Guest Roffensis Posted February 28, 2007 Share Posted February 28, 2007 Following the recent removal of the organ at Worcester, with all the "hoo haa" that has caused, it occurs to me to pose a few questions, poignant, and well meant. 1) Am I correct in thinking Nicholsons have the pipework of the old instrument? 2) Is it Nicholsons who are to build the nave organ? 3) Is this instrument to be along French lines? 4) Do we accept that there are many out there who have been very against the old organ being outed? 5) Do we accept that the old organ was particularly at ease with the French repertoire? 6) Would it not be a good compromise to actually re use the old organ pipework for the nave organ therefore? 7) Why go the expense of new pipework when the old organ did in fact sound well indeed, it was it's position, and trying to do too much "accross" the building, that was part of its considered shortcomings? 8) The soundboards etc doubtless needed restoration, but is it not so that the organ could be given a new lease of life in the cathedral still? These are serious questions that I feel should be addressed properly, regardless of those who had little praise for the job, it did have its very many admirers, and it is, and will be missed. Politically and musically, this move could pay very great dividends both in terms of financial outlay, and also in terms of actually listening to those who did love the old organ. Worcester is getting its new organ, but does that necessarily mean the old has to be scrapped? I cannot see why. Furthermore, it could possibly (? time lag?) be used still with the transept organ in just the way it was, as the new Tickell organ will be. Either way, even with a new Pedal.....That to me spells out an incredibly versatile cathedral for music, and the best of both worlds. I hope we can keep this discussion sensible, and that there will be serious thought about it. Richard. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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