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Shropshire Lad

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  1. Hull City Hall

    I made a very long trip to Hull to hear the wonderful instrument in the City Hall last Thursday. I must admit it exceeded all my expectations. Beautiful choruses that blended well, an excellent English full swell and a dazzling array of colours of varying intensities and a full organ to blow out the cobwebs! This surely must rank as one of our finest civic instruments. Roy Massey showed off the organ with great aplomb with a varied programme which demonstrated all aspects of the instrument. Bearing in mind Dr Massey gives relatively few recitals these days I guess it speaks volumes of what he thinks of the organ as its a long journey to Hull for him. I must admit I have a real soft spot for hearing our more "senior" organists who still give recitals to a very high standard - age is only a number after all. I made a promise to myself to visit more instruments this year particularly "up north". I've targeted Ripon Cathedral next. Does anyone have any suggestions for any instruments worth hearing in Northern England (excluding the North West which I've visited extensively).
  2. Harold Darke

    Thanks for all your help folks.
  3. Harold Darke

    I'm rather partial to A Fantasy by Darke. Does anyone have any knowledge of where I can source the sheet music? I have the CD of a fine recording of Darke's music by Roger Fisher but the music is proving to be elusive.
  4. Harold Darke

    I'm rather partial to A Fantasy by Darke. Does anyone have any knowledge of where I can source the sheet music? I have the CD of a fine recording of Darke's music by Roger Fisher but the music is proving to be elusive.
  5. Canterbury Cathedral & Manchester Cathedral, New organs

    I'm presuming that the Manchester Cathedral organ is now up and running. Has anyone on the forum heard the instrument and able to offer any opinion? I can't see any recitals planned as yet but hoping there will be some in the near future.
  6. Worcester Cathedral

    I wish I had heard the old instrument prior to its removal. It sounds very colourful from this recording.
  7. RIP John Scott

    This is such sad news. John Scott was one of the very top organists in the world without a doubt. I heard him play two recitals at the RAH a few years back. I remember saying to my father who was with me that this was the best recital I had ever heard and that I doubted even then that it would ever be bettered. It still hasn't and I doubt it ever will. it was one of those rare moments you wish you could have captured. Condolences to all his family but the wonderful memories will remain.
  8. Cameron Carpenter

    When I go to a recital if I get charismatic playing by a charismatic performer playing a charismatic programme then I generally go home happy. Give me an Ian Tracey or Roy Massey recital any day over a young Oxbridge performer who can play immaculately but played in a dull way and presented with a lack of zest! A sweeping generalisation perhaps, but I’m sure you know what I mean. That is why I for one will miss Carlo Curley, a fine performer from a big personality. Cameron Carpenter is young and way out but with huge potential. No doubt he will fine tune his performances as he matures. The fact that there is much heated debate over CC means at least he is generating publicity for the organ. It has to be said organists as a whole are not the best at promoting their instrument. As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
  9. Hymns appear to be getting heavier!

    I knew of an eccentric Irish Catholic priest who was an expert shot at clay pigeon shooting. He used to test new cartridges by shooting a hymn book and he would by all accounts judge the results by seeing which hymn number the shot penetrated to. This was a good 25 years ago and the Father is no longer in this life. I thought his behaviour was amusing and scandalous in equal measures at the time. These days, I’d just be amused. In fact he’d have a limitless supply of naff literature to take aim at!
  10. Francis Jackson Recital Liverpool

    I went to his rectial last month at Worcester Cathedral which was first class. A lesson in dynamics, phrasing and use of colours. Made me realise just how good the new(ish) organ is. The Bairstow sonata sounded amazing.
  11. Birmingham Town Hall Organ

    Brilliant News. I got TT's RAH CD which was electrifying and gets very well used. I always thought that our hosts made little mention of what work was carried out in the last rebuild but I think the organ at BTH sounds far more imposing since the rebuild. I don't know whether that is down to the work on the organ or the work in the hall as there seems to be less soft furnishings to deaden the sound now. I'm afraid that I find myself disappointed when I go to recitals at the Symphony Hall which to my ears is the poor relation to the old warrior!
  12. Nathan Laube

    I think Michael Rhodes deserves great credit for all the work he puts in at Victoria Hall. Not only does he keep the fine organ in good order by intelligently ensuring that funds are spent on the upkeep of the instrument sometimes at the expense of tuning but he also gets top quality performers for the recitals. I saw Oliver Brett play a recital last year and he was the most impressive young organist I have heard live since I saw a young Huw Williams at Hereford Cathedral many years ago.
  13. Unsung Organs

    This is a top notch organ. In any other town or city it would be well known. In the shadow of the other Liverpool organs but deserves to stand along side them. Mossley Hill
  14. Sheffield Cathedral And The Cavaille-coll Orgue

    I was wandering as to how well the voicing of the Parr Hall organ would work in Sheffield Cathedral as it will be coming from a softly furnished hall to a cathedral with acoustics at the opposite end of the scale. I remember GTB describing the challenges the voicing posed in his biography of the present Temple Church organ when it was installed. In fairness, they seemed to get the end result right of course!
  15. Handel Organ Concertos

    Thanks all for your assistance.