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  1. Thank you for the inside information about Nottingham, Philip. I do apologise if my enthusiasm for the new combinations at Trinity Cambridge (unintentionally) implied a criticism of the music programme at Nottingham (or at Oundle); I hear nothing but good things about it. No doubt the Marcussen is difficult to work with as you describe in detail, not least because of its position in the building. I did mean it when I said that the Marcusen was an interesting comparison to the recently-enhanced Metzler at Trinity; as a generation of organists we inherit a stock of often excellent but difficult instruments from the late twentieth century and I don't blame anyone for finding a creative solution to their custodianship. My intention was to express support for Trinity's approach of making their great but difficult organ viable for perhaps another decade or so.
  2. The Nottingham Marcussen is an interesting comparison; it has also been used for a wide range of choral repertoire sung by an excellent mixed adult choir. Like the Metzler, it has no playing aids. It also (don't forget) has a 8' string stop on the 4' Brustwerk, which has folding doors and a 16' reed (albeit a fractional length one); that Brustwerk is as close to a Swell as you can get in that style and format. In recent years most choral services in Nottingham PC have been accompanied on a big 4-manual toaster (bristling with pistons I presume), not on the Marcussen. The Oundle Frobenius was also being supplemented by an electronic for accompanimental use when I was last there about 10 years ago. Are there others? Thank goodness for the new pistons at Trinity!
  3. Re. the Hannover export, to save anyone else digging around for info, it's a 1902 Forster & Andrews from Llandudno - NPOR N11696 - although kropf's link says it was originally for St Andrews Derby? NPOR says the church closed and the organ was sold to its new home for £6000. I imagine its restoration cost significantly more! It's gained a few stops (on new chests) - a Great Mixture IV and 4' Flute, Choir Tuba (new wind supply) and Pedal Trombone; the kropf's Huefken link says the action is 'rein mechanisch' but NPOR says TP. Pipes have been lengthened to lower the pitch to ~concert. To my eyes looks much smarter in its new home and has a much better position on a west gallery in a stone vaulted nave, and no doubt it now has a much better acoustic to speak into. What's not to like (except that we Brits will soon need a visa to go and play it but don't get me started!)? ---- ETA: Ps. there's a biggish 3-manual 1961 Schuke at the other end of the Nazarethkirche. Quite a play-ground! https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazarethkirche_(Hannover)
  4. The point made about long-term aural dissatisfaction with digitals (as opposed to the short demonstration in the video) is interesting. If it were a significant factor then we might expect there to be a long-term trend of lots of electronics being replaced with pipe organs about twenty years after their installation (sufficient time for everyone to be fed up with the flat 'plastic', mushy sound, and for the people whose decision it was to install the digital to have moved on). Is this observable on more than an anecdotal level? The lecture in the video takes a purely economic perspective in discussing pipe vs electronic; this fails to take into account of the knock-on effects of installing an electronic - most significantly that many organists would rather not play them and so won't apply for the organist's job at that church when a vacancy arises. Thus the music programme of the church is endangered in the long term; the electronic implies (to some highly relevant people at least) that the church doesn't really care about music very much. (The video doesn't seem to contain the whole lecture so maybe other points were originally addressed but edited out?)
  5. Harlton and Brundish are both very much on my 'must get to' lists. Brundish is so clever in converting a pipe-rack into a simple but presentable organ case. I think more places would do well to emulate this; our churches would become more attractive places for it. How lucky Harlton were in having all the right elements in place to turn their tiny octopod into a splendid 3-man: that case-work, the pipework from Haslingfield and Little St Mary's Cambridge, excellent advice from Timothy Byram-Wigfield, a bequest from a music-loving church-warden, an open mind on where to put the organ, space under the west tower and so on. They have ended up with what looks like a splendid traditional English organ, based on an extremely frugal approach to design and use of existing material; I'd love to play it one of these days. Nothing new from me this time; I propose we indulge Mr Drinkell a few modern organs this once, especially as they are out-of-the way, and Roger Pulham's and Peter Bumstead's work deserve more prominence IMO. [Correction: it looks like the Brundish organ is actually entirely new?]
  6. I'm beginning to lose track but I don't think anyone's mentioned the Assumption in Redenhall yet. I'm not sure I find it beautiful exactly (not curvaceous enough for me!) but it's smart for a UK parish organ, properly encased and free-standing and commands the west end of the Nave rather well. Npor notes that it was brought from London (Holdich, 1842) on 12 horses, a reminder that this must be one of the last generation of pre-industrial (ie pre-romantic) organs built in England? I quite like the faces of the side tower corbels; they remind me of something out of Jim Henson's Labrynth.
  7. ... ach, but I was forgetting the dining room at Kingston Lacy
  8. Thanks as always to David Drinkell and others for showcasing the best of rural Anglophone organ heritage. Three more I remembered: Hatfield house contains two stunning organ cases, one in the chapel: ... and (to my eye) an even finer one in (I believe) the summer drawing room In a similar vein there is also the early Harrison at Castle Howard (apologies for low resolution photo of the latter)
  9. There's a nice one in Capel St Mary, Suffolk. The rather lovely facade contains a little-altered Fr Willis https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31184984_1772080259495478_2274868078737096704_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=d01455e0cc1eb8d7a9a26396723c3007&oe=5BE6C77C In other news, I've been looking (without luck) for online pics of the spectacular Joseph Casson masterpiece in Thorpe Malsor. Visually it's not my cup of tea personally, and a pipe rack rather than a proper case, but if you like decorated front pipes you will like this one! My best effort is an article on Paul Hale's website but you'll have to click through to the pdf I'm afraid; it might just be worth it though!
  10. Dr Drinkell has given us so many gems on this thread that we must forgive the sadly ineligible 2004 Harrison and the 1990s Lammermuir (both of which are great, but modern and therefore simply expected to have decent cases!). Diversions to any Anglophone countries are of course allowed. One more from me that's tantalisingly close to being beautiful is Milton Abbey in Dorset, which would be a stunner if some kind person gave money to finish off the tower cornices and complete the panelling around the sides and back. I think it counts as off the beaten track, as it's in a small village in the countryside:
  11. FWIW I didn't bother putting in NPOR links previously because I felt this thread was about the cases really, not the organs. No intention to upset anyone! A few more I've stumbled across by chance in the last few days: Shoreham, Ss Peter and Paul - another parish organ in an historic chair case, this time the Shrider / Jordan from Westminster Abbey: Chawton, St Nicholas - this one just contains a toaster nowadays so not much point NPOR linking ... and how could I forget St Mary's, Finedon?
  12. Some really good things coming through now, including quite a few I had no idea of! The Highnam one presents a query: are we allowing it if it's not a proper architectural case? In the mean time, Bolton Parish Church, another A G Hill design:
  13. .... and there's St Michael's Framlingham of course (a bit better known on this board no doubt):
  14. This is a terrible photo but it's the only one I can find of St Andrew the Less, Cambridge. The organ and the church are both at risk:
  15. Oh you must go to Clumber. It's a truly wonderful park (the Duke of Newcastle's I think) and that's just the Quire of the chapel, which is a bonsai cathedral. The organ is a sizeable unspoiled 3-manual G&D, absolutely superb. Edited to add: it's just off the A1 north of Newark
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