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Keitha

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  1. Oops - sorry! I forgot to say that you need to open the "Contents" tab to access the full index of works.
  2. Bach Organ works - does this help? https://www.baerenreiter.com/en/shop/product/details/BA5279/
  3. Credit where credit's due - full marks to the BBC - first we had Iveta Apkalna, now we have David Briggs. It's a pity it's late on Sunday night - but it goes well with my 'cocoa' (aka Sunday night malt!).
  4. 'Super hanc Petram' is (to be) published by Bardon Music (http://www.bardon-music.com). It's currently shown as being 'in preparation'.
  5. It's not so much that there are 'rules', it's the fact that changes come out at the last minute and are badly communicated (and I sometimes wonder if those who prepare them live in the real world!). I saw these yesterday morning - passed them to my Parish Priest immediately, then our Diocese announced that it was going to follow them. He and I then need to devise a plan and communicate it to parishioners, the stewards and cleaning co-ordinator and other clergy, musicians etc tomorrow. We also have to take local conditions into account - only 66% single jabbed and 33% double jabbed here. Then we need to brief stewards, visiting organists (I'm passing all paid gigs to organists who need the income to live) and prepare signage...and it goes on, and on and on... On the other hand, we have been fortunate in having a hard working and well-organised team of volunteers, cantor & organ at Sunday mass since last August, the organ being maintained, and a congregation of around 130-150 - with no-one catching the infection. One very real benefit has been the development of a cadre of parish supporters (many new to the parish), who will provide a backbone for the parish for a few years to come (looking on the brighter side). We've also gained a few things - such as having a proper and reverent Communion Procession rather than the traditional 'queue'.
  6. This is what the Catholic Church is saying (although there have been minor differences in one or two dioceses: Social Distancing and Capacity of Churches From 19th July, there will be no legislation on social distancing in England but regulations will continue in Wales for now, and thus churches may increase their capacity, recognising that for the time being different rules apply for England and Wales. Care has to be taken to ensure that churches continue to be places where people feel safe to gather to worship. Each local community should examine the local conditions regarding the virus, and adopt an attitude of care for the people who desire to attend Mass. Suggestions to help this include (but are not limited to): 1. In large churches, designating an area of the church where there will be set places, socially distant from each other, and where those seated there will be required to wear a face covering. 2. In places which cannot do this, considering whether one Mass over the weekend schedule would continue providing a reduced capacity with social distancing. 3. Producing simple cards with a phrase such as “Please leave a Space” which peoplecan pick up on entry to church and put beside them so that a space can be left to allow for distancing. The adoption of methods such as these will build confidence in the people that the church remains a safe place to enter and worship. Each church should continue to assess the local situation regarding the virus and adapt as necessary to the local conditions. This may mean that in areas of very high transmission, churches may have tighter measures than in areas of lower transmission. Congregational Singing Indoor congregational singing will be permitted from 19th July. The use of cantor groups and other choirs is now permitted. It is recommended that singing should be phased in gently aspart of worship over the summer period and that face coverings should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together, until infection levels reduce.
  7. Thanks sb - the one place I didn't think to look was RCO News!
  8. William has advised me that there have been a few publication and copyright technical problems which have much delayed the publication of the remaining volumes. It is likely that Volume 3 will be published later this year, with two more volumes next year. I will advise on this thread as soon as I hear that further Volumes are published.
  9. Like you Martin, I have been following the project. There was to have been a competition to select the last two chorale preludes for Volume 5 in, I think, June 2017, after which Volume 5 was due to go into production. There has been no published information about this since then, so I emailed William Whitehead for an update. I will advise on this thread when I have more news.
  10. Jonathan has just made his Beethoven 5 and 7 scores available for purchase via the Scott Brothers website. I have listened to almost all his concerts over the last few years and I cannot recall a performance of Beethoven 6, and its not on any of his CD's.
  11. Just for the fun of it: 1. Regensburg Cathedral (Rieger 2009) 2. Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue - Healey Willan The above would sound great at Cologne, but I prefer the tone of the Regensburg Organ, which also has a 'Tuba Episcopalis' as well as full chamade battery. In case anyone wonders - no, I can't play the Willan - I'm learning it, but it will probably take the rest of my life to crack it! In the meantime, if I could persuade Rachel Mahon or David Briggs (who both play it extremely well IMHO) to stand in for me at Regensburg, I would be a very happy man!!
  12. I agree with Paul and Jonathan - this will not be a resultant stop, but will have full length resonators until space gets too tight, when half length resonators will be used - 'Acoustique' is always used to describe this arrangement in France (if it's described at all) in my experience, and will appear in brackets on a specification but not generally on the stop knob itself. Evreux has an odd pedal specification - because of space limitations. The nave is extraordinarily narrow for a cathedral of its size. However the sound of the organ is glorious in my view.
  13. This is clearly a 'Marmite thing' - I applaud the Cathedral architects - who were involved in the case design. I think that it's imaginative, striking and solves a very real problem posed by the acoustics of the Cathedral - but that's just my view. The only thing I don't 'get' is the fitting of the slightly odd swathes of net-like fabric around the console. Maybe there is a point to it that I'm missing!
  14. I'm not sure whether or not this will be much help, but my copies of the 50 and 100 Free Organ Accompaniments are published by Alfred Publishing Co, Inc in the USA - "alfred.com" (who have been assigned all rights by the original publisher, J. Fischer & Bro.). For what it's worth, my copies arrived within a few days of my ordering them from Amazon UK!
  15. Having spent a lot of time both with a Walker Positive and a Nicholson with an extended Pedal division, both with metal closed 16 foot - on the Walker described as a 'Sub Bass' and on the Nicholson as a 'Bourdon'; they both had metal flute ranks, so the extension to 16' was metal 'to match' the rest of the unit. For what it's worth, I have never seen wooden pipework on a Positive - and I've played lots of 'em. More recently, I spent some years playing an extended Evans & Barr (NPOR https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02452), which had a quite nice wooden flute unit and the 16' bottom octave was wood for a 16' Bourdon (also used for a 32' 'Sub Bass', but no extra bottom octave of pipes!). I would say that the metal Nicholson and the wooden E&B sounded very similar, but the Walker sounded brighter, but that was really because of the brighter voicing of the Walker generally. I suspect this may be of limited help, but my gut feel is that it is the overall composition of the stopped unit which determines the composition of the 16' bottom octave and that the tone is really all a matter of the voicing rather than the substance from which it was made. My experience is that the tonal difference between wood and metal is much greater at 8' and above rather than at 16'. For what it is worth, I usually find there is a much greater difference between an open 16' of wood and one of metal.
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