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  1. I agree that there’s absolutely no harm in having major Bach works in ‘popular’ recitals. The onus should be on those organising any series to ensure that there is a decent balance of repertoire across the whole series. I suspect that the majority of promoters are just so grateful that organists will perform for little or no money that they don’t want to rock the boat by asking for repertoire changes, but on a personal level, I’ve never been offended by a request to change part of a programme for the sake of a cohesive series. My personal opinion (and I’m more than willing to debate thi
  2. I’ve tried out a couple of ways of storing scores digitally, and I’m not convinced they make life any easier. My main dislike is that, since the devices usually only display one page at a time (for the sake of visibility), the number of page turns is actually increased, and has to be thought about more often. In addition, the methods of turning the pages never seem particularly reliable; the face gestures don’t always work (especially if your device is being a little slow), the Bluetooth buttons sometimes drop their connection, and swiping at the screen is a recipe for disaster. That’s why
  3. That’s a great suggestion - thanks. I’ll encourage the creator to upload them there! B
  4. Having intended to post three more editions, the forum seems not to want to let me - file size too big. Anyone know how to avoid this issue? Thanks, B
  5. Dear all, A friend of mine has a morbid fear of page turners peering over his shoulder during performances, and has created a number of editions of works with minimal page turns, easily managed by the player; he's given me permission to share some of them here. They're designed to be printed on A3 landscape sheets - if, like me, you don't have an A3 printer, any decent print shop will print them for you. He punches holes in them and puts them in an A3 ringbinder (easily available online), but I've just put the ones I've used into the comb binder. No particular editorial ability is clai
  6. Unless organists, musicians, clergy et al. in Kent and Sussex don’t have access to the internet or recordings of the instruments that Mander built/restored, it seems a little disingenuous to suggest that Mander is an unknown firm in those areas. As I understand it, a significant proportion of the FHB workforce is Mander-trained; they will know the expectations placed upon them by taking on the Mander name. As with any business, the quality of their work will be the measure of their success. Should the work of the ‘new firm’ be of the same high quality of the ‘old firm’, albeit pos
  7. There’s a very pleasant ‘Variations and Fugue’ by Guilmant: http://ks4.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/e/ea/IMSLP03926-GuilmantL'OrganisteLiturgisteLivre3Op65.pdf B
  8. From a couple of posts on Facebook: "Mander Organs Ltd profoundly regrets to announce that, owing to cashflow difficulties and the inability to secure sufficient work, the company has ceased trading as of Monday 27.vii.2020. The management and staff would like to express their gratitude to our clients and friends for the loyalty and support they have given over the years, and particularly in the last few difficult months. Our affairs have been placed in the hands of an independent insolvency practitioner, Insolve Plus Ltd, to whom all enquiries should be addressed." I dearly h
  9. Brizzle

    Room 101

    Someone said, in the audience preferences thread, that the general public have largely been ignored, and I wholeheartedly agree. I think we’re probably at the stage where we need to concern ourselves less with what we think is good and want to play, but what our audiences want to hear. Given that the Classic FM yearly poll contains broadly the same repertoire each year, we ought to be able to identify some organ repertoire that the general public (and not just other organists) want to listen to. It’ll probably be the Widor Toccata and BWV 565 to start with, but if we can follow it up with w
  10. Brizzle

    Room 101

    Widor is becoming a divisive character! Whatever his administrative and socialite achievements, I don’t think we can escape the fact that much of his music isn’t considered to be any good. Widor lived alongside Delibes, Massenet, Debussy, and Ravel, and even overlapped Poulenc for 34 years; his non-organ music (and there’s plenty of it!) hasn’t found a place in the canon amongst the works of these other composers. (And it is possible for organist-composers to have to done so; Saint-Saëns has a number of widely-performed non-organ works, and Franck’s Symphony still gets an airing often enoug
  11. The German system is interesting, and has historically been successful, but isn’t problem-free: both the A Diploma and the B Diploma in Church Music require full-time study at university level, and, in the UK, it probably wouldn’t make sense to have a degree in such a specialised area without a realistic expectation of gaining well-remunerated employment afterwards - cathedral posts are few and far between, and the appalling ‘RSCM rates’ have been an excuse for parish churches to keep salaries unrealistically low for quite a while. I understand that even in Germany there are at least two majo
  12. The ‘playing to an empty church’ issue is not going to go away, I fear, without some very significant effort, or without without some difficult discussions. I’ve always been passionate about the organ and its music (well, some of its music), so I’ve given the issue plenty of thought over the years. As far as I can see, there are a number of obstacles to overcome: Repertoire. How much of the music that we hold dear is a) any good and b) likely to appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners? My list of such works grows smaller all the time. For example, the symphonies of Widor and Vie
  13. It appears to have been No. 8 in ‘Stainer and Bell’s Organ Library’ - S&B might do an archive reprint for you.
  14. I hope you’ll forgive a slight diversion, but you might like to check out Gunnar Idenstam’s ‘Cathedral Music’ collections. These pieces are a fusion of French Romantic and rock and pop styles - some of them very effective.
  15. Dear Richard, Thanks for your message. I have indeed seen the Abebooks copy, but having been stung by a less-than-scrupulous seller on that site already, I thought I’d see if I could track down a more ‘local’ copy first! All the best.
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