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Rowland Wateridge

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I remember Simon Preston in a TV programme very enthusiastically describing and playing the new and recently-installed Grant Degens and Bradbeer organ at New College, Oxford. That must have been around 1969 or 1970. I also have a vague memory of him in a televised recital from Westminster Abbey wearing, I think, suede shoes rather than conventional organ shoes! Very uncertain of this, but I think he might have played Liszt’s BACH. (Slightly off-subject, I heard him in recital at Westminster Abbey on my 21st birthday in 1962 - and we are both still here, and playing the organ, albeit in a v
  4. This looks to be a lovely instrument. At the bottom of the web page (beneath Home) click on “Zurück” to find a wealth of modern and historic Dutch organs - along with two English invaders by Forster and Andrews and a much older Longman and Bates. I suspect that there are hundreds more Dutch organs on this website.
  5. On the website page which John indicated, go to the ‘Details’ section and click the link ‘Vrienden van de Grote Kerk’ and the English version comes up as No 5. Then click ‘Bestellen’ for the order form. I guess you may have to open an account, but there are contact details and asking the question in English won’t be any problem.
  6. The fact that the Cathedral organist is one of the trustees is an optimistic sign. Everyone became very anxious about the long gestation period at the Cathedral, but the result was a triumph - and a generous donor was found!
  7. Yes, lottery money and/or a wealthy sponsor would doubtless help but, please, everyone, look at the website organfoundation.org.uk. There has been so much unnecessary speculation on this thread! The job is already in hand, and the website gives the proposed new specification (which does appear to be a restoration of the original Cavaillé-Coll). The trustees of the Manchester Cavaillé-Coll Organ Foundation include Simon Leach and Christopher Stokes. There is much more information on the website.
  8. Much debate here, but does anyone actually know what is happening at the Town Hall? The City Council were considering a proposal from The Manchester Cavaillé-Coll Organ Foundation last year for the organ’s restoration. The 2017 Kenneth Tickell organ in Manchester Cathedral is known as the ‘Stoller Organ’, named after the principal donor.
  9. At today’s date organrecitals.com lists 416 different organists giving recitals at 240 different UK venues, mostly in the winter months. The figures are larger at other times. There is no shortage of recitals or talented players in this country. Obviously audience sizes vary. Publicity is important but sometimes sadly lacking.
  10. I missed Peter Gunstone’s earlier post on 13th August 2014: “The Manchester Cavaillé-Coll Organ Trust has been established by Richard Lowe "to protect, restore and promote this unique musical instrument which contains more Cavaillé-Coll pipework than any other organ in the UK". https://www.facebook.com/groups/656785384416876/ The present state of play isn’t clear, but in 2017 the City Council were supportive of the project.
  11. Interestingly, Thomas Trotter’s opening recital on the new Kenneth Tickell organ at Manchester Cathedral was attended by the Lord Lieutenant and, seemingly, every mayor from Lancashire (and possibly beyond), all wearing their chains of office. Civic pride in the new organ was very evident. Of course there was a very hefty individual donation. Possible problems at Manchester Town Hall are that (presumably) the City Council owns the organ and, on that basis, would be the only body at present able to let the necessary contract for the organ’s restoration. All fund-raising would have to be
  12. Contrabombarde is 100% correct about local authority funding. Leeds is a shining beacon. The lunchtime recitals there are free (voluntary donation), also with a free printed programme. The appointment of Darius Battiwalla as City Organist last year was an inspired decision - he plays a complete recital from memory, and happily works with his distinguished predecessor Simon Lindley who still contributes to the imaginative programmes. It’s a pity that the recitals at Leeds and Huddersfield Town Hall (also Birmingham TH) usually clash but, on other days, in Yorkshire there is Hull
  13. A very late response, but your question was so far-reaching that it would be difficult to give a “potted” answer. Also, by now, some of the ground has been covered in posts to the other threads you have started. But to take just one builder, Harrison & Harrison, their organs cover a span of more than a century. There is an undoubted house style, a strongly Romantic bias particularly in the early organs, exemplified by St Mary Redcliffe Bristol (1912) which Martin Cooke suggested you try to visit. Among their hallmarks are their especially sumptuous all draw-stops consoles. For the
  14. I think that some, although not all, the Yorkshire examples resulted from the creation of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, and Leeds Parish Church became a Minster and, effectively, a cathedral in all but name. Hull was specifically designated by the Archbishop of York in recognition of its importance. So there is quite a bit of variation in the modern practice. As David Drinkell says, minsters were widespread all over Saxon England, the most important ones often of royal foundation, e.g., two examples out of many others, Ely and Romsey. Under the Normans Ely became a cathedral, and at
  15. That seems very modest, almost self-deprecating, as most people think that Mander’s rebuild corrected shortcomings in the RAH organ resulting in a noticeably improved instrument. Was Arthur Harrison’s rebuild/ transformation so far-reaching (drastic?) as to justify expunging all reference to Father Willis on their builder’s name plate? Put another way, does re-voicing the original builder’s pipework entitle the new builder to instal a name plate which, to anyone who doesn’t know the instrument’s history, gives the impression that the organ is wholly theirs?
  16. As a boy, about 65 years ago, I was similarly not allowed to see the console at Gloucester Cathedral. I can understand the reluctance of the verger at St Sulpice (which, incidentally, Stephen Bicknell considered to be the finest organ in the world) without a member of the music staff being present, but it has long been the custom there to welcome visitors to the organ loft during Sunday mass, and there are photographs of visitors with Widor, Dupré and Daniel Roth
  17. I am a new Member, although I have followed this Board for several years. I live in the Hampshire village of Hursley, half-way between Winchester and Romsey. This was the Parish of John Keble who is buried in the churchyard. Paradoxically, Richard Cromwell’s remains are inside the Church. I play in two small, ancient churches - for Matins in Winchester and Evensong at Morestead, a farming community which doesn’t boast a single shop or pub! But it has the honour of giving the name to Sydney Watson’s fine hymn tune. I am following the news about the Peter Collins Turner Sims organ, sadly m
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