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  1. Thought I'd split this from the 'choir pits' thread as there seem to be two separate discussions going on..... Someone said that in venues with two consoles, the attached one is rarely used. Just speaking from experience at the Bridgewater Hall, the attached console is nearly always used for orchestral concerts, as the mobile one takes up too much stage space when there's a large orchestra. The attached console has a much nicer and well-crafted feel but of course you can't hear the internal balance of the organ at all. On the other hand, the mobile console has a slightly light and pla
  2. Kevin Bowyer has done a good edition of the pedal studies. Some of them, being for pedal piano, went down to bottom A so he's provided transposed versions. These are sometimes in keys which makes them even harder to play! The first of the set of 12 isn't too hard - the rest are pretty challenging.
  3. Replying to Cantoris - for those of us who have despaired for years at the neglect of the Cavaille-Coll in Manchester Town Hall, surely fantastic news that is to be fully and historically restored, and has (I think) already been removed - details at Nicholsons website, who are doing the work in conjunction with Flentrop: http://www.nicholsonorgans.co.uk/pf/mth/
  4. Thank you John for your kind words - much appreciated. Hope you and others can join us from September either live or online.
  5. John Mander's statement about the closure can be read here, for those who haven't already seen it https://slippedisc.com/2020/07/famous-organ-builder-goes-bust/
  6. The concert will be streamed on the Leeds Town Hall website and possibly on YouTube as well, and it will definitely be available after the event as well. As for the 'one composer without a link to Yorkshire' well - that was a mistake in the publicity department and there are two as you spotted! - unless someone here knows of a Yorkshire connection for Whitlock....(or even Strauss)? Rebuild plans are continuing (and an initial contract signed) and yes there is a specification.. we hope to be definite and more public by the time of the opening recital of the season proper, in mid-September
  7. Leeds Town Hall organ returns after lockdown (online only, but we cautiously expect that we can have a socially-distanced audience for the start of the main season in September). It's next Saturday at 1pm - details here, and this is also where you will be able to listen to the concert: https://www.leedstownhall.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/yorkshire-day-organ-concert/6332 Best wishes to all Darius
  8. I can definitely recommend 'Graham Barber's Organcast' series on YouTube that he's been recording on his house organ during the lockdown. Lots of interesting byways of unknown and better known music, very informative, and beautifully played as well (brave to play this wide choice of rep on a GD&B house organ - but it does work!).
  9. As the music has been through so many keys, I think the 'extra' bar helps to establish the home tonality before the entry of the theme. I've got used to it so it seems odd to imagine it without.
  10. I'm truly sorry to hear that. Dave was a constant and enthusiastic presence at the Leeds Town Hall recitals - he made some fine recordings - and his knowledge not just of organs, but of organ repertoire was astonishing. It's particularly sad as he was so pleased to have been recently appointed at Wentworth Parish Church. At the last 'request programme' we had, I'd finally got round to fulfilling his long-stand request to play Peeters' "Flemish Rhapsody" - but he never got to hear it. I'm sure it's not just at Leeds where his presence at recitals will be greatly missed.
  11. Not just amazing that it’s done, but done so beautifully! darius
  12. When I was at college I auditioned to perform the Jongen Symphonie Concertante with the college orchestra, but they wouldn't hear an audition unless the orchestra part was played on the piano, and there was no reduction available, or full score available to buy. So I had to make my own transcription of the orchestra part for piano - which I subsequently improved and typeset properly. I'm very happy to make it available free of charge to anyone who wants it. (And it is a great piece - there's a good recording with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Murray on the Ruffatti organ, for any
  13. On the electronic question, I'm not sure about this - the only reason I can think of is either: the organ part was so small that they didn't want the overcrowding you get on the stage with the existing console (one of the reasons we want a new one) - or it was a touring orchestra playing at a higher pitch so they brought their own organ. On the questions from John about stops/manuals: definitely new stops, as the colours we're missing (clarinet, vox humana, open/harmonic 8' flutes) don't exist anywhere on the organ at the moment. If I could try to summarise the layout/division thing:
  14. For those who might be interested, I've created a page with information about the history of the organ (with links to specifications and a much more detailed history), a bit about the City Organists, and an outline of the future plans for the organ. More details will gradually follow. Any comments welcome! http://www.dariusbattiwalla.com/Darius_Battiwalla/cityorganist.htm Darius
  15. Hopefully we'll be able to say something more definite in the next few weeks - watch this space! Re the German website, I think there's a missing www after the // - that seemed to do the trick.
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