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  1. 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!):
  2. A quick thought - I wonder if one of the universities might be willing to host the forum (I seem to recall that Emmanuel College Cambridge used to host the NPOR for example). One could argue that there is academically interesting content in it. Or BIOS or the RCO perhaps?
  3. ... and in a not dissimilar style, I hope we can gently flex the off-the-beaten-track rule so that Selby Abbey counts! The 1909 cases were designed by John Oldrid Scott (assisted by Arthur Hill I believe), who was (deep breath, try not to get it wrong this time) son of Sir George Gilbert Scott, brother of George Gilbert Scott Jr and ... er ... uncle of Giles Gilbert Scott. Right?
  4. Another pretty good Victorian facade is Thorney Abbey in Cambridgeshire. The current parish church is the remaining nave of a large monastic church; the organ sits in a transept which I think is either a 19th or a 20th century addition to the building. The Nave has a very strange-looking ceiling - does anyone know if it's a tent or is it solid (eg plaster)? Is it temporary? The organ is pretty historic btw (BIOS Cert) and has had quite a few builders work on it. The cases are either by Bevington or Bryceson, 1858, though NPOR says the organ was originally on the West gallery, div
  5. Maybe if the blower intake was next to someone infected who was coughing into it? It's not April 1 is it?
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
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