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  1. ps. I'd recommend the videos on Nicholson's Youtube feed, firstly of James Atherton voicing a pipe in Denman style, and of him taking the just-about-completed organ from 0 to 60.
  2. This is indeed great news; the Denman in St Michael-le-Belfry was my introduction to the pipe organ when I was aged about 4 (and of course its big brother across the road as well), back in the days when St Michael's still actually used it. Next time I'm in York I must try and see/hear it. It looks like Nicholsons have done a truly first-class job of bringing it back to life. And I am a little jealous of you growing up in Lastingham!
  3. I keep meaning to get around to making a simplified version of the Cocker as a Tierce en Taille, with lots of lovely ornamentation and notes inégales ...
  4. ps I should have said more about Selwyn: The chapel is biggish by Oxbridge standards (Victorian) but has rather dry acoustics; the choir is very good (is Sarah Macdonald still DoM?). More generally it's a lovely college in spacious leafy grounds on west road not far from the history faculty, far enough from town centre to have its own atmosphere but by no means isolated. I know nothing of the new organ as I said, but the Letourneau in Pembroke Oxford is excellent IMO, so it might be good? There was nothing as abstract as improvising on a Nazard at any of my numerous Oxbridge auditions. I didn't apply for Kings or Johns! Fingers crossed we'll be back to normal in the next year or so!
  5. Since information seems slow to be added to this thread, I'll fill in what I can, even though you've picked a lot of organs I never saw when I was up. The Bishop at Christ's didn't have a fantastic reputation but looks OK on paper (no swell though!); I vaguely recall there are plans to replace it. The choir had a good reputation but I never heard them. I would agree with all previous comments about Emma. Pembroke is a marmite organ. I loved it on the basis of playing it occasionally, but it took no prisoners, was limiting (no swell again) and there was a fearsome fellow of the college who hated it being used for practice as his room was just around the corner from the organ loft! Pembroke choir had a reputation for being fun and friendly in my day, but that was a while ago! Selwyn organ has been replaced since my day so can't comment. Peterhouse's organ is due to be replaced with a slighly crazy scheme for Klais and Flentrop to collaborate on a new/old organ with two actions and two consoles, currently stuck at design stage - see https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/organ Corpus is a biggish 3-man mander with (i believe) EP action from the 1960s. I've rehearsed in the chapel loads but never heard the organ being used, or indeed heard anyone saying anything about it, good or bad. HTH a bit. Others will hopefully be along to provide more detailed / up to date info for you.
  6. Indeed, Ripon is a lovely place. I was in St Alban's Abbey recently, and admired the newly-restored (pretty much from rubble!) shrine of St Amphibalus in the S Quire Aisle. Much of the new carving on it having been carried out during the 2020 lockdown, one of the gothic-style stone figureheads sports a PPE mask!
  7. Also, does anyone know anything about this little Victorian-looking organ recently nestled up near the high altar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford? I spotted it on the Oxford Bach Soloists' outstandingly excellent St John Passion video on Good Friday.
  8. This one's a bit blurry, but shows the Kelvingrove Lewis in action.
  9. Every so often another one of these pops into my head; I hope people don't mind! We are on page 12 of this thread but I don't think we've had Marlborough College Chapel yet. The organ is modern (an heroic 4-man Beckerath from 2006), as are the case pipes, but the case itself is Victorian so we're allowed it; I believe it was designed by Bodley and Garner: MBORO_COLL_BECKERATH_ORGAN_72x400.jpg (400×533) (sslso.org.uk) [having trouble inserting the image, sorry you'll have to click through if interested]
  10. Bump - in case anyone wanted to follow that ebay listng - at time of writing it has four hours to go. In the mean time, Hauptwerk has even started to generate work for pipe organ builders; no less revered a name than Bernard Aubertin has built a console modelled directly on Clicquot's at Souvigny specifically for Hauptwerk, complete with tracker key action and mechanical stops, a shove coupler, a short octave, a French-style short pedal board etc -see here for a demonstration.
  11. Ouch, I hadn't realised they'd pulled it, thanks for the update. I'll correct my post.
  12. Tony Newnham is right to mention GrandeOrgue (note that some see it as a rip-off of Hauptwerk, but let's not get into that; I've certainly used it in the past so am in no position to criticise!). In response I just wanted to flag that Hauptwerk too has a free license tier [CORRECTION: it used to have a free tier before V5 but doesn't now, thanks DHM] which, though limiting in some respects (numbers of stops being the most obvious), could well be enough to get you going for a 2-man practice organ. I've managed to get it to load some nice free / cheap sample sets including [most of] Menesterol (£70ish) and Lipiny (free) among others. And one beauty of using smaller sample sets is that you don't need such a pricy computer to go with them ... I'm dimly aware of OrganTeq but haven't got round to having a play with it yet. I gather it's promising, but early days, and needs a monster CPU? Decisions about hardware will massively affect the cost of any software-based practice instrument of course. Currently enjoying the Cortege et Litanie from Miriam Reveley's recital - lovely stuff!
  13. Surprised the Hauptwerk organ sampling software hasn't been mentioned yet? If you're prepared for a project and have a head for computers/electronics/MIDI and woodwork then you could go the hauptwerk route. People have done very cheap things with Ikea tables, gutted roland keyboards, basic PCs, self-wired pedal-boards, touch-screens, behringer studio monitor speakers (or even just headphones) etc. The best sample sets sound much better than the cheapest commercial digital organs (IMO, others might disagree). But a very cheap set-up like that won't look pretty, and it can be a long journey to a satisfactory set-up, with lots of trial and error along the way! Or (crazy idea alert!) - perhaps if you've already got a digital piano, a decent-ish laptop and some reasonable headphones, then it might even be possible to add a pedalboard to that (assuming some DIY cleverness...), together with a £150 USB midi interface, a sample set and a hauptwerk license to get hauptwerk running with minimal outlay? It's what I do (minus the pedalboard because my wife won't have anything which looks like an organ in the house!). Equally, existing digital organ consoles can be connected to hauptwerk* via MIDI (this is what Richard McVeigh does for his excellent lockdown organ music youtube channel - do have a listen if you're not familiar), and even old pre-digital electronic organ consoles can be 'midified' by someone with electronics expertise. There are (almost too) many possibilities. * This video is actually one of the simplest introductions to Hauptwerk I've seen.
  14. The Braga link is fascinating. I cross-checked with my DVD of the Howard Goodall programme and confirm it's the same music - unattributed on the programme listing on Howard Goodall's website (which just says "18c Portugese [sic] Battle Music"). It was played by Kimberly Marshall at Abarca de Campos - a small village church whose 1778 Tadeo Ortega organ was restored, I believe, under the advocacy of Francis Chapelet. It's up on Youtube too if anyone's interested (watch the first ten minutes or so of the episode ... or all of it if you like!):
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