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  1. From the monstrous to the diminutive - this one divides opinion but I must admit I'm an admirer - St Martin-le-Grand, Coney Street, York. I find it refreshing.
  2. Another find - the seven-manual console of the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City These 360 panoramas seem to have become more and more popular in the last couple of years. What do people use to make them? I had a feature on my phone where I could stitch lots of photos into one panorama, but it was very fiddly, took ages and the results were often very poor. There must be a better way? I wouldn't mind making a few myself! Re. the Echo organ at Hexham, I seem to recall reading somewhere it was retained as a tax-efficient measure, to prevent having to pay VAT on the Phelps because with the old Echo still in situ the Phelps could be categorised as an 'additional organ' - does anyone know if that's true?
  3. As far as I know, nothing ever came of this scheme? I know little of the Cathedral but remember dire headlines about its finances a few years ago. A pity if the idea has been shelved - it seemed like a sensible plan to me. Also I wonder if anyone knows, has the removal of the asbestos ceiling a couple of years ago changed the acoustics? For the better?
  4. Brilliant spot on the Doncaster links. Dafydd and Andrew, don't forget that street view gives you a very 'fish eye' view by default, which can skew your perception of perspective and distance quite badly. If you zoom in (use mouse wheel or black buttons in the bottom right) then you can see less of the building at once but the organ doesn't look so far away!
  5. From the Southwell Minster website (I'd guess this is written by Paul Hale?): Possibly Mr Hale might be along to fill us in, but surely the crowding in the case was also a factor, along with the soundboard layout? Was the old Great under the Swell box perhaps? I think the old choir was enclosed, so there were two biggish swell boxes in there - did that box the great in? Was the great masked by 16ft basses inside the case perhaps? Another difference re York, Lincoln and Ripon is that the pulpitum is much higher WRT the arch it's under at Southwell, so there is hardly any height above the organ. It's really quite striking when you look at them next to each other: York: Ripon: Lincoln: ... and Southwell: ... and the Southwell front pipes are only 8ft! It's hard to believe there's a 4-manual organ in there. Colin, just as an FYI, the Southwell crossing space actually has no glass in it. However the misunderstanding over the word 'lantern' prompted your very useful observations about glass's low acoustic impedance at low frequencies, so all is not lost! I think the type of stone is a big factor as well, yes. Thankfully the Binns/Wood has no trouble filling the Southwell sand-stone nave (to put it mildly!).
  6. Good find thanks - a very buried Bevington though! I feel a bit sorry for it; I guess that's why there's a toaster in the nave? ETA npor says it's no longer in use, but your Feb 2018 photo strongly suggests otherwise, which is good.
  7. Thanks for the correction! I'll go back and correct my post. I had all of that straight in my head at one point; clearly it all fell out again! There's a BBC Dan Cruikshank documentary on YouTube about the dynasty which I must get around to watching, maybe that will help.
  8. One that got away two years ago (I think!) was Moccas in Herefordshire (Walker 1877), recently given a full historic restoration by Nicholsons. The case is by Giles Gilbet Scott Junior [correction: George Gilbert Scott Junior, oops!]: The church is a lovely tower-less three-chamber Norman building retaining many Norman features including its apse, set in lovely countryside. A gem. ETA: NPOR has perhaps an even more atmospheric photo:
  9. Haven't had chance to watch this yet but I'm generally a fan of Jonathan Scott so must get around to it!!!
  10. Leo van Doeselaar is titular organist at the Martinikerk in Groningen, organist at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (did I spell that right?), and I think he is (was?) also organist at the Pieterskerk in Leiden, with its awesome 17th-Century van Hagerbeer organ, still with Blokwerk on the Hoofdmanuaal. He has quite a CV, to put it mildly! AllofBach is surely one of the best things to happen in my lifetime. (It's even a bit too good to be true, all being available freely to everyone.... I can't help wondering if there's someone a bit shady paying for it all, but that could just be me being paranoid!) They are using a nice selection of Dutch organists for the project, Doeselaar is perhaps their primus inter pares but there are others as well. I really enjoyed some I didn't know previously - for example Reitze Smits playing BWV662 on an organ not familiar to me or Bart Jacobs playing BWV545 at Haarlem or Dorien Schouten playing BWV578 on the Koororgel at Kampen. I also enjoy the interviews with the players about each piece. The concerted works are phenomenally good as well - we watched their Matthew Passion on Good Friday and it was sublime. ETA: Doeselaar does a lot of their continuo organ playing, often on 'real' organs rather than box organs - eg the short but spectacular motet Nun Ist Das Heil BWV50 at the Maartinikerk Groningen.
  11. LOVE the Chorzempa recording and totally agree about the slightly slower tempo - it's got a real self-confidence about it. It reminds me of the time my wife and I popped in to Notre Dame de Paris in about 2004 on holiday; we were lucky to catch M Latry* playing this at the end of mass and it was utterly stunning and exhilarating - I wanted to shout 'Bravo' at the top of my voice by the end (managed not to, thank goodness!). It wasn't slow though! I noticed Latry often talks about the relationship between the organ and the cathedral itself - how the organ is the voice of the building - and it really was as if the whole cathedral was singing. Sorry, slightly off-topic. Again. * it could only have been him!!
  12. Just wanted to say I really loved the Jonathan Scott recital, and I would have missed it but for this thread, so many thanks to P DeVile, and 'Bravo' to Mr Scott (on the off-chance he's reading this forum)! The playing is brilliant, the repertoire is brilliant, the video editing is brilliant, the organ sounds epic, and the verbal introductions to the pieces are perfectly pitched. Great stuff: looking forward to the next one!
  13. FYI before and after pictures are on Facebook.
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