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John Robinson

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 this is a viable option, can anyone offer any further advice, please? Of course, there are limitations: a single 88 note keyboard, no pedal board, no swell pedal, etc.
  4. 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)!
  5. Yes. They did that at York Minster some years ago.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hopefully, the existing St John's College organ will find a deserving, and very lucky, home.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 'orgue de nef' would be the smaller one having the sole function of supporting the congregation in the nave. This has been done in a number of cathedrals in this country of course and, as has been mentioned above, there have sometimes been problems with making such a system workable. I feel that a nave organ at the far west end of the nave at York would present timing problems and that a far better solution would be to site it in the second (or perhaps first) bay west from the under-tower: in a suitable place for supporting a nave full of people yet not too far from the main organ and the (nave) console. Of course, there are no such plans (and presumably money) to add a nave organ so such a discussion is academic, though I live in hope!
  13. 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 powerful? I think I might have mentioned this matter somewhere earlier in this thread when I suggested a judicious use of stops might make the organ perfectly suitable for use in the choir. I am aware that on the Great, for example, there will now be a diapason chorus on 7" wind in addition to the chorus on 4 1/4" wind as was the case previously. I am assuming that the higher pressure diapasons are intended to provide the greater power necessary in the nave and the lower pressure stops would be used alone in the choir.
  14. Yes. Under 'MIsc/onsite install' / Sept 2020, there are dozens of photographs of the interior showing just about everything there is!
  15. 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!
  16. Thanks. I put my name down for this some days ago.
  17. Thanks. Very interesting. Actually, I quite like chocolate and blue!
  18. Just out of interest, what was the reason for the change in colours of the FRCO hood?
  19. 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.
  20. Lovely story. Thank you, from a cat lover.
  21. That's very interesting. Thank you. A horizontal flute, though? That's a new one on me. I wonder what advantage there is in making a flue stop horizontal.
  22. Yes! Who needs an orchestra when you have an organ of that size? AND, you'd save a lot of money, paying for only one musician rather than 80+ !
  23. It's not alone, of course, by any means. I remember discussing this one from Cologne Cathedral on here a few years ago: Aliquot II-III C 1' 8/11' f0 8/9' 15/11' 13/13' cs3 35/9' 15/11' 13/13' I have no idea what it sounds like, but I'd love to hear it (in context of course) just to find out.
  24. Being neither inside the trade nor in possession of very much scientific expertise, I hesitate to reply! Nevertheless, your mention of a 'pin hole in the pipe foot' presumably relates to the use or otherwise of 'open toe' voicing. This is something that I'd like to know more about. What is the point of increasing wind pressure when a closed toe will effectively reduce that pressure? I can only assume that this is done to make adjustments to voicing easier. Also, I'm sure that some lower pressure stops can speak sufficiently loudly without the need for high wind pressures, with the obvious exceptions of such things as tubas of course.
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