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  1. I must say that after listening to the Stephen Cleobury last verse, I'm not all that taken with it (particularly the last line!) But only my opinion though! I thought that on the BBC 2 broadcast, the baritone soloist that sang in 'A Spotless Rose' (and in 'We Three Kings') was absolutely marvellous! Any thoughts? Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas! Richard
  2. Hello! Sorry, this is not really related to the original posters question, but I thought rather than start a new thread my question may fit here. Very sorry if I am wrong about this! I am currently working on the Fugue of this work, and was wondering how people grapple around the left hand part commencing at the bottom of page 18 (bar 53 I think, marked sempre pp). It looks simple enough at first glance, but I'm struggling over where to substitute fingers etc in order to keep the line legato? If anyone would be able to scan a copy of these couple of pages with fingerings on that would be very much appreciated! Other than that, I must say it is certainly my favourite work, and I am thoroughly enjoying learning it! Thanks in advance! Richard
  3. For a fairly easy crowd pleaser, you could always try Nigel Ogden's Leprachaun in London? They do love that Rawthorne though!
  4. Hello everyone, hope you are all well, and enjoying your collective summers! I hope I am not speaking out of place here, by wishing Paul Carr (very well known forum member, and marvellous organist!) all the best for his recital at Notre Dame Cathedral this Sunday! His programme looks to make for wonderful listening, and I hope he enjoys it as much as he has been looking forward to it! Good luck Paul!
  5. Yes, Thanks again Paul. Looking forward to getting stuck in to some of these pieces. Kind Regards, Richard
  6. I would also like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter! I agree, the music is pretty special during Holy Week! At my church the choir has sung: Good Friday: Lotti - Crucifixus Sanders - Reproaches Victoria - O Vos Omnes Morley - Nolo Mortem Peccatoris John of Portugal - Crux Fidelis Holy Saturday: Ceasar - Missa Brevis Taverner - Dum Transisset Sabbatum Easter Sunday: Morning: Darke - Communion Service in E Walford Davies - O Sons and Daughters let us sing Arr. Wood - This Joyful Eastertide Evensong (With Solemn Benediction): Rose - Responses Stanford - Psalm 150 Stanford - Magnificat and Nunc Dimmitis in A Major S.S. Wesley - Blessed be the God and Father Howells - Te Deum - Collegium Regale (This being my favourite piece in the world ) Then we're on holiday! What will I do with myself!? Kind Regards, Richard
  7. Firstly I must express my lack of knowledge in these parts, as I haven't played many of the cathedral organs around the country, or anywhere for that matter! But I must express my preference for drawknobs over stop tabs or the like. Firstly they are much more asthetically pleasing, and secondly, I find them easier to use. I don't know why this is, perhaps its the feeling you get when yanking out that 32' bombarde for the last chord! Ooh, spine tingling! Anyway, seeing as I haven't played a huge amount, I can't really say which are the best to play. However, having seen a good many, the one that I think is just breathtaking in looks is the console for the Father Willis organ in the long Library at Blenheim Palace. I think it is just amazing! Kind Regards, Richard
  8. Hi All! A have a funny tale to tell that happened to me at this morning's Sunday Eucharist... Firstly a bit of Background. The church that I was playing at has a choir consisting of 4 old ladies and 2 old men. The organ console sits opposite the choir, which they have to process past at the end of the service. Anyway, It came to the end of the service, and I started playing a nice jubilant improv in the form of a Toccata, with the tune in the pedals. On this particular day I was wearing formal attire but had some of my colourful and patterened Topman socks on. About half a minute goes past and the choir start going past. The last pair to come out are Husband and wife. She stops and says to her Husband "Oooh Ken, Look at his socks!" She then proceeds to pull up my trouser leg while I am playing, and point them out to him! A definate first for me! Kind Regards, Richard
  9. Here are a few of my Favourite Youtube Videos: Parry - I Was Glad - St Pauls Cathedral http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2YstlGy1Ld0 Vierne - Finale - Symphonie No. 6. A tad too fast IMO but a terrific performance. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iyQ5Qq-rviM Thalben-Ball - Elegy - Technically great performance, I thought maybe a bit more expression needed. For example maybe dwell a bit longer on the fortissimo chord before the pedals come rumbling in below. Only my opinion though! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZJlGuNFi8g&...feature=related Durufle - Prelude and Fugue on the Name of ALAIN. Simply breathtaking music worderfully performed. Prelude - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3kYAG5ArZsg&NR=1 Fugue - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JR-sqchqWnE And finally, my favourtie video on youtube to the present day: Guilmant - Final - Sonata No. 1 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=GOzV41iwe-E I think this video is simply wonderful. The organist (Raúl Prieto Ramírez) simply plays it fantastically, both technically and musically. He puts so much life, energy and enthusiasm into the performance. I also love the organ, especially that wonderful reed (chamade?) at the end. I keep going back to it again and again as I find simply breathtaking to watch and listen to! Kind Regards, Richard
  10. Hello Everyone! I am new to this forum and thought I should say a little about myself here! I am Richard Dawson, and am 16. I am the organist of Emmanuel Parish Church, Bentley, and sing in the choir of Emmanuel Parish Church Wylde Green. These days, I also play for a few of the services there, on the wonderful 3 manual Willis III organ there. I have been learning the organ for two years, and am working towards taking grade 8 after passing Grade 6 with distinction last Summer. I organise recital series at Bentley and other fund raising activities to get the organ there restored, and have played 5 of the 7 recitals so far. I currently study the Organ with Toby Barnard, and love playing the organ. I hope to be an organ scholar at Cambridge university one day and hopefully become a cathedral organist! My best organ experience so far occured last weekend (Sunday 6th January 2008) when I played the Widor Toccata (Symphonie No 5) after the 10.00 O clock Eucharist service at Yorkminster Cathedral. Loved every second. Was ecstatic at the end when Francis Jackson approached me and said "Lovely peformance, and at the perfect speed!" I hope to contibute to the intriguing disccusions on this forum over the time to come. Kind Regards, Tuba Magna 91 Richard Dawson
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