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  1. Thanks ajsphead and Damian for your welcome replies.With the glimpse thought it may have been The Temple Church. I will have to study Alkan a bit more. Any reasonably easy ones to start of with?
  2. Very nice out of the ordinary post, thankyou. Obviously a Harrison organ somewhere, but I not recognise it or the church interior shots. Presume the studies are available on IMSLP?
  3. Cantoris

    Notre Dame

    What excellent positive organ news (for a change) in troubled times all round. Under similar circumstances in UK would this be happening? Mmm somehow I doubt it.
  4. Hello Headcase. Thanks for the extras on Bath Abbey Tuba etc. You would have been an apprentice during and after the disastrous enlargement of the instrument during Dudley Holroyds tenure (1970s) I would guess. But to give some credit here the beautiful positive case was added at that time. (Alan Rome was architect.) It sounded very good also. Wonderful your explanation of the voicing of the Tuba by Arthur Rundle. Yes I do remember the power of the wood Trombone Tromba on the pedal. Much earlier years Ernest Maynard was asked about extending down for a full length 32ft reed. His reply was quite right really, that with those pedal reeds thundering around the abbey nothing else was needed. The half length 32 trumpet added also in the 70s was next to useless really. Much of the guts of the organ were also removed at this time, hence Klais being awarded the contract for a new organ (basically) not long after, during Peter Kings time at Bath. That is what we have there today.
  5. I too am much saddened by this news. Manders not just one of the finest British Organ Builders, but on a world standing also. Australia, and American come to mind immediately. I was much honored to preside for about 10 years at one of their early (1956-58) three manual organs at Walcot Parish Church, Bath in the 1970s. A delight in all aspects. My thoughts go to all members of the Mander Team, as they grapple with this tragic event.
  6. As far as St Margarets Westminster is concerned see Deans report "Church Times" 17 July
  7. The Abbey, along with St Margaret Westminster (the latter no services at all now) in financial difficulties with threats to choral services etc. Why? Both (along with others) are Royal Peculiars. One of the richest families in the world own them as personal private chapels, so why are they not putting their hands in their very deep pockets for their upkeep for the nation. Assume therefore that Thomas Trotter not organist at St Margaret either now?
  8. I am probably biased: SONATA IN C minor for organ (Ernest Maynard) It was unpublished like much of his choral and organ works. (We all know his arrangement of "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" OUP.) A great pity he being composition student of Vaughn-Williams at RCM. Organ student RCM of Henry Ley. I heard him play the Sonata late 50s after a Choral Evensong, but he broadcast it BBC pre his RAF war service I believe. Went out live then too I guess. Pity, if published would have filled a nice repertoire gap for the time.
  9. For 20,000k? Quite a lot and quality if you search around a little bit. LADACH instruments, pipe organs and accessories: www.pipeorgans.eu
  10. Thankyou for this on pipe metal casting. It reminded me of a 6th form school trip in the 1960s, instigated by me of course. Five of us went from Bath to Osmonds workshop in Taunton. A good day was chosen as they were casting on the casting bench on that day. We were received very cordially over all. The intricacies of casting were explained including how spotted metal was arrived at also. Even in those days I had not thought that Osmonds would have a pipe-maker, but obviously so.
  11. I have not heard them all by any means of course, but quite a few around the globe. However my vote would still go the Bath Abbey Tuba Mirabilis 8' (20 inch.) It replaced the original HNB Tuba circa 1914 shortly after WW2. A few quieter characteristic stops were added at the same time. On his return from war service (RAF) Ernest Maynard had these installed. A booster blower was added at the same time for the Tuba. In the wonderful acoustic of the Abbey (including the stunning fan vaulting of course) the new Tuba sure rocketed around the building. HNB placed it so well too with the pipes just showing themselves poking above the main swell box, and voiced brilliantly. With the addition of the Solo Octave coupler it was just wow! But sparingly ??!! (Ha ha maybe!) I had the privilege in the 60s of taking the brilliant blind organist Andre Marcel, to the loft. He drew each stop in turn on the instrument checking all prior to his next day recital. On drawing the Tuba Mirabilis (yep after I first indicated the booster blower switch, he played a short passage! "Magnifique" was his very audible response!! I believe this magnificent stop was "tamed" rather (along with much more) by Klais in the 90s. Sure we gained some reasonable balanced courses, but still a lot was lost. Oh yes, I know I will be shot at dawn!
  12. "Ourselves" has hit the nail on the head. We must examine ourselves not just as individuals, but as a musician group. With the dreadful dull, slow, soul-less playing of hymn tunes, we play into the hands of other music "groups" providing really just "entertainment." BUT some are good and have their place alongside a resurgence of good rythmical vibrant playing again. Blaming the organ unacceptable because even within some of our prestigious venues playing the basics of a service is a disgrace also. More later. Sorry gone off the topic. "I repent."
  13. re BBC Organs. What a sad nation we are. Radio France gets a new Auditorium Concert Arena in Paris in 2014. Gonzales installs a 4 manual, 5320 pipe instrument with 2 consoles about 2016!! But not just that Paris gets a new Philharmonic Concert Hall (several chambers), complete with large 6055 pipe organ by Reiger. Both locations and organs built about the same time. See Youtube.
  14. Does any Member have the specification of this Ryde TH Walker instrument? And or details of subsequent work carried out on it? Be interesting to know as I lived on the Island for several years, and no doubt be good to have details on npor. If not already on npor of course. The resident OB Andrew Cooper may well be the source of information on this of course. Thankyou.
  15. Opening Voluntary: Fidelis (Whitlock) Introit: O Come Ye Servants of the Lord (C. Tye) Responses: William Smith Psalms: Set for the day (all) Canticles: Jack Hawes in D Anthem: Praise the Lord O My Soul (Geoffrey Bush) Hymn: The Day thou Gavest Lord is Ended Voluntary: Dithyramb (Harwood)
  16. Amazing no comments about this superb instrument installed in this world class beautiful concert hall in Moscow. Where in London have we got such a concert hall with such an instrument to grace it? Why can we not raise awareness of the organ in such a way that they have done in this hall in Moscow. 20,000 people passing through during this marathon record breaking event. And yes our hosts represented by producing the 16.8.4 tuba stops, and Thomas Trotter represented us also. The 20 min Youtube clip well worth a visit. Check out all the other wonderful new halls in China too, all with superb instruments. Over the horizon we must look, as there the organ and good music is still respected.
  17. Ryde, Isle Wight Town Hall. 3 manual Walker in not good shape. Some unfortunate work carried out on it in the 60s. The building, as I understand no longer belongs to the Council, but the organ still in place. I have a picture of the console half covered, surrounded in garbage etc. A trust was set up for its restoration, but understand this is now defunct. Sorry cannot up load picture yet. I am a newbie so learning with this my first post.
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