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John Robinson

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  1. True. I have an LP of St Paul's demonstrating just about every section of the organ. Bearing in mind such widely separated divisions as the Positive organ, the Dome Tubas and the West-end Royal Trumpets, and how each was reproduced so clearly, there is no way that all of these could possibly have been recorded using the same microphone(s) located in a central position! I'm sure they must have been moved around for the best effect.
  2. Excellent. It is really gratifying that Leeds is able to attract such talent.
  3. Excellent! I believe that is the problem with the lack of public interest in the organ in this country. I have spoken to friends who describe organ music as 'dirges' and 'all the same notes all the way through'! Yes, I think it would be great if more people could hear recitals such as you describe and by organists such as those you name. Jonathan Scott is another one who I think could certainly convert people to the organ. I think in many cases it just needs some 'non organ lovers' to be persuaded to hear the right music by the right people.
  4. I'm afraid that is a perfectly possible future. Churches are closing right left and centre these days as the number of people who still regard themselves as Christians diminishes. It is quite possible that eventually all we shall be left with will be cathedrals and a few ancient churches of historical interest. Those people who would find themselves without a local church would probably go to their nearest surviving church or cathedral which, in a way, would at least provide more support for those buildings - and organs of course - which still remain. Personally, of course I'd much prefer it if more people in this country took more of an interest in organ music, and I often wonder why the instrument benefits from so much more interest and following in places like the Netherlands and Germany than here in the UK.
  5. I agree. We are all entitled to our opinions and those electronic gadgets which I may not name are not, in my opinion, not in any way equal to the real McCoy.
  6. Did I read this correctly? The largest and most powerful pipe organ in the country and it needs a toaster in order to fulfil its function? 🤣
  7. Actually, in that thread there is a quote from John Mander stating that the pipes are of 90.4% tin.
  8. I may be wrong, but I'm sure I read somewhere that those 32' pipes were made of tin which, I assume, would be pretty strong certainly compared to lead or lead-tin. Perhaps, if so, they're just too thin! Incidentally, are they the pipes of the Violone or the Diapason?
  9. 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?
  10. Quite apart from the Town Hall organ (and the Leeds Minster organ too) Leeds is the best shopping city outside of London!
  11. Yes indeed. As far as I'm concerned, Leeds is the centre of the known universe!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. I'm afraid that 'honours', at least these days, signify nothing more than 'who you know'!
  20. 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... !
  21. 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?!
  22. 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?
  23. Yes, I can see why Cornets can be particularly useful.
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