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  1. I thought that only the first section of the piece was based on a Processional for Fanny's wedding but that the rest of the piece was added later.
  2. Very sad to report the death of David Drinkell. Formerly organist of Belfast Cathedral, and later at Christ Church Cathedral, Frederikston. A frequent contributor here. From the cathedral's Facebook page: Christ Church Cathedral is today mourning the death of a dear friend and member of Cathedral staff, David Drinkell. David's talent, his wit and friendship are among what we are remembering today. We are also praying for Elspeth as she navigates this loss. "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace ..."
  3. I also played the Harwood for FRCO but I've never, ever played it since!
  4. Like VH I learnt to accompany before the era of televisions and speakers. It does teach you the importance of listening very carefully as well as the importance of a good musical rapport with the conductor. I played in a distant, very high, organ loft where the only sight of the conductor was over the left shoulder - a narrow gap between two banners. It's different now, and the expectation is that the organist will follow the conductor's beat in a way which was then impossible. That can be a mixed blessing, mind you. Especially when the conductor feels it necessary to conduct all the orga
  5. It was an interesting arrangement - quite a lot of Guillou in it, but still Vivaldi. The whole recital was terrific.
  6. Does anyone else play the Rathgeber Christmas Pastorales? I find them very useful for playing before carol services. Jolly and lively. http://shop.trinitycollege.com/shop/prod/Rathgeber-Johann-Valentin-10-Christmas-Pastorales-Organ/684858
  7. I'm also surprised. I thought that I'd read reasonably recently that Oxbridge colleges were despairing at the low standard of candidates for organ scholarships.
  8. I see there's an obituary in The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2018/08/28/henry-willis-organ-builder-obituary/
  9. I made one to suit my fingers (so fewer difficulties!). If anyone wants a copy, PM me. I've never come across Harvey Grace's arrangement. Where could I find it?
  10. Indeed, in my benefice (King's Cliffe, Northants) there are Holdich organs in Easton-on-the-Hill (a fine one, renovated by Richard Bowers), Bulwick, and a small one-manual in Laxton (complete with Diaocton), also renovated by Bowers. Collyweston has a one-manual that is also reputed to be by Holdich.
  11. Though still in copyright, of course.
  12. Try Leighton's Fanfare. It's a very effective, easy piece and I don't think it's often played (probably because it was published in the OUP book, "Easy Modern Organ Music". I think it's also in the Leighton Organ Music Book (OUP). There's a good one by Bliss: "A Wedding Fanfare".
  13. You've only got to spend a short time looking at the work of "composers" on the internet (e.g. CPDL) to see what garbage a lack of technique can produce.
  14. There is a good repertoire list here, quite entertaining as well! http://www.cumbrianorganists.org.uk/ (Go to "features", then "choosing your repertoire") I think the Ann Marsden Thomas book "The church's year" is useful. A book I use a lot is "80 chorale preludes" edited by Hermann Keller - most are for manuals, or can be played without pedals: https://www.musicroom.com/product-detail/product450705/variant450705/80-chorale-preludes-by-german-masters-of-the-17th-and-18th-centuries/ The "24 Pièces en style libre" by Louis Vierne are very good. (and on IMSLP). As for hymn pla
  15. Pity it's on a Sunday morning when organists tend to be otherwise engaged.
  16. Gosh! You certainly have a very low opinion of West (& Co.)! Certainly knowledge of historical practice was not developed in West’s time but, he would he really “ have had no interest in it”? I read that he was a pioneer in the field of editing, especially choral and organ music from earlier centuries and prepared an edition of the Bach motets. No doubt, of course, this would have reflected the knowledge and taste of his time. As for the Greene voluntary arrangement: I am grateful to you for the copy – thank you. I enjoy Simon Johnson’s performance of it on the Priory DVD from St
  17. I agree about re-arranging 18th century English organ music to include pedals. However I'd make an exception for Simon Johnson's performance of Greene's "Voluntary in C minor (as arranged by West) on his St. Paul's DVD.
  18. Though Peterborough now has a nasard and sesquialtera on the choir - added in 2016, along with a tuba mirabilis
  19. Details here: http://www.rhinegoldjobs.co.uk/job/8433/director-of-music-in-cambridge
  20. http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8390/organ-petition-to-cardinal-sarah-close-to-10-000-signatures (I know the petition has been mentioned before.)
  21. Here is a link to the Allen site, giving some reasons for the installation - from Allen's point of view, of course! Apparently they thought it was intended for use in St. Peter's Square. Has St.Peter's ever had a satisfactory organ? https://www.allenorgan.com/www/allenews/mainallenews.html
  22. Lee Ward to be DOM at Liverpool Cathedral: http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/43/section.aspx/37/liverpool_cathedral_announces_lee_ward_as_new_director_of_music_
  23. Andrew Reid, currently Director of the RSCM and previously DOM at Peterborough Cathedral, is to be the new Managing Director of Harrison and Harrison Organ Builders. http://www.harrisonorgans.com/news
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