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  1. Is this the same Reg Cobb that was associated with F.H. Browne for very many years? Tony
  2. I was CRB checked as 'Choir Leader' 'suitable' for working with both children and vulnerable adults back in 2005. The resultant documentation from these checks is always only valid on the day the documentation is provided/ produced. I haven't been asked to confirm my 'suitability' since!! Tony
  3. I have to say (from a purely personal point of view, and in my opinion) that much of the more intimate understanding between choir and conductor is not pure arm waving skills and technique but much more about the understanding that develops over time between a choir and the conductor. I have only ever sung under one conductor that made me 'feel' he was watching me sing every second I was working for him, and that was Harry Bramma - most uncomfortabel, and very attentive, I was!! As a non-conductor (and wholly untrained pianist-turned-organist) that has directed my choir for a large number of years, Harry's unspoken lesson has served me well: never, ever, allow those singing to lose the feeling your are watching them personally,and........ if you do it is either because 'you' are not sufficiently familiar with the music, of that 'they' have not been rehearsed well enough. Tony
  4. I wonder if the new url associated with the Forum might be made clearer here http://www.mander-organs.com/leader.html, which is the page arrived at from 'DISCUSSION' on the side-panel on the main Mander home Page? The 'current / ongoing discussion' link isn't (on my monitor, at least) terribly obvious. It took me a little while to find things again, as I had 'tidied' up my emails! Tony
  5. having fun! His postponed 28th May 2011 recital on the newly Mander-restored 1935 Walker instrument at Sacred Heart, Wimbledon is now scheduled for 8pm 16th March 2012. Tony
  6. My quest has now been finally concluded. My thanks to those who assisted. The archivist at Notre Dame, Liverpool has confirmed that the hymn Beautiful Angel was set twice by a Sister, or Sisters, of the Order - it was apparently the norm for Sisters of the Order to publish music and words anonymously, even written words not associated with music. The first (and the one I was wanted to trace), was published in 1888 by Rockliff Brothers Ltd., Liverpool in a hymn book entitled ‘Convent Hymns and Music used by the Pupils of the Sisters of Notre Dame’ (hymn number 28). The second tune was again published by Rockliff Brothers Ltd. in 1905, and in another hymn book, ‘The Notre Dame Hymn Tune Book’ (hymn number 108). Sunday the 2nd October 2011 being the feast of The Holy Guardian Angels, I shall be introducing the hymn as a quiet Anthem + Descant with the choir I oversee. Kind regards to all, Tony
  7. Perhaps a mention for Annie Bank? Tony
  8. Many thanks to all who replied, and to all who looked for me to no avail. My quest is now successfully concluded. Tony
  9. Many thanks for the words and suggestions so far. It has become clear that the words were also set to another tune, so I don't know if the suggestions that it might be found in the hymn books named are to the tune I am looking for or not!? Thanks to David for his early posting suggesting he'd be kind enough to transcribe it for me - that is very much appreciated, and if all else fails, I'll be sure to take you up on your kind offer. In the meantime, I hope someone will still be able to provide a scan. Tony
  10. I wonder if anyone here has access to the harmony edition of a hymn I am trying to find, and would be happy to PM me a copy? The words start “Guardian Angel from Heaven so bright….”, and it was I hymn I remember singing at primary school back in the 1960’s. It seems to have been published in the Notre Dame Hymnal at the turn of the last century. There are a number of YouTube recordings, including : Many thanks to anyone who is able to assist me in my quest. Tony
  11. Many thanks to all for the helpful replies. Having looked at the options available to us and those suggested, and the cost of some of them, we are likely to move ahead with a quantity of Magazine Files housed library fashion on the new shelving and labelled appropriately. This is not only durably cost-effective, but it also allows very easy acces to the music when required. My librarian/archivist drew the line at using old cereal boxes, though I was rather taken with the idea! Kind regards to all, Tony
  12. With a Choir that has been running for many years, and with over 40 members, we have built up a huge archive of music. This is currently housed in three odd, but large, cupboards and four four-drawer filing cabinets. All are at the back of the large (seats 60+) choir gallery, and all are completely stuffed full of music! I have been offered the funding to have some purpose-built storage cupboards made, to be more in keeping with the church and more practical to use, and have approached three manufacturers to have plans and costings established. My main difficulty is not the shells of the new storage cupboards, but how to file the music within them. I found Musicity.com in the USA, and have ordered their "Sampler 6 Pack" of storage boxes, which include three sizes of Octavo box. However, at a whopping £47 including shipping for just these six boxes, I feel this route will eventually turn out to be a step too far in terms of final cost, given the number of boxes we will likely need. Does anyone here know of a UK-based manufacturer who may be able to help with practical storage solutions for a large archive of sheet music sets? Or has anyone any useful suggestions as to how best to approach the 'problem'? Many thanks in advance for any useful thoughts that might help resolve a rather nice problem to have! Tony
  13. David - I'm happy to recommend Cute PDF, which is free, and without advertising - once downloaded it appears (as does Adobe) as a 'printer' when you go to print, and has worked tirelessly for me for a number of years: http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp HTH, Tony
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    Very many thanks to all who have contributed their advice, both here and privately. I have duly passed on the relevant information to an extremely appreciative parish priest. Kind regards, Tony
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    With apologies, but I couldn't find a more appropriate thread in which to make this request....... An old friend is a Parish Priest with a Baldwin electronic instrument that is in need of attention. I have looked online and cannot find anything or anyone helpful. I'm sure I have read on these august pages somewhere of a specialist in such things, and wonder if anyone is able to offer (PM if appropriate) anything that might assist me/him in anyway? The instrument is located in Bexleyheath, in S.E. London. I hope nobody will be offended at my asking. With grateful thanks, Tony
  16. Firstly a couple of contrasting performances of the William Tell Overture: and - to my mind it's musicianship on the theatre organ and theatre on the church organ (I do appreciate both are church organs, but I'm sure you'll get my drift!). Happy to be disagreed with!? Secondly, Lauridsen's absolutely stunning O Magnum Mysterium from Westminster Cathedral's last . The moment you hear the organ enter the score you realise, if you haven't appreciated them already, what a world-class choir this is. Look out for, and listen to, Whitacre's Lux Arumque from the same Mass. Tony
  17. CHRISTUS VINCIT! A bravura improvisation from Karel Martinek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8z3a2WfBgY...feature=related Enjoy! Tony
  18. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the KCC Nine Lessons and Carols this year, but once again am left challenged by the use of the word 'carol' for some of the more obscure (modern?) items. How would others define the noun carol in a Christmas context? At what point does a carol become a Christmas anthem, or is any music with a Christmas theme to be defined as a carol? There are obviously those carols that have been determined as such over time and through tradition, most of which encourage participation from beyond the choir. Beyond this, for me personally, it gets a trifle difficult to draw a line between something appropriate for a concer or carol service, and something that is better left for something more reflective and/or eucharistic in nature. Is it just the passing of time and familiarity that eventually attaches the word to a piece of music, or should there be other essential qualities present to enable the description to be invoked? Tony (who shocked a small number of conservative Catholic attendees at a carol concert in the church by using the John Julius Norwich 12 Days exactly as written - it was suggested afterwards that the Blessed Sacrament should have been removed from the church prior to the concert - it was huge, huge fun though!)
  19. Apologies. I've just had a look. and the LP sleeve image that came to mind when I first read the words William Mathias Organ Concerto turned out to be that of Malcolm Williamson's Concerto. Tony
  20. I'm sure I have a vinyl recording of this concerto - I'll dig out the reference if nobody else has it immediately to hand. Like you, I am unable to find it currently available on CD - surely it must be? Tony
  21. Just noticed this from the BBC Web site today, regarding the Last Night: Attenborough and Goldie play Prom Not for the purists, maybe, but sounds fun!! Tony
  22. Many thanks to the board member who passed my enquiry on to Stephen. As a result he has been in touch, and advised that he is playing: 1. on Tuesday 18th August at the Tullamore International Summer Organ Festival on the Frobenius instrument in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Tullamore The programme includes music by Byrd, Bull, Mendelssohn, Bach and Dupre. 2. on Friday 25th September a lunchtime recital with a visiting Norwegian choir at St. Anne & St. Agnes in Gresham Street, London Tony
  23. Ian, might this be helpful for advice? http://www.bobstevenson.co.uk/default.htm Click on 'Organ Blowers' Tony
  24. Agreed. As an amateur parish organist who endeavours to provide the best possible music within my limited capabilities, I have never asked for a fee in lieu of my services when the couple require another organist (or CD player) to accompany the service. In my experience such a request generally occurs when a member of the family (or close friend) plays the instrument. When playing away from home I always warn the hopefully happy couple that they may also be required to pay the resident organist who may be acting professionally. Whilst I may not be dependent on such things for an income, I am always aware that others are. Tony
  25. The relevance (which I ommitted to mention) of the east-west words was that the family were in the retro chapel, facing me when the word (and more) went up! Tony
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