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    I have a Peter Collins organ: 8 8 4 2 over 2 man and ped. + 8 ped reed (1/8 length)- foolishly and against Peter's advice with a R&C pedal board (no one should use an R&C pedal board these days, particularly if you have a large shoe size! - makes life needlessly difficult).
    Yamaha U3 piano, now carefully revoiced to get rid of brassy tenor and bass.
    Guelph 1 manual American reed organ.
    I have a severely shrinking repertoire - I mostly blame my organ shoes - but there must be something else...I use Dupre editions of Bach, Mendelsohn, Franck...I have a large number of CDs .. mostly avoiding English organs.. with a lot of St Sulpice. Karl Richter and his Munich Choir and Orchestra are also old favourites.

    I don't play on Sundays for a variety of reasons.I used to play with a visiting choir and was lucky enough to play on a number of large instruments in the south. I only play for fun....Science pays the bills...

    Live not far from Farnborough Abbey - the best small organ in Great Britain.
  1. The Royal Festival Hall Organ - what if ?

    This is a very important comment. Without this (i.e. volume increasing with increased pitch) much of Widor sounds completely boring and lifeless. But I'm not so sure that it is helpful with Bach.
  2. Flavour conductor

    Whooooooooooooooo. I feel drunk after playing those clips!!!!!!
  3. Peter Collins

    This is sad news indeed. At St Albans in July I was so sorry that Peter had been unable to present his new organ for the Festival due to illness. Peter had unlimited enthusiasm, energy, knowledge and vision in all things to do with organs. He was a most interesting speaker. In the early days of the St Albans Organ Festival I was so impressed by the small organs he displayed that I ordered a small instrument from him -it produces such a refined and elegant sound that I still enjoy 35 years on. At the time I ordered this I remember playing on other recent organs of his- at the Turner Sims Concert Hall and St Mary's Paddington Green. He had boundless enthusiasm for both of these - however I remember that at St Mary's the features he most commented on were the fiery wooden urns on the top of the case! Over the years every time I met him he had a new enthusiasm -high purity lead pipes, cases with resonant panels, light weight pallets.... Although many of his organs leant towards the north European classical organ, he was enthusiastic about many English builders, and he told me that he thought the sound of the organ in St Sulpice was incomparably fine.
  4. The 1908 Organ Of Ely Cathedral

    20 or 30 years ago- I remember going to a talk by Arthur Wills in which he explained how the rebuild had put the organ back towards its original sound. I asked how he could say that when the Great 32ft had been removed. It was clearly an unwanted question and I received a short and fuzzy reply - which I unfortunately don't remember. It is interesting how one person's improvement is another person's vandalism.....
  5. Kings College on BBC TV

    I'm sure that Kings would have done the full spectrum of accompanied services before CCTVs appeared. CCTV would be too big and expensive before the 1980's, however a loudspeaker in an organ loft would be feasible. There was such an arrangement at Ely in the 70s for services in the nave, I don't know if Kings ever had any similar arrangements. It would be interesting to consider what the impact of CCTV is on the modern cathedral repertoire.
  6. Kings College on BBC TV

    This afternoon I thought I would take a look at Carols from Kings on the iPlayer before it vanished. To my surprise and delight there were two additional progammes about Kings (on the iPlayer with about 19 days left) - one about the first TV carol broadcast in 1954 and the other a documentary on these broadcasts over the last 60 years. This post is to suggest that many of you may be upset if you miss these programms as I nearly did. There is too much to write about here - but I'm sure you will be enchanted by the 1954 service from an almost forgotten era - the voices, haircuts, tempi, conducting with just a finger and much more....
  7. Songs of praise

    Qote from the BBC link - "The BBC's flagship worship show, Songs of Praise, is updating its programme as part of a relaunch." Didn't realise it was a worship show. ................??
  8. Casson mixtures

    Colin - I thought your paper about acoustic basses very interesting - at school we had an acoustic bass 32ft and I always thought that it only "worked" on the bottom few notes - anyway your analysis it very convincing. I thought I would try out some of my own analysis using Fourier Transforms, but I no longer have the research software that MOD once provided me with- however I am pleased to find that in this day and age everything is already done for you on the computer - try adding your own mixtures of tones together e.g. 100Hz + 150Hz http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=play+100Hz+tone+%2B+150Hz+tone+ in the power spectrum you can see that there is no power below 100Hz i.e. no "difference note" (although the speaker option didn't work for me). You can synthesise whatever you like!!! Have fun folks!!!
  9. Casson mixtures

    Many thanks, Colin, for your detailed reply and interesting measurements in 10 above.
  10. Casson mixtures

    This is an interesting point- and leads to questions like should chords played on a Quintadena (which has a prominant 12th) sound conspicuously out of tune in ET?? I don't think they do in my experience!
  11. Elgar Organ Sonata

    I don't know if this has been mentioned before, but there is an orchestrated version of Elgar's organ sonata. Which was recorded by Vernon Handley. I well remember a recital by the late Carlo Curley who, in his conversation to the audience, said that he hadn't really got on well with the Sonata until he had heard the orchestrated version - then he realised that "organists tend to play the work too stiffly".
  12. RFH Symposium

    Dame Gillian said that she had read that Bach had some sort of overshoes made to enable him to use his heels in playing.
  13. RFH Symposium

    I agree; Harrison's presentation was very well presented and the video tour of the organ interior was a splendid idea. The concluding recital was very interesting, particularly in the Sweelink variations, as it demonstrated a number of the quieter stops. I hope we can hear more of these quieter stops in the future. It was also very amusing that Dame Gillian Weir came down on the side of manual changes and the use of heels in Bach. I was astonished too that she mentioned that she had been drawn into conversation with Susi Jeans about whether or not Bach wrote the G min Fantasia because Susi Jeans said exactly the same thing to me once, when I visited Cumberland Lodge for one of her music weeks! I did find however the talk on pipe scales somewhat hard to take in and, as in Downes' book, there was no conclusion on the types of scales that are desirable and how and why these would be affected be the buildings acoustical properties.
  14. Polishing your Principles

    If I were you I would try the paste out on a small area at the back of one of the pipes and wait several weeks to see if there is any adverse effect. I would also wear cotton gloves to avoid finger marks.
  15. RFH Organ

    The BIOS link to buy the RFH book is now working - looking forward to my copy arriving!