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P DeVile

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  1. Thank you for this - a truly wonderful woman. She started me off on the piano 53 years ago.... Peter
  2. I gather that they are keeping the tiny 2 manual in the North of the chancel for accompanimental purposes. The organ should be really fabulous though as it is a surprisingly large church with a lovely acoustic.
  3. Just been into Orford Church to find the organ there already but without pipes or action because the Diocesan Organ Advisor requested a full size mock-up.... before a faculty can be granted. It is a shame that it covers up a window but there is nowhere else for the instrument to go and will be of huge benefit to the worship and Aldeburgh/Snape music festivals. Peter
  4. We tend to blow hot air... no jokes please... which affects the pitch of the pipe which you have blown into and so then takes ages to cool down so you can put it back into tune again. Same goes for just picking them up. I would add that it isn't so important if you want to pick up a 16ft Violone and blow down it! Hope all have had a good Christmas Peter
  5. David Briggs is coming to St Mary's Saffron Walden this Friday to do a silent-screen improvisation to The 1925 Phantom of the Opera. http://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/2016/10/phantom-of-the-opera/ All are welcome! Peter
  6. David Hill will be giving an organ recital in St Mary's Saffron Walden on 16th July at 19:30. It is to include music by Bach, Liszt, Howells and Dupre. Tickets are £10 (£5 under 18). Thanks Peter
  7. David Dunnett is giving a recital in St Mary's Parish Church, Saffron Walden on Saturday 17th October starting at 20:00. All are welcome.
  8. Absolutely. It upset me greatly to give up on it. The big problem was always that one or two people in the Town Hall got enthusiastic about restoring the organ, then after a year or so moved on so nothing ever happened. Meanwhile the heating got to it more and more (The Moot Hall is on the second floor). Peter
  9. Jean-Baptiste Dupont is playing at St Lawrence Jewry tomorrow (1st June) at 13.00. If he is anything like he was here at Saffron Walden on Saturday you are in for a treat! Peter
  10. Dear All, I would like to draw your attention to an organ recital that is taking place on Saturday 29th May at 7.30 in St. Mary's Parish Church, Saffron Walden. It is to be given by the winner of last year's St. Alban's International Organ Festival - Jean-Baptiste Dupont. His programme will include: Franz Liszt Fantasia and Fugue on B.A.C.H. Robert Schumann Studien für den Pedalflügel Max Reger Wachet Auf Admission on the door is £6 and Students are free. There is also a big screen. Peter
  11. Saffron Walden Parish Church. Saturday 18th July 7.30 John Pryer. Peter
  12. This is rather fun: Peter
  13. I would like to draw your attention to the next Bank Holiday recital at Norwich Cathedral. This is to be given at 11.00am on Monday 25th August by JOHN PRYER and the admission is free. link is here; http://www.norwich.anglican.org/calendar/e826 Peter
  14. I have just thought of another recital and evensong that I can highly recommend to all. The final evensong of the term at St. John's Cambridge is on Sunday 6th July and is preceeded by the half-hour recital given by the Senior Organ Scholar Leon Charles, who leaves to become an assistant at Westminster Abbey. the recital is at 6.00 and is: J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) Percy Grainger: Handel in the Strand (arr. Stockmeier) Boëllmann: Suite Gothique 1. Introduction – Choral 2. Menuet Gothique 3. Prière à Notre-Dame 4. Toccata Evensong is: Response
  15. Nope, I am an organ builder. I look after the organs in Saffron Walden Parish Church and I am happy to promote the organ recital series. The fact that I am personally involved here.... because I live here and sing in the choir is immaterial. I am hoping that people will come and support the recital series and enjoy the instrument. This is what we all......... well most want. Mr Richell. Stop wingeing and bickering about what it plainly an Alexandra Palace issue and move on Peter De Vile Organ Builder Saffron Walden
  16. I would like to draw your attention to a couple of recitals coming up at Saffron Walden Parish Church. Saturday 19th July at 7.30 David Cook (Assistant organist Saffron Walden Parish Church) Big Screen. Saturday 6th September at 7.30 Keith Hearnshaw (Concert Organist) Big Screen. Lovely church - the largest in Essex. 4 manual instrument HNB/Wells http://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/index.htm Peter Apologies if this appears to be biased.........
  17. These SACD JAV recordings can play on ordinary CD players too. I have the one from St Sulpice "The Widor Mass", which amongst other bits and pieces, the Mass for 2 choirs and 2 organs is performed and is excellent Peter
  18. Pierre Cochereau: More Rotterdam - worth watching for the concentration on the stop-pullers' faces..... and the shaking organist toward the end! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4QQXCobw40 Daniel Roth - Vierne Symphony 2 Mvt1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOofV3PCnno Toccata and Fugue in D Minor..... again. This time on the Hill Organ in Sydney Town Hall Peter
  19. I tuned the organ - well as much as was possible - last year, though the leakage was such that it was difficult to hear properly inside the instrument! Between February and Easter this year we had an extremely dry spell (as many organ builders will tell you) which caused havoc to many organs, especially pneumatic ones and more especially exhaust pneumatic ones, which cypher when leaking rather than simply not working. When I turned up to tune in April, there were so many leaks that the bellows wouldn't rise and when I managed to get one to do something, all of the pneumatic pistons j
  20. I worked on it maybe 15 years ago, when the main breakdown bellows in the blower room needed to be releathered. It was a vast reservoir, with 150 weights on it! the only way to get it out of the building was to cut it in half and then releather it as two linked units. Less than five years on from that I heard that they disconnected the console (which was a four manual HNB horseshoe type) and had no plans to reconnect...... The rest of the organ may still be there as it was reasonably high up on pillars. Another instrument is the 3 manual N & B in Colchester Town Hall. Sadly I had to gi
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