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  1. Rowland Wateridge

    Henry Ley

    Thank you! As an afterthought it occurred to me that we must have heard it pronounced by precentors and Radio 3 presenters - the BBC used to be meticulous about these things. I gleaned very little about pronunciation when searching on Google, but discovered that HL’s pupils included Ralph Downes and Sir Thomas Armstrong, and that Psalm 138 was sung to HL’s chant in D at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010.
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    King's, Cambridge - Back Row

    Intriguing. Lay Clerks, if the term is used correctly, usually means singers in ‘New Foundation’ cathedrals, Canterbury, Durham, Ely, Peterborough, Rochester, Winchester etc. That would not be inconsistent for past members of Cambridge college choirs. One assumes that the current members calling themselves Lay Clerks are not Choral Scholars.
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    Henry Ley

    Well, he was a Devonian. I have never heard any other pronunciation than ‘Lee’, and I’m certain that was how Lionel Dakers pronounced it when recounting the tale about the baskets of wrong notes. sbarber49 (above) also seemed very certain. Paul Hodges will doubtless remember how it was pronounced by Sydney Watson and others at Christ Church.
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    Henry Ley

    Definitely Lee. It was said of him that he “could make an organ smoke”, and when playing the responses he accompanied the words “There is none other that fighteth for us ... “ using the pedal ophicleide. There’s an interesting entry in Watkins Shaw’s “The Succession of Organists” about his appointment as Organist of Christ Church Oxford while still an undergraduate - and much more. Lionel Dakers used to tell a story about HL’s impromptu visit to St George’s Windsor and playing unrehearsed some complex work which he hadn’t looked at for quite some time, at the conclusion of which he turned and said “And there were enough wrong notes to fill five baskets”! I can’t guarantee that I have recalled the number of baskets correctly, but I don’t think it was the full Biblical twelve.
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    Susi Jeans played Schmidt’s Toccata in her recital at the inauguration of the Royal Festival Hall organ in 1954. As I recall, the other performers were André Maréchal, Arnold Richardson, George Thalben-Ball and, of course, Ralph Downes. Another Schmidt expert is Peter Gould, formerly of Derby Cathedral. Some years ago he gave a memorable masterclass to the Winchester and District Association of Organists on Schmidt's organ music .
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    "THE" Toccata

    Daniel Moult is playing the complete Widor Symphonie V in this recital programme at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton on Saturday 19th March at 7.30 pm. Admission is £10; free to under 16s and full-time students. The church is about a half-mile from Surbiton railway station. J S Bach: Toccata in F BWV 540 (i) W A Mozart: Three pieces from the ‘Londoner Skizzenbuch’ W A Mozart: Fantasia in F minor/major K594 Franz Liszt: “Resignazione” Camille Saint-Saëns: Prelude and Fugue in B Major Harvey Grace: “Resurgam” (Fantasy-Prelude) J S Bach (arr. Liszt): Introduction to Cantata 21 [BWV 21] Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie V: (1) Allegro vivace (2) Allegro cantabile (3) Andantino quasi allegretto (4) Adagio (5) Toccata Daniel Moult is also leading a workshop for young student organists at the church the following day, Sunday 20th. For all details of both events, see the entry on organrecitals.com under 19th March.
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    The Queen's Speech

    The Winchester/ Southampton degree was conferred at a ceremony in Winchester Cathedral. Martin, in his doctoral robes, and Penny Neary were photographed afterwards outside their former home, No 10 The Close. MN and Francis Jackson both received their Lambeth DMus on the same day, 16th October 2012, from Archbishop Rowan Williams at Lambeth Palace
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    The Queen's Speech

    Subject to correction, I think Martin Neary received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the nascent University of Winchester (degrees at that time validated by the University of Southampton).
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    Appointments 2

    I have heard today that pcnd5584 is playing at St Stephen’s Bournemouth, but was not told in what capacity. My informant said he is very happy there.
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    "THE" Toccata

    Again, I haven’t checked it out, but YouTube has a six minutes 59 seconds recording by Pierre Cocherea at Notre Dame (it states “1959 version”) - so there is something in this!
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    "THE" Toccata

    I tried to provide a link to Widor’s 1932 recording, with the question “Does this change your view?”, but I’m afraid I am not up to the technology. Although most people attribute Widor’s slow tempo to his advanced age (and other reasons) someone has perceptively commented that he recorded other works at around this same period with ‘conventional’ speeds, suggesting that, even allowing for such other factors as the acoustic at St Sulpice, the almost seven minutes was intentional. I seem to recall that Fernando Germani once said that movements from the organ symphonies shouldn’t be played out of their context. Is it, perhaps, possible that this movement, so often played in isolation, has come to be a kind of ‘show-piece’ - and isn’t played with the respect due to its composer - or as he intended it to be played? I haven’t checked it, but there is a modern recording on YouTube which claims a performance time of four minutes 58 seconds, two minutes and one second less than Widor’s! I don’t know whether the service in Durham Cathedral has yet taken place, but I am sure we all send best wishes to Peter Allison, and for the fitting tribute to his father in that wonderful place.
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    Can we all try a bit harder?

    No death-threats or personal venom, but I have certainly been put down several times on three Anglican websites making what I thought were reasoned and reasonable comments. Most surprising of all, to me, the brusqueness of a very senior churchman (I won’t say where - a Provost rather than a Dean) responding to my suggestion that Cardinal Newman’s hymn “Firmly I believe and truly” was a statement of faith consistent with the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds which Anglicans affirm. “Well it won’t be sung here” were his final words.
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    "THE" Toccata

    Listening to Widor’s own performance of the Toccata at St Sulpice (1932) at the age of 88, recorded by HMV and playable on YouTube is a revelation - the performance time 6 minutes 59 seconds! All kinds of reasons are advanced for this lengthy time: his age, tracker action, ‘primitive’ recording equipment, etc., etc. The result has tremendous dignity and grandeur.
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    Priory Records DVDs

    No apology needed. I realised that you were replying to Quentin Bellamy. I added my second post to clarify the chronology. Thank you for the link to the Organ Gallery series. I’m glad to see my memories of the participation of Francis Jackson and Flor Peeters confirmed. In all honesty I don’t now remember some of the others. It was a very distinguished series, and John Lade was a very perceptive host and interviewer.
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    Priory Records DVDs

    To be clear, that was Simon Preston’s televised performance from the RFH. I wasn’t aware of his present, sad situation or that of Peter Hurford.