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John Robinson

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  1. I'd go for one of my favourites: Flor Peeters, Lied to the Flowers. A particularly peaceful and pleasant piece to keep people awaiting the jab nice and calm. (Although if it's like the flu jab it's nothing to worry about.)
  2. Excellent post! I don't really take much interest in who has been awarded this and who has been awarded that, but I'd hazard a guess that if examined closely it would demonstrate more than just an element of Londoncentricism! As for the peerage and the House of Lords, I see it these days as nothing more than a free and comfortable retirement home for politicians and their cronies.
  3. Yes. Two completely different types of speaker system of course.
  4. That reminds me of the lady sitting next to me at the first recital on the new Manchester Cathedral organ, who asked me where the speakers were.
  5. Relieved and grateful to see the forum back up today after having disappeared at the beginning of 2021. Thank you to whomever was responsible for getting it back up and running.
  6. Thank you SlowOrg. Can I assume that these (once uploaded on to a computer) can be used with any keyboard having a MIDI function? I'll pass these suggestions on.
  7. Thank you David. That is very helpful. Only MIDI in and out, no through I'm afraid, but the encouraging thing is that Hauptwerk appears to be usable. Pedal board and swell pedal might come later. I'll pass on the information. Thanks again.
  8. A friend of ours is thinking about buying a Yamaha CP88 with a view to him 'relearning the piano'. He is also interested in possibly looking at learning to play the pipe organ. I see that the unit he is thinking about includes MIDI in and out, and I am wondering whether I should mention Hauptwerk as a possible add-on. I know little about Hauptwerk other than the fact that some organists use it in their homes as a practice instrument. I assume that it is a matter of buying a 'box' of some sort and that this can be connected, via MIDI, to any electric keyboard. Is this true? Assuming th
  9. Good idea. Perhaps an alternative game would be to ask for participants to choose one church or concert hall and get to keep the instrument (and the building it is housed in, of course)!
  10. Yes. They did that at York Minster some years ago.
  11. Plenty on catch-up (not live!), Prime and Netflix. In fact, a great deal more than on live TV these days. Of course, the Nine Lessons and Carols will be available on Radio 3 which, as you say, does not need a TV licence.
  12. I cancelled my BBC Tax earlier this year. I have recorded Nine Lessons and Carols several times over the past years. I particularly like certain carols which crop up now and again. To be perfectly honest, I don't really listen to the lessons (or readings!).
  13. True, but the recordings I have are of what I have always referred to as the Nine Lessons and Carols. I'm really not sure whether the 'lessons' are actually lessons or readings, as they are of little interest to me. It's the music I like.
  14. Slightly off-topic, I suppose, but in past years I have made two or three TV recordings of the 9 L&C, which is fortunate as I don't pay the TV licence any more, so I couldn't watch the live programme even if they were going to show it. Some excellent choices of music, of course.
  15. Hopefully, the existing St John's College organ will find a deserving, and very lucky, home.
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNRrV9FTeSc&ab_channel=KölnerDomorgeln I have to say in all honesty, that although impressively loud, to me those two west-end tubas do not sound greatly dissimilar. Perhaps it's my old ears, but I'd have preferred one to be far more free-toned, possibly even like the west-end trumpets at St Paul's.
  17. Yes, relating this to York Minster (sorry to drag the discussion back to that subject!) I believe I may have suggested somewhere further back in this thread that the best solution for the 'nave problem' at York would be the addition of a separate nave organ rather than, or perhaps in addition to, increasing the power of the main organ. Of course, unlike the French system, the two organs should be playable from the same console. Obviously, this would be a reversal of the French system in that the 'grande orgue' would be the one on the pulpitum and would also support the choir, whilst the
  18. I believe that a similar decision has been taken regarding the York organ. This has been described as now returning to the 1930s Harrison and Harrison voicing of the instrument for Bairstow which, I understand, was rather more powerful than the post-1960 voicing. Clearly, prior to the work presently being done on the organ, it has been rather lacking in power down the nave and that problem is, I believe, being addressed. That's all to the good, and I am looking forward to hearing the improvements. However, I wonder how this will affect how the organ sounds in the choir. Will it be too
  19. Yes. Under 'MIsc/onsite install' / Sept 2020, there are dozens of photographs of the interior showing just about everything there is!
  20. Yes, he is a talented organist but, having heard him at Manchester (Bridgewater Hall) I find him rather too rapid. I'd much prefer him to slow down a little and give me time to listen to the music!
  21. Thanks. I put my name down for this some days ago.
  22. Thanks. Very interesting. Actually, I quite like chocolate and blue!
  23. Just out of interest, what was the reason for the change in colours of the FRCO hood?
  24. Yes, I love that programme series and have the DVD. Not only is Howard Goodall an excellent musician, but also I find some of his quips highly amusingly descriptive. His brief description of the 'altitudinous' Austrian nobleman, the owner of an historic table organ, as 'six feet going on seven feet' to the background music of similar title from The Sound of Music.
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