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  1. Can anyone point me to a copy of this - preferably for organ? I need it for a funeral on Monday. A digital download or a scan would be great. Thanks Stephen Barber
  2. I see Derby Cathedral has a new DOM. http://www.derbycathedral.org/news.asp?ID=425
  3. I wanted to answer pcnd's query about this organ, but the topic has been locked, so: pcnd wrote: I notice (from the current issue of the Church Times) that a Director of Music and Organist is required for Saint John the Baptist, Peterborough. I further note (from the NPOR*) that this church possesses a 'vintage' Harrison organ, with its original stop-list largely intact. The only ranks missing are the Pedal Ophicleide, and the G.O. Harmonics (17-19-flat 21-22) and Octave Tromba. One minor alteration was the transposition of the former 8ft. Viole d'Orchestre on the Choir Organ to 4ft. pitch. There are a few colour photographs, two of which show the console, which looks to be quite dignified and largely unspoiled. However, I see that there is a note reading 'Specification superseded' near the top of the entry, so perhaps there have been some further alterations to this instrument. It would be interesting to know whether any contributor has played this instrument and can give an idea of its current state (and stop-list). As the outgoing organist I can give confirm that the NPOR specification is accurate: (http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N03444) The list of current and previous organs is admittedly confused now – it was fine until CKea’s useful information was added in 2009. The organ is a fine Harrison from 1917 and is tonally unaltered (with the tiny exception of the Choir 4ft string which was originally at 8ft pitch). Sadly in 1980, and with the best of intentions, the tubular pneumatic action was ripped out and replaced with a cheap and not very responsive action. Enough of the Harrison action remains for it to be converted to a proper electro-pneumatic action and there are plans to do this and renovate the instrument. Possibly also to install the prepared-for stops. The more I play this organ, the more I love it. The Swell reeds are not as smooth as later H&H ones and are, I think, superb. The Great 8, 4, 2 chorus is excellent, but not really enough for a large church. The organ is great for English romantic music, of course, but also copes well with French, though it does need a pedal reed. It’s obviously less good for Baroque music, the pedal being the problem. The massive Open Wood is too big and the Geigen is too small (same rank as the Great 16ft). I tend to use Great and Swell coupled but a Great Mixture would allow the Swell to be kept independent and coupled down to provide a stronger and more clearly defined pedal line. I will miss playing this instrument very much but have decided that, when I become an old-age pensioner in November, I will play the organ (Walker 1865) in the village where we now live.
  4. Depends on whether or not you find Helmut Walcha's playing boring?
  5. Steven Grahl has been appointed to succeed Robert Quinney at Peterborough. http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/news-archive/items/Music_Director.html and: http://www.newcollegechoir.com/1/post/2014/04/muiscal-chairs.html
  6. A few more: Widor 2nd Symphony Finale (though I find one bit very difficult) Guilmant 1st Sonata Finale - a superb piece (though I either have to leave out a couple of pedal notes or buy organ shoes with bigger heels) The Belier Toccata - at first I turned up my nose at it, but having played it once or twice I find it rather good and always enjoyed by listeners. It's very easy, which is a big plus! (on IMSLP) Dupré: Placare Christe servulis (from the Tombeau de Titelouze) Dupré, again: the Prelude - from the P & F in B Vierne; The superb Finale to the 3rd Symphony Fleury: the last of his "Vingt-quatre pièces pour orgue ou harmonium" - brilliant piece - and easy. (Basically manuals only, with a few pedals at the end. Recorded by George Guest for Rymuse.) And if they don't have to be French: Lemmens Fanfare Bédard: Toccata from the "Suite for Organ" - okay a bit trite, but very effective Archer: the Toccata from the "Suite for Organ" which is a very good piece, I think, but easy to play (The Suite also has a beautiful Adagio, in my opinion) Also Archer: the Centenary Toccata from the "Lancaster Suite" - not quite such a good piece but I still enjoy playing it. I've also played a Toccata in F minor by Ralph Driffil which I quite liked. Francis Jackson: Toccata (from Toccata, Chorale & Fugue) - a bit fiddly but a great piece RE: the Vierne Carillon from the 24 Pièces, I don't use the adaptation by Pierre Gouin but I think it does work. After all, Vierne wrote it so that it could be played on a harmonium. Would he have used the octaves graves if he'd played it on the organ? It's a bit thin if played as written unless there's plenty of 16' tone.
  7. She's going to be Assistant DOM at Rochester.
  8. See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/10598116/Labours-50p-tax-will-damage-British-business.html Scroll down to three letters about cathedral music, in particular, a letter from David Lawson. Anyone know anything? Later: Though this seems to be based solely on this from the Lincoln Cathedral website: ‘Put simply we need to double the number of paying visitors. Even then there remains a major challenge’.
  9. Quite sure! IMSLP has scores which are out of copyright in Canada and the USA, for instance. If you try to download Dupré you will see a notice telling you that the music is still under copyright in the EU. Downloading scores which are still in copyright in this country is as bad as photocopying them.
  10. sbarber49

    Set Free

    Doesn't look like a Harrison console, certainly! It's Ghent Cathedral, by the way: http://www.andriessenorgelbouw.be/en/GSB-info.html Not one of the world's great organs. (It's basically a 3 manual in the choir and a 2 manual in the North transept.)
  11. sbarber49

    Set Free

    I remember playing for a concert on this organ (http://www.andriessenorgelbouw.be/organs/GsbShow02.jpg) and resorting to sticking post-it notes on the stops I might want to use. (Didn't have time to set the generals.) I played Karg-Elert's Nun Danket on full organ throughout as I got the tutti on and couldn't get it off again. Quite a racket!
  12. How does this compare to, say, St Alban's?
  13. I see Llandaff has financial problems: http://llandaff.churchinwales.org.uk/news/2013/11/cathedral-tackles-budget-deficit/
  14. Well, "A newspaper of the time announced his death on Good Friday, 13th April 1759" so Easter Saturday must have been 21st. I'm always pedantic anyway, but I get hot under the collar if Easter is anticipated: Good Friday, Holy Saturday or Easter Eve, Easter Day, Easter Monday etc. Bit sad, I know, I should get out more.
  15. This has been an ongoing campaign for many years! I think Andrew Reid is responsible for getting it close to a reality.
  16. Though this appears to be a scan of a published score, from IMSLP, not CPDL. Shouldn't have too many misprints or be poorly laid out. (At least I can't find it on CPDL)
  17. True, but in this case they are just typed-out versions of the printed score, I think (though I've only glanced at them). I think CPDL is a fantastic resource for choirs: yes you need to proof-read scores and note any mistakes. I think, like wikipedia, that there is now more discussion of the scores and that reliability will improve. Wikipedia was a joke in the early days. Editions of music are a different matter - there you are in the hands of the editor. Very dangerous and, indeed, worrying. Scores which are just typed out from the published version can be easily checked, though I'm not sure what happens when no-one can afford to publish choral music and there are no authoritative scores to check with. IMSLP is very good and, because most of it is scans of old editions, you know what you're getting - and it's no different from all those Dover reprints, is it? (Though, admittedly, sometimes hard to read.) The "original compositions" on CPDL seem to be pretty dire, from the small number I've looked at: musical literacy and basic knowledge of harmony rather lacking in many cases.
  18. You can find two versions on CPDL: http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/John_Ireland (Still under copyright here, of course)
  19. To quote Stainer: "Shoes or boots worn when playing should not be made too narrow or too round at the toe; they should have fairly deep heel-pieces........." He goes on to say (I like this bit): "Lady-pupils should avoid very small and also very circular heel-pieces, unless they are prepared to undergo a temporary imprisonment or purchase liberty by the sacrifice of a boot."
  20. To be fair, the church (St Peter's, Yaxley) does keep this organ in good condition. I played for a wedding here a couple of weeks ago. It's a lovely instrument though the console and swell are on one side of the arch and the great on the other: when you play you can hardly hear the great or congregation. (The latter is a good thing when playing before a wedding!)
  21. Confirmation about St George's here: http://www.stgeorges...r-of-music.html
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