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John Robinson

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    A missionary from Yorkshire to the primitive people of Lancashire
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    Organ design

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  1. John Robinson

    Organs and the warm weather

    Perhaps the flues are the ones having gone out of tune!
  2. John Robinson

    Organs and the warm weather

    Hopefully, many churches remain relatively cool even in this hot weather. I have even been known to set foot in one just to escape the heat, even if there isn't an organ recital in progress.
  3. John Robinson

    Appointments 2

    Great! The more female organists, the better.
  4. John Robinson

    Changes at Mander Organs

    Wow, I wouldn't have thought it. You're older than me! Still, I wish you a long and happy retirement.
  5. John Robinson

    Henry Willis 4

    Yes, I have a copy of that video. The 'Willis brand of humour' to which you refer begins a bit earlier, at 6:30. I, too, found that very funny. Then there's the bit about the church organ 'which does not appear on their books', with the explanation of why!
  6. John Robinson

    Changes at Mander Organs

    I'd like to echo that, if I may. On the other hand, I hadn't thought you were that old, John, going by the last time I saw you a few years ago!
  7. John Robinson

    List of beautiful English Organs

    And not a single double on the manuals!
  8. John Robinson

    Easy Fanfares?

    Is it? I had no idea! I assumed that it must be the same time and place, just a different viewpoint. Apologies.
  9. John Robinson

    Henry Willis 4

    I wasn't aware of this. I have heard several Willis organs and can honestly say that they have all sounded excellent to me. In what way has Willis been open to condemnation, because I'm afraid I don't understand? Having said that, the Harrison ones are good too!
  10. John Robinson

    Easy Fanfares?

    Thanks. Certainly an impressive sound. If it is of any interest, I found this: which is the same performance, obviously filmed by someone in a more favourable positions (plus a bit extra at the beginning) which benefits from avoiding most of the annoying 'audience noise' where people can't shut up and just listen!
  11. John Robinson

    Wot, no organ music?

    Yes, a very good idea. This is what they do in my wife's choir's (Byrd Singers, Manchester) concerts, and it works very well.
  12. John Robinson

    Wot, no organ music?

    Don't let them in! 😂
  13. John Robinson

    Wot, no organ music?

    Yes. A logical solution, but how many places would do that. I'm sure most of the incumbents would much prefer everyone to face the altar (for some reason!), in fact I'm surprised that more don't ban organ recitals as being 'distracting'! Traditional pews could be a bit of a problem, though. I remember attending an organ recital at Haarlem many years ago. The seating consisted of individual chairs, most of which had been turned around to face west. The recital had already started when a couple of people entered (very quietly) and, as luck would have it, chose two chairs that were still facing the 'wrong' way and turned them around, accidentally banging the legs together a few times rather loudly. I recollect that there was a gentleman in an elevated position to the side of us (although I don't remember Haarlem having balconies at the side) recording the recital on a tape recorder... with a face like thunder!
  14. John Robinson

    Wot, no organ music?

    I agree. I'm not being flippant, I really am not, but where organs are on a gallery at the west end of the nave, why can't the seats (or even pews) be turned around. I should mention, I suppose, that as I am an atheist the organ is far more important to me than an altar. Perhaps a compromise, such as what is frequently found in the Netherlands: seating in the nave facing the middle aisle; side on to both altar and organ. In answer to your question, though, I suppose we usually only ever see the back of conductors!
  15. John Robinson

    Wot, no organ music?

    Yes, society is changing... sadly.
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