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P DeVile

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  1. Awful news that the factory has been destroyed by fire yesterday. Fortunately nobody was killed but one guy got badly burned.
  2. Maybe but I'm not going there and anyway, it is high up in the case and I can't reach it! The organ is in remarkably good fettle and sounds good - some of the stops are a little dated (Pedal 16ft reed is quite unpleasant) - but tunes up well. The one problem that I have is finding the great mixture and odd pedal upperwork pipes out of their holes because the college electricians have to climb into the instrument to change the striplights which surround the blacked out west window.....
  3. One set of bells but two stars. Neither turn any more because the fan-belts both broke and I can't get any replacements!
  4. Ok - definitely not HNBs finest but they were doing what was asked of them by the college. They wanted party horns on next to no wind pressure and being a company who were not used to low pressure mechanical action did what they could. I speak as one who worked on the organ and for a while looked after it. The voicing of the organ (apart from the party horns) was pretty well perfect. To put this into context, the HNB organ is being removed because the chapel is being hugely enlarged so it won't be able to cope. By the way.... Horizontal trumpets have been around for a while and have always been a love 'em or hate' em thing. For me, the best example of them are on the organ of St John's Cambridge. I'm not talking about the 1994 Mander organ because they were installed in 1954 by Hill, Norman and Beard and were experimental because Spanish trumpets were not 'a thing' in English organs. The experiment worked - the organ sounded fabulous ( I know because I was a chorister and was inspired to be an organ builder).
  5. As far as I know the organ will come out in September 2022 and the restored instrument back in ready for Advent 2023.
  6. I can remember holding keys as an apprentice at Holy Trinity Kingsway London which was an HNB organ and had both None and Septieme on the swell. The combined sound was enough to make your fillings fall out..... https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N16499
  7. Another issue with the Swell being audibly slow at the console was because of where it was in the chamber. I was assistant to HNBs MD, Frank Fowler in the London office for 14 months and Dudley Holroyd (who was a great musician etc but could also be a tad awkward...) was convinced that this was due to badly adjusted actions. Frank thought otherwise and so we both went there and hung a microphone in the Swell connected to a small amplifier and headphones. When playing the organ normally, the swell was a fraction behind the great but when he put the headphones on, there was hardly any delay. Headcase will correct me but I think the swell box was behind the arch but the great under or in front.
  8. A small amount of Methylated spirits on a cloth is sufficient to wipe over keys and stop knobs but never soak them. Peter
  9. 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
  10. If you missed today's Bridgewater hall recital on youtube by Jonathan Scott - here it is: P
  11. Having a quick mooch on their website found this page: https://www.skrabl.co.uk/small-organs.asp
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Royal Hospital School Holbrook https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N00981
  16. 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
  17. 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....
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. I was there last Thursday and can certainly vouch for the amazing work that has already been done by Cousans.
  21. 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
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