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A colleague of mine (son of Henry Sandon, former Senior Lay Clerk at Worcester) has asked me to post the following. I hope we are not abusing our hosts' hospitality by so doing.

Am I correct in thinking that "The Rotunda" was the Willis firm's house magazine?

 

Douglas.

 

"My father has been contacted by the godson of E T Cook (one time Assistant Organist at Worcester under Sir Ivor Atkins and later the first organist of Southwark Cathedral from 1909 to his death in 1953 just before the Coronation).He has four volumes of "The Rotunda" owned by E T Cook.

 

I have no idea if these are interesting or not, although they clearly have some pedigree. I believe the godson merely wishes to find a good home for them, no payment - do you think they would be of interest?"

 

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A colleague of mine (son of Henry Sandon, former Senior Lay Clerk at Worcester) has asked me to post the following. I hope we are not abusing our hosts' hospitality by so doing.

Am I correct in thinking that "The Rotunda" was the Willis firm's house magazine?

 

Douglas.

 

"My father has been contacted by the godson of E T Cook (one time Assistant Organist at Worcester under Sir Ivor Atkins and later the first organist of Southwark Cathedral from 1909 to his death in 1953 just before the Coronation).He has four volumes of "The Rotunda" owned by E T Cook.

 

I have no idea if these are interesting or not, although they clearly have some pedigree. I believe the godson merely wishes to find a good home for them, no payment - do you think they would be of interest?"

 

 

Oh yes. I have some here, any others gratefully received. I'm sure lots of other folk will say the same.

P.

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Oh yes. I have some here, any others gratefully received. I'm sure lots of other folk will say the same.

P.

 

Thanks for prompt response. David Wyld has already bagged them.

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Thanks for prompt response. David Wyld has already bagged them.

 

 

Thinks: Coals to Newcastle?

If one place is bound already to have copies of each issue, it will be Willis headquarters!

[sniff.]

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Thinks: Coals to Newcastle?

If one place is bound already to have copies of each issue, it will be Willis headquarters!

[sniff.]

 

Oh Paul - I'm sorry!

 

Perhaps I should explain: we have a complete set of Rotundas which we make available for any interested person to come to read in the Works: Stephen Bicknell also borrowed them for some time. We get many visitors to the archive and of course, these copies are now becoming slightly dog-eared and I have been a little concerned as to how long we will be able to continue to make them available. So a second set for 'library' use, as it were, will be extremely good news for those who want to come to use them.

 

We do have many, MANY copies of some issues, but I'm afraid that some of the more obviously-popular ones ran out completely several years ago. We did once consider a facsimile reprint but of course the costs would be enormous - subscription copies anyone?!

 

DW

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Re issuing Rotunda would be most welcome... and certainly is overdue. Stop Open and Reed which reprinted the Skinner Magazine on which HW III modelled Rotunda on has been in circulation via OHS for some time but Rotunda as a statement of the times is vastly superior.

Although I am lucky to possess a set of Rotundas, I would support a facsimile edition and think this would be of substantial interest to many of your correspondents and their colleagues

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