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Michael Cox

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  • Birthday 10/08/1960

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    Auckland New Zealand
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    Master of Arts (First Class Honours) from Waikato University<br />Thesis- 'The Organ Reform Movement of New Zealand'<br /><br />Victorian and Edwardian English Organs<br />New Zealand Organ History<br />Anglican Church Music<br />French Classical & German Romantic Organs
  1. So far, so good. Now those "traditional ways which seem self-evidences" are completely ignored outside the UK (and the United States, Australia, New-Zealand...), and will soon be in the english-speaking world when a next generation of organists will have been trained entirely on modern organs. Let me assure Pierre that New Zealand has several players who really do know how to play Howells- especially with registrational subilties. Some of these players are English born or trained and several are not, including several rather gifted organ scholars in NZ at the moment!! We also have
  2. Wow! I'm impressed with this. Why don't you write an article for Organists Review on Reger- it would certainly stir our consciousness. Yes- there is a very deep essence in Reger. I believe Karg-Elert had a challenging personality and life-style too. The essence of German composers of this period really interests me-you are so correct to allude to the destructive psyche. We need more understandings like these to assist us to perform the music rather than superficial discussion on this or that organ register.
  3. I would rate Healey Willan's Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue highly. Also worth mentioning are works from the 'North German' organ school by Lubeck, Bohm and Bruhns.
  4. Katherine Dienes no over at St Mary's Warwick formerly Assistant at Liverpool R.C Cathedral. So guys watch out ! <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Katherine is one of several New Zealanders doing wonderful things for classical church music in the UK. Her choral set up at Warwick is very good and she certainly knows how to handle choirboys as evidenced by me in watching her take a rehearsal in October. She has a very good musician in Luke Bond assisting her. Although not female two other Kiwi church musicians of note are Andrew McMillan who is assistant at St Mary's Bourne Street and t
  5. Christopher Herrick is a charismatic organ performer of high ability who really knows how to relate to an audience. He is very popular in New Zealand and Australia where he draws some of the largest organ audiences we have seen in recent years. His Hyperion recordings are very highly regarded here as they are in Europe- Beck's in Munich had every single one of his discs for sale.
  6. The Rawtenstall organ is highlighted in an article by Gerald Sumner in BIOS Journal 18. He concludes that the organ is certainly Hill in character, with a Cavaille-Coll style console and a French quality to the tone. I would thoroughly recommend this article and its general theme of the French influence in High Victorian Lancashire. ..Surely an organ that must be saved.
  7. There are problems - but there are problems everywhere! Quite true, and Australia and New Zealand have similiar issues with once flourishing parish churches of inner city suburbs giving way to their former congregations. Today for example my Choir from affluent Remuera joined with that of the Central Methodist Church in Auckland known as Pitt Street Methodist. Methodism in NZ embraces a polynesian flavour and caters for the diversity of Tongan, Fijian, Samoan, Rarotongan and Niue Islanders. Within this we did an introit by Purcell and his verse anthem "Declare his honour' with orga
  8. The Reed Organ Museum at Saltaire should be considered a national treasure for English organ building. Reed organs are a parallel development to nineteenth century/early twentieth century pipe organ history. I visited the museum on my first trip to the UK in 1987 and had a great time playing as many of the exhibits as I could. The warm welcome and invitation to have a go was most encouraging. Included in the collection is a spledidly preserved example of a 3 manual John Holt of Birmingham as built for Marmaduke Conway to practice on when not on the Ely Cathedral console. Also to be found
  9. quote=Tony Newnham,Jul 24 2005, 04:55 PM] And I still say that it's insulting. Your right to freedom of speech, as with all rights, also brings responsibilities, especially the responsibilty to respect other points of view, not denigrate them. I would have no problem if you said Latin Mass/traditional music or whatever is your (personal) preference, but to say that it's the only valid worship music is not only insulting, it's patently untrue. I agree with Tony. No classical organist should write off the musical ability and spiritual integrity of those who play in quality church music gr
  10. I would encourage Edinburgh to be the most viable for an ECHO United Kingdom City for a start. It has such a diverse and interesting organ culture that really does cover many periods. Also, the Scottish seem passionate about organ conservation and its history although I believe the Scottish Historic Organ Trust is now defunct. There are several very fine players there too such as John Kitchen who reguarly record instruments in that region.
  11. I rather agree with some of the sentiments of deadsheepstew. If those of you in England feel passionate about the retention of the Worcester organ why not form a lobby group and approach the Cathedral Chapter, Diocese, Diocesan organ advisor etc. Can anyone get alongside the Organist and Master of the Choristers? The retention of many organs is usually the result of a passionate and determined person attracting a like minded philosophy around him/her. I fought for the preservation of the Wellington Town Hall organ on one hand and lost a battle with an embittered former Cathedral Organist of Au
  12. I agree with these sentiments. I'm reminded of a black n'white photo of Max Reger playing a symphonic organ in Germany-the console lid is piled high with music. Sloppy organ lofts can of course reflect the incumbent musician or reflect a hard working environment! My church is open each day from 8.30am-5.00pm and as I once had 75% of my repertoire stolen and sold to a second-hand music dealer I do not keep even one album around the console now-its all safely in its storage shelves in the locked Choir Vestry. I also have a thing about dusty consoles. Cheers Michael
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