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  1. 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
  2. Ian, might this be helpful for advice? http://www.bobstevenson.co.uk/default.htm Click on 'Organ Blowers' Tony
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. At the church I play at the organ is in the west end, in the gallery, console facing east - behind the altar is what is referred to as the retro-chapel, with the congregation facing west. I well remember promising a well known parishioner that I would slip in 'Happy Birthday to you' at some stage in the service for the occasion she would be celebrating on the day. I had, however, not been aware of just how many young nieces and nephews she would have around her on the day, or that she had advised them of my intentions beforehand. When I gently introduced the promised theme in the quietest mome
  6. Both of the Catholic comprehensive secondary schools in London Borough of Sutton have organs. The John Fisher School, Purley, has a two manual (N017989) that is remains in very active use, and is regularly maintained by Browne & Sons, Canterbury. I'm afraid I know nothing about the organ of St. Philomena's, Carshalton. Regards, Tony
  7. Like many, I guess, I've rather lost the plot when it comes to deciding what has, and has not, been posted here. Nevertheless I hope the selection (distraction?!) below will stir one or two thoughts and a few emotions ;-) ..... from Christchurch Town Hall, with some nice views of the inside of the case (Lefébure-Wély warning!). ..... St. Bonifatius Church in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg - a splendid trumpet + organ performance of the Allegro from the Albinoni Concert San Marco ..... a movement from Andrew Bishop's arrangement of Randy Newman's music for 'The Or
  8. Thanks for that, Graham - fascinating, in that the web site seems to offer reviews (from the dates shown in the reviews quoted from) written in the 1970s. A little googling suggests that the CD pictured on his web site was, at least, post 1995. The reviews of the time lead one to believe that there might have been a promising career as an international organist ahead of him.......... sadly, it would seem, things did not work out. I did like the pic of him seated at what looks like an armchair in front of the console!!! Tony
  9. When I was at college (St. Mary's, Strawberry Hill, between 1972 and 1975) a young and apparently upcoming Stephen Hicks was then, to my mind, well known in the organ world. I recall him borrowing my copy of the Bach 'St. Anne' and giving a excellent rendition of it at no notice to fill for somone else at a concert in the college chapel (a small 'cathedral'!). Whatever happened to him - or was he not as well known at the time as I recall? The instrument at St. Mary's was believed at the time to be the very last built by Kingsgate Davidson, and, allegedly, used up much of the remaining
  10. The Bevenot settings (Masses in Mi, Re and Sol) were what I started with in 1970 – I’m tempted to dig them out again. We’re a humble ‘all welcome’ RC parish choir, and Bevenot led us to John Turner’s Masses (John the Baptist, St. Mary Magdalen and Good Shepherd), and onwards (and upwards, some might say!) to Charles Kitson – his Masses in D and C minor are largely unheard today, and, in my opinion, worthy of a wider hearing. Apart from the Bevenot Masses, all these remain in the current repertoire. Current favourites include the Trotman St. Luke Mass, Lloyd-Webber’s Prince of Peace, and Ni
  11. The music is available here if you'd like to try it out, John! http://www.abnir.co.uk/shop/index.php?productID=307 Meanwhile the 'other' Toccata: http://www.komikalem.org/izle_Dmitriev---B...jJQwTKYfd4.html .... and its associated Fugue: http://www.komikalem.org/izle_Dmitriev---B...Bmajjf5WKE.html Not for the purists, but suprising approachable to listen to! If Toccatas are your 'thing' then it's worth having a little dig around on this site. All the best, Tony
  12. I have to confess that unless there is a sound financial necessity for charging to use the instrument, I would certainly never request payment from those associated with the parish and/or its music making. An external organist wanting to use the organ on a regular basis might receive a request for a modest amount if it was unlikely he would ever share his expertise with us. As one who was given the keys to the church when appointed in 1969, I am in the fortunate position of just making sure the church is not in use before popping in and practising. I have always ensured that any assistants
  13. Whilst I cannot answer your question, Peter, you could always hire the string parts and practice your skill in reduction? ;-) I have been trying to find a list of William Lloyd Webber's published works, and can only come up with a list of his works currently available in print? Is anyone able to point me in the direction of a source at all? Lloyd Webber's choral output was very parish friendly, in that much of it is often liturgically appropriate, approachable by a parish choir and an average parish organist. I have recently used his Venite Exaltemus Domino (SATB + opt. organ double),
  14. Depends on where you 'sit' with the school, Peter - I have never played for public thanks: a private bottle is enough for me! That said, as the school's 'encumbant' for many years, I'm generally viewed as an associate member of staff. If you were had been asked to play for the first time this year then, yes, I'd probably understand your position. Tony
  15. You, perhaps sadly, underestimate "genuine music-lovers": such people broadly have the intellect to make a very personal judgement, as with any other music interpretation they hear, according to their individual tastes - they are unlikely to be put off as you suggest. They are broad-minded enough to understand that music comes in many forms, in many styles, and with many interpretations, and attracts, or otherwise, an equally broad range of emotions. They do such things quietly and intellegently. Tony
  16. I’ve been organist to a largish Catholic parish in Norbury south London since 1969, and am now organist and DoM in the same parish. Nothing more than a reasonably competent parish musician, with a philosophy (that most will not agree with) of wanting to involve the people in choral singing regardless of the level of their musical talents – not always easy, but always rewarding. F.H. Browne & Sons organ installed in 1972, and enlarged and improved twice since – hugely valued partners throughout my tenure. Nothing like a good tune to keep everyone happy! Tony
  17. I have to say that I find it quite heartening that, all these years after his un-timely passing, Virgil Fox and his music (for that is what it is, whatever people might think of it) still have the strength of personality to engender often quite heated discussion about the instrument, the manner in which it is used, and the music played on it. He must be delighted! In this respect, I have some sympathy with Lee’s view that he (and likewise Carlo Curly still) was a great ambassador for the organ. I can think of very few others who had the huge charisma and technique necessary to achieve this
  18. According to Naxos, when I contacted them in November 1994, volume six was "likely to be realeased in 2005". I contacted them again in April this year and was informed that nothing further had been heard about the release, and they could not provide me with any further information. Hopefully it will arrive in due course - it would be shame if it didn't (not least because I'm particularly waiting for no. 14) Also of interest is the Naxos release of Paul Skevington, with the Amadeus Orchestra conducted by Timothy Rowe, playing Rheinberger's two organ concertos on the Steiner-Reck at
  19. Join (if you haven't already) the nearest library with a decent music section, and just explore. Look at what you feel you'd manage, and borrow it, and play it (or not as the case may be!). I can't be the only one here whose introduction to the organ and its music was steeped in the music (Rheinberger comes to mind - it was everywhere in the late 60s/early 70s, and is deservedly making a return) available to everyone to borrow freely from the local public lending library. Good luck, and keep at it! Tony
  20. Just an idea or two: Count up the number of pipes in the instrument, and ask people, within and without the parish, to sponsor one or more. Give the largest pipes a really hefty premium price, and attract young people to the smallest. Talk up the project from the very outset with the congregation. Network like mad - local press especially. Offer sponsors the opportunity to be recorded in some way as such - local businesses like this, as do those who would like to make an In Memoriam donations. Do your maths beforehand, perhaps on a spreadsheet, so that you get the balance r
  21. Like most of us, I would suggest, I have no problem with the intentions of the well-meaning law as it stands. It is the interpretation that is so often the problem. If Diocesan Guidelines were to become a sticking point in the application of the DDA, and a legal challenge were mounted, then the lawyers would only be interested in the law, not in any well-intentioned Guidelines. As I understand it, tone-deafness is likely to be seen as a disability alongside near-blindness. The latter might be accommodated with large scale copies. The former? How far can you push an 'audition' without f
  22. Many thanks indeed for the thoughts so far. They are encouraging. I too have wondered about the difficulties inherent in making the choir more 'accessible', whilst the organ console remains 'inaccessible'. I also support a parish music group that operates from downstairs with a piano: I suspect the thought of moving the piano into the gallery, whilst asking them to continue their services from downstairs, would cause equal problems for them! As far as I understand it the DDA does indeed ask that 'reasonable provision' be made: equally, it stresses that there should be no change to the
  23. I have been organist to a parish for 35 years, the last 15 as Director of Music. The organ console is forward facing at the back of a west-end choir gallery which is 'stepped' down towards the east end, and purpose built for a choir of 50+ which is still very much alive. It's a large parish, with c. 1,400 attending the five Sunday Masses. The parish has, quite rightly, a Disability Group which has recently conducted an audit of the building and requested that, in future, the Choir sing from downstairs in the main body of the church so as to enable access to the group for any disabled singe
  24. I couldn't agree more, Colin. An absolute 'must' for anyone, especially organists, involved in church music. The tome manages to combine an informative read with much factual information that is just not easily found elsewhere. Some delightfully irreverant moments as well! ISBN: 0955074908 Tony
  25. Yes, that's the one. Tony
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