John Sayer Posted December 6, 2005 Share Posted December 6, 2005 A new - and, lets hope, stimulating - topic. Maybe a few questions will prompt lively debate. Where is British organ design heading in the first decade of the 21st century? Where are the bold new ideas and sense of adventure? Are not too many recent organs far too 'safe' and unenterprising in their design and tonal concept? Where are the organs today which break new ground in the way the GDB instrument at New College did 35 years ago? Or the Walker at Exeter College in the 90s? Take any new instrument with an average quota of around 20-25 stops and one could almost write out the specification in advance, so predictable is it likely to be. Why is it left to overseas builders like Aubertin in the unorthodox and quite splendid instrument at Kings College, Aberdeen to attempt something really musically exciting? Or Frobenius at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh - 20 stops disposed in a novel manner that any English builder is unlikely to copy. Or St-Martin at Girton College - a remarkably imaginative and versatile small 4-manual organ? Who's to blame? Is it the builders? Or the small coterie of so-called consultants and organ advisers? Or is it the people who commission new instruments? Or the people who hold the purse strings? Any thoughts? JS JS Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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