Guest Geoff McMahon Posted January 2, 2013 Share Posted January 2, 2013 Many years ago, my father produced a number of small direct electric, unit extension organs which he called Hoxne Organs. Not the sort of thing one would do today. Most of them were two manual instruments with no pedals and some had two small piano pedals which swapped the selected stops for a predetermined combination, one pedal for each manual. One of these instruments was used for Benjamin Britten's Church Parables and it would appear that the organ score was written with these instruments in mind. Or perhaps, the inclusion of the pedals was for the music as written. In addition, these instruments formed part of the stage set. In any event, I am told that the score is such that it is not really possible to play the organ part with a normal chamber organ. With the Britten centenary on the horizon, there is going to be something of a revival of his music and we have had a couple of enquiries for these organs and I wondered if anybody knew the whereabouts of any of these instruments, if indeed, any still exist. There are a couple of musicians out there who would be very pleased if we were able to locate one. John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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