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I have heard that Mr Lindsay Gray, Headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral School, is to be the next Director of the RSCM.

 

Also, Katherine Dienes Williams is to be the Organist and Choirmaster of Guildford Cathedral.

 

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Thanks for that Barry.

 

I knew Katherine in her days at Norwich as assistant, where she was both a superb player and nice lady to boot. Isn't the first job she has been offered, but all the best to her, and of course Mr. Gray.

 

Interesting though that Guildford hasn't gone down the route of appointing a Choral Specalist...

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Thanks for that Barry.

 

I knew Katherine in her days at Norwich as assistant, where she was both a superb player and nice lady to boot. Isn't the first job she has been offered, but all the best to her, and of course Mr. Gray.

 

Interesting though that Guildford hasn't gone down the route of appointing a Choral Specalist...

Simple reason, David - we really need two very capable players on the full time staff at Guildford, as the no1 accompanies the girls (who are directed by the no2) and there are numerous specials etc which (especially at Christmas) are too much for one person to do alone. Which is not to say that Katherine won't also do a really superb job with the choir here, as she has done with her singers at Warwick.

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Curious that Mr.Gray's title is merely 'Director' - Professor John Harper always styled himself 'Director General'!

 

Not really curious. The title has indeed changed, reflecting the nature of the new post. Professor Harper did not bestow his job title upon himself. He was asked by the RSCM Council to combine the role of director with that of chief executive, with the title Director General.

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Not really curious. The title has indeed changed, reflecting the nature of the new post. Professor Harper did not bestow his job title upon himself. He was asked by the RSCM Council to combine the role of director with that of chief executive, with the title Director General.

 

 

So they're going to have a chief executive as well?

Visions of deckchair manouvres come to mind.

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Quote from the Lay Clerks' List, posted on Wednesday 26th:

 

"Dr Alan Thurlow announced his intention to retire with effect from Easter 2008 to the congregation at Chichester on Sunday morning."

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Nice to see the departing Guildford organist played a recital at the new Guildford organist's current church back in August... :)
sorry to spoil a good conspriacy theory, but I was invited by KD last year to play in Warwick - long before I had even thought about leaving Guildford this summer - and for the record, I was nothing to do with the selection process for my successor...
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sorry to spoil a good conspriacy theory, but I was invited by KD last year to play in Warwick - long before I had even thought about leaving Guildford this summer - and for the record, I was nothing to do with the selection process for my successor...

Of course. I was merely struck by the beauty of the conincidence! :)

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Stepen Farr has mentioned the organists' workload, hence Guildford not going down the "Choral specialist" route. Are places that have done so not going to feel the pressure on their remaining organists?

 

And will "organists" by whatever title they are known in such places be deemed sufficiently chorally knowledgeable to stand in for choir training/ conducting duties? And how are cathedral organists' career prospects going to develop in the future?

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Stepen Farr has mentioned the organists' workload, hence Guildford not going down the "Choral specialist" route. Are places that have done so not going to feel the pressure on their remaining organists?

 

Apparently, the incumbent organists at Saint Paul's are already feeing the effects of the increased workload - so I am reliably informed.

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I have heard that St Peter's rc cathedral, Belfast, is to have a new organist and choirmaster, apparently from Croydon Parish Church.

 

Barry Williams

 

Nigel McClintock perhaps? The organ there now is rather splendid - Kenneth Jones worked on it recently - West end, 4 Man., terraced console etc. The spec. doesn't seem to have made it on line yet though.

 

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