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John Robinson

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  1. Very interesting. However, call me stupid, but in some of those pictures all the pipes seem to be of exactly the same length. Have I misunderstood something?
  2. Quite apart from the Town Hall organ (and the Leeds Minster organ too) Leeds is the best shopping city outside of London!
  3. Yes indeed. As far as I'm concerned, Leeds is the centre of the known universe!
  4. I have been informed that the new Grand Organ is to be sited above the Great and in front of the Swell. Similarly, the new Solo is to be placed behind the Great. The one new division I was previously unaware of is the Echo Choir. Can I assume that this will be behind the Choir (previously known as the Positive)? That seems a logical position anyway.
  5. Good question. It seems to me that tastes change quite regularly in the organ world, at least in this country, and consequently many organs (if the money is there) are re-worked/re-designed (put it as you will) quite regularly to fit in with the tastes of the time. As an example, the recent changes effected at York have, admittedly, resulted in a more effective output of sound particularly in the nave where, as I understand it, the organ was rather lacking in power. At the same time, though, I believe that all of the historic pipework, especially from Hill and Elliot and Hill, has been retained.
  6. I hope that Darius doesn't mind me pre-empting him, but I have just found a post on Facebook detailing the rebuild of the Leeds Town Hall organ by Nicholson's. Their information is here: http://www.nicholsonorgans.co.uk/pf/lth/?fbclid=IwAR2zphr9EyIg0V6j0TI38GYaw1Hc8zQzVh9y2gttfbCycfOAr4Kel83H3qY http://www.nicholsonorgans.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021-06-07-LTH-website-spec.pdf I must say that I'm impressed with the scale and scope of this rebuild. It is much more expansive than I had imagined and all who are involved should, in my opinion, be congratulated for their forward thinking. Darius, if I have posted out of turn, please say so and I shall delete this. John
  7. I'm afraid I don't know. I have looked on Amazon (who, of course, do ship to the EU) but there's no sign of it being available there. Perhaps someone else can help.
  8. I have just received mine in the post and I can tell you that it's an excellent work, far better even than what I was hoping for. Not only the history including specifications and pictures, but also the information about the recent rebuild which is comprehensive and includes diagrams of the internal layout, for which I am particularly grateful. I can firmly recommend it to you.
  9. Sadly, I'm afraid that demonstrates the general lack of interest in organs in this country. Do the same in Holland or Germany and just about everyone would know what it is.
  10. I've just had the pleasure of watching 'The Organs of York Minster 1236 - 2021' book launch from York Minster (was unable to attend in person). It's still here: for another seven days, if anyone's interested.
  11. I'm afraid that 'honours', at least these days, signify nothing more than 'who you know'!
  12. I'm afraid not! I know very little other than what I have read and I wish I knew a great deal more. I also confess to not being an organist, so please don't place any great weight on any suppositions I come up with! Thanks anyway, though. Re. the York Minster organ, the 1960 and 1993 alterations/additions were, I believe, intended to make the instrument more suitable for 'correctly' playing 'baroque' music. That's nice (as far as I'm concerned) inasmuch as it might make the organ more 'all singing and all dancing', but on the other hand it could be argued that the ideal British organ should sound 'British' and not attempt to sound German, French and even Iberian into the bargain! I have only heard the 'new' York organ online so far but even then I do think it sounds excellent, within those restrictions of course. Incidentally, I remember once suggesting that a small 'nave organ' might be added advantageously to carry the sound (and the timing) down the nave, but I'm probably completely wrong and the 'new' instrument will no doubt not need any such addition. Now, as for some strident west-end trumpets as at St Pauls... !
  13. I mentioned related matters on a thread on Facebook recently, asking about the loss of the Cornet, Sesquialtera and Larigot, and was assured by someone in authority at the Minster that these would not be missed. In addition, I believe that the new west shutters to the Swell box have made an enormous difference to the output in the nave. Then there is the Ophicleide extension down to 32' on the same pressure as the Tuba Mirabilis. I've only heard it on recordings so far, so what do I know?!
  14. I noticed earlier this evening, and again when I clicked 'this' above, that NPOR doesn't seem to be working. Does anyone have any ideas of what the problem might be?
  15. Yes, I can see why Cornets can be particularly useful.
  16. I see that it's a Snetzler organ (or was!). I really hope that as much original material as possible is kept and in use.
  17. Marge (my wife - not her real name) loves it (as do I), and she is certainly not a lover of organ music!
  18. I did. Is the Tuba Mirabilis rather brighter than before, or is it my imagination - or the recording, of course? Although the image during the Cocker was from the Chancel, I assume that the sound was recorded from the Nave side.
  19. Thanks! Many other excellent pictures of Ripon and the cathedral too. I must make an effort to take another trip to the city of Ripon, assuming that we'll be able to enter such places once again!
  20. Excellent! I want one! Er, does it play?
  21. I doubt it! I think that must have been one of the enclosed tubas.
  22. I get the impression that, unfortunately, the BBC are not exactly great fans of the organ!
  23. Yes, I watched that (on YouTube) earlier today and I completely agree that the organ sounded wonderful. I was especially impressed with the Swell which sounded particularly clear, presumably because of the new shutters on the west side of the box (assuming that the sounds were recorded from the nave!). I'm looking forward to listening to the evensong and dedication of the organ when I have time, probably tomorrow. Congratulations to Harrisons and, of course, to Robert Sharpe who no doubt led the decisions on the rebuilding of the instrument. I have suggested elsewhere that I thought it sad that the organ had lost its Cornet and Sesquialtera, but I now realise my mistake and that it really doesn't need either of those two voices. One day, hopefully, I shall have the opportunity to hear it in 'real life', when I shall possibly have the opportunity to hear ALL FOUR or the 32' stops (one at a time, of course) and which cannot possibly demonstrate properly their voices even on my hi-fi system!
  24. I agree about York or Canterbury. Yes, Priory have done both before (I have both), but of course since then both organs have been rebuilt/'done up', so they are likely to sound quite different.
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