Charles Wooler Posted December 30, 2008 Share Posted December 30, 2008 Can I draw everyone's attention to an event taking place on Saturday week in Newcastle City Centre? On 10th January 2009 James Parsons will run an Oundle for Organists "Get Ahead" Day but with a slight twist in that is designed to be truely comprehensive ranging from pianists wishing to try the organ for the first time to diploma level participants and for those of all ages. We currently have participants booked with ages ranging from 13 to 70+. Included amongst the many organs being used are the organs of Newcastle City Hall which is a 1929 Arthur Harrison masterpiece of 66 stops and outstanding opulence, the 29 stop Arthur Harrison (1909) of St John the Baptist, Grainger Street and Nicholson's 29 stop organ installed in Gosforth Parish Church in 2000. The tutors are Tom Bell (Oundle for Organists and St Giles Organ School), James Parsons and Michael Haynes (Director of Music at Hexham Abbey). The lunchtime recital will be given by James Lancelot and will include Gigout's Grand Choeur Dialogue. There are many reasons to support this event but unique to this event is the chance to hear and play a concert organ of outstandingly quality that has suffered much neglect in recent years. The Harrison & Harrison concert organ in Newcastle City Hall is a singularly important instrument. Nationally it is the most iconic concert organ of the 1920s – in many ways the last of its line and arguably the finest. The NDSO have been in dialogue with the City Council for a number of years now and a report has been commissioned from Paul Hale which has shaped much of this discussion as to the way forward. As well as playing a vital role in recruiting and training organists young and old in the North East, we are hoping that this weekend will mark a watershed in the instrument's history- please try to be a part of it. Charles Mor information from: http://email@example.com/ or http://www.oundlefestival.org.uk/organ/index.php Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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