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  1. I was told that the critics loved the Liszt recording but someone said that of course the Albert Hall organ should never be used for Bach. She responded by including the St Anne P and F in her next LP. I have digitised (is that a word??) and put it here: P
  2. If you missed today's Bridgewater hall recital on youtube by Jonathan Scott - here it is: P
  3. Having a quick mooch on their website found this page: https://www.skrabl.co.uk/small-organs.asp
  4. I bought one of her LPs at a recital she gave in 1978 which she signed. 'Jennifer Bate plays Liszt at the Royal Albert Hall' which I absolutely loved, especially her totally bonkers performance of Ad Nos which to my delight found on youtube a bit earlier today: P
  5. This organ is going to be in concert tomorrow evening on BBC Radio 3 at 19:30. I was there and Catherine Ennis was wonderful and managed to get sounds and textures from the organ that were incredible. Do listen! P
  6. Thank you Darius. My wife and I were in there on 23rd November singing in Elgar's The Kingdom - a combined choir concert with us in Cambridge University Symphony Chorus and the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra - David Hill conducting. My first visit to Leeds for many many years. The organ was used in typical Elgar style - to underpin - and was lovely and warm and concert pitch! We did a return match concert in Ely Cathedral last Saturday and the organ was very flat - hardly surprising as it was terribly cold! The concert was dedicated to our former conductor Sir Stephen Cleobury. Peter
  7. Royal Hospital School Holbrook https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N00981
  8. David Poulter (formerly DOM at Chester, Coventry and Liverpool Cathedrals) is giving a recital in St Mary's Saffron Walden on Saturday (5th) at 19:30. Free admission with retiring collection. He will be playing works by Cook, Bach, Whitlock, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Reger, Rawsthorne and Cochereau. Best wishes Peter
  9. I gather that one console is to have all the playing aids etc and the other is to be completely mechanical. Guess which console will be used most....
  10. It is one of the most successful transplants I know of. All credit to Graeme Kay and the Orford organ project team who doggedly hung onto the idea despite DAC 'involvement'.. The Collins sounds wonderful in that room - I'm sure the Peter Collins would be really happy that it sings. Total credit to Ian Carter and his team at Cousans, who have made this lovely instrument work well and sound stunning. Peter
  11. I've been in the church today and - wait for it - played it! To be fair, I played my one hymn tune very badly but it does sound absolutely fabulous. Ian and co are busy putting in the final touches and it will be used for the first service on Sunday, with the installation on Easter Day. All very exciting! Peter
  12. I was there last Thursday and can certainly vouch for the amazing work that has already been done by Cousans.
  13. Here in Saffron Walden we have an annual ‘Organ outreach’ concert aimed at kids from 6-8yr olds (but adults love it too…) We were able to use (with permission) the Birmingham Symphony Hall organ video - which is excellent: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yZWZI3f61EY Our organists played various pieces including one pretending to be a tourist and while the ‘compare’ was talking, mooched up the church in disguise to the chamber organ and played a note (the kids fell about laughing) then more and did a duet with the main organ of the Hornpipe Humoresque. It ended with both organists duetting on the main organ the theme of The Incredibles. It is so important that young ones are shown about organs. I find it heartbreaking as an organ builder that so few people are going into the craft - much of it due to the Blair government encouraging teenagers stay on at school and then on to university, when they really want to get out there, like I did. I’ve been doing this now for coming on 42 years and when I retire, who do I pass it on to? Sorry for the soapbox but arrrgh. P
  14. Here at St Mary's Saffron Walden we have an organ scholarship scheme - details here: http://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/music/organ/ Best wishes Peter
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