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  1. Holy Trinity Coventry

    HTC is a wonderfully historic place , very light and airy, but with no ideal place for an organ. The H&H in Leigh is a superb example of organ building and whilst it isn't really my place to say more . . . . . . . you may think that it has been bought by HTC, removed from Leigh church and stored in a secure location but I couldn't possibly comment . This has all the makings of something really special and I hope enough money can be found, and a decent scheme drawn up, to bring it to fruition.
  2. Newcastle

    I have many memories of the old organ, none of them good. . . I remember trying to practice on it in the early '90s and regularly giving up as it constantly ciphered. I forget what temperament it was tuned to but given the roles it had to fulfil I didn't find it pleasant. There isn't much space there so it will be interesting to see the design.
  3. Tuning mixtures

    Down at the bass end it is relatively easy to distinguish the different pitches but as you rise through the keyboard, and/or more ranks are added, so doubling pitches, I eventually blank them off with a pipe cleaner or a wooden peg.
  4. Loudest Tubas

    Whilst the Tuba Magna at Liverpool Cathedral doesn't go down to 16' pitch, there is a Contral Tromba 16 on the Solo, on 20" and a Contra Tuba 16 on the Bombarde on 30" Both are independant ranks so the organ doesn't lack punch at that pitch SGH Tuba Mirabilis is indeed a wonderful sound.
  5. Liverpool Recital

    Did anyone from the forum make the recital at Liverpool today? I recon today was my 30th consecutive anniversary recital and I thought Ian played fantastically well and made amazing use of the organ. Despite being written for the organ at the other end of Hope Street, the Mathias Invocations worked brilliantly. I really enjoyed the registrations of both Debussy transcriptions which really showed off the strings and solo flutes. A more apt hymn (Angel Voices) could not be sung at this occasion - craftsman's art and music's measure for thy pleasure all combine.
  6. durufle requiem

    thanks everyone, very helpful input.
  7. durufle requiem

    Hi Folks, Does anyone has experience of the organ part of the original Full orchestral version of the Durufle Requiem - i.e. how difficult it is? I have been asked to play it but knowing how fiendishly difficult the organ solo arrangement is I am wary of saying yes without knowing what I am letting myself in for! thanks
  8. Recitals

    Just seen this on Liverpool Cathedral's website. Should be an interesting evening! Notre Dame Organist to perform at Liverpool Cathedral Olivier Latry, the internationally-renowned organist from Notre Dame Paris, is to play a Gala Concert on the great organ of Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm. He will present a mixed, popular programme in his own inimitable style, and the programme will include work by Louis Vierne (Carillon de Westminster, Clair de lune and Feux follets), Olivier Messiaen (L'Ascension) and Thierry Escaich (Evocation II), after which, he will improvise on a submitted theme. In 1985, aged 23, Olivier was awarded the post of one of four Titulaires des grands orgues de Notre-Dame, Paris, alongside Yves Devernay, Philippe Lefèbvre and Jean-Pierre Leguay. In addition to this role and his teaching positions, Olivier has an active career as concert performer, playing in more than forty countries across five continents. Olivier has gained a reputation for performing music by his contemporaries. He is renowned for his performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen and has recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen for Deutsche Grammophon. He is also considered to be a distinguished improviser, in the tradition of an exceptional French line that runs from Charles Tournemire through to Pierre Cochereau. The concert will raise money for Liverpool Cathedral’s £900,000 Organ Appeal, now in its fourth year and standing at £350,000. Completed in 1926, the cathedral's great organ is one of the supreme examples of the craftsmanship of Henry Willis & Sons, with 8 manual divisions and pedals, 199 drawstops, played from each of two consoles, and comprising the staggering total of 10,268 pipes. Built as the largest musical instrument ever conceived, the Grand Organ of Liverpool Cathedral is one of the greatest church organs in the world and the largest organ in the UK today. Olivier said: 'It has always been my wish to play on Liverpool Cathedral's iconic instrument and I am delighted to be doing this at long last'
  9. Drawstop console wanted

    yes - email sent to you
  10. house organ for sale

    O.K. folks, here are some more details of the organ: Rank A 8' STOPPED BASSES (narrow scale) Wood 12 pipes 4' HOLZFLOTE (STOPPED FLUTE) Wood 54 pipes Rank B 4' ROHRFLOTE (CHIMNEY FLUTE) Metal 54 pipes Rank C 2' GEMSHORN (C to C) 49 pipes Rank D 4' OPEN BASSES (GAMBA PIPES) 12 pipes 2' PRINZIPAL 54 pipes Rank E 16' SORDUN Free Reeds 30 reeds Great (lower) Principal 8 C Stopped Diapason 8 A Octave 4 C Chimney Flute 4 B Gemshorn 4 D Twelfth 2 2/3 D Fifteenth 2 C Cornet V A/B/D Swell (upper) Rohrflote 8 B Gemshorn 8 D Nason 4 A Nasat 2 2/3 B Blockflöte 2 B Klein Quint 1 1/3 D Tierce 1 3/5 B Krumhorn 8 A/D Pedal Resultant Bass 16 A/B/C/D Bourdon* 16 A Principal 8 C Flute 8 A Choral Bass 4 B Fifteenth 2 C Mixture II B *TC - bottom octave repeating Five thumb pistons to Great and Swell Five toe pistons to Pedal (Fully adjustable) The stop derivations indicate only the main ranks used. Some pipes from the other ranks have been added or substituted judiciously to enhance the sound. The derivation of stops can be altered with the use of a computer program, which would be supplied with the organ. Any pipe or electronic sound (via MIDI) can be assigned to any key. The pedal 16’ Sordun in the original is a set of 30 free reeds, but they do not work very effectively. For that reason, along with the tremulant, they have not been incorporated in the new April 2011 specification. However, they are all in place, with the action intact, and they might be made to work by someone with a little knowledge and some enthusiasm. The rest of the instrument is in full working order. Six new stop knobs were added above the upper manual in 2011. The organ was designed by the late Ken Smith, and built by Terry and Andrew Fearn in 2007. Dimensions: 4’10 wide, 3’2 deep, 7’7 high.
  11. house organ for sale

    Dear All, a friend of mine is moving house and doesn't think he will be able to take his house organ with him. It is a lovely little three rank, 2 manual house pipe organ built by Terry and Andrew Fearn - a quality instrument built by IBO approved craftsmen. it has had a new transmission and capture system fitted, made by Hugh Banton, which is software based so changes to the spec can be made quite easily via a laptop. I have photos which I can email to any interested parties (I have no idea how to add them to a message) Details of the spec are on my computer at work so will update the post tomorrow. Organ is near Liverpool and can be viewed at any time. A
  12. organs in Krakow

    fantastic! thanks very much - a great help.
  13. organs in Krakow

    Hi Folks, I seem to have ended up with three gigs in Krakow next june and wondered if anyone knows anything about the organs in: St Peter and St Paul, church of the ark in Nowa Huta St Catherine of Alexandria, thanks A
  14. Place your bets

    As DW says, splits or a loose stopper is the usual cause of these things, but is it on the soundboard? If not, a pair of size 12s might have squashed the kopex/conveyance flat!
  15. Manchester Cathedral

    the mechanical side of the instrument is pretty dire. It is a typically complicated electo-pneumatic action from the time when organs were conceived as pneumatic instruments with a bit of electrickery on the side. Consequently there are abundances of pill box motors, internal purses, change over machines and Harrison internal pnuematic actions, all of which are extremely complicated and well beyone their sell by date. The work involved in putting all this right is as major as starting again. There is much that is good about the organ - the French Horn in particular is a wonderful stop, and so versatile being in the box. I fully applaud the decision to transmogrify some of the better ranks into the new job.
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