' work for my examination. Half way through the first page, the repeated section where the right hand plays two chords while a melody is played with the left hand, I was told to use the trumpet stop for the melody. The Tuba stop is very loud and the situation of the stop doesn't really help because it is situated right across the old choir stalls which is on the second floor (more of an elevated platform with the organ/organ console/choir stalls). The tuba stop blares right behind you and towards you from 10 feet away.
  12. Thank you for the excellent lists David and Paul. Certainly heard of some of them. I think we have missed out Mathias' Fanfare! That is an interesting observation of the CH five manual beast! Tuba at both ends is a luxury.
  13. Through the fanfares, I have come to appreciate the works of Whitlock, who shares the same enthusiasn for the tuba stop as myself and Dr Francis Jackson of York Minster. I discovered Fanfare for John Bradley in an old OUP music collecting dust at the loft and went on to discover more of his fantastic works.
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