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I've just had the pleasure of watching 'The Organs of York Minster 1236 - 2021' book launch from York Minster (was unable to attend in person).
It's still here: 

for another seven days, if anyone's interested.

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12 hours ago, John Robinson said:

I've just had the pleasure of watching 'The Organs of York Minster 1236 - 2021' book launch from York Minster (was unable to attend in person).

John, from deepest Southern England I fully share your admiration for the Minster organ which I first heard played by Francis Jackson almost 70 years ago!  That memory has remained ever since.  I was able to be at York for the final Evensong and recital with the organ encased in scaffolding before being taken down for the rebuild.

As well as sounding magnificent, the restored case and pipe decoration are also to be treasured - indeed, showing a photograph of it to a friend in USA his response was “what a magnificent case”.  I remember at the wedding of the Duke of Kent and Miss Katharine Worsley (when FJ played them out to Widor V Toccata - did that create the fashion?) the ITV television camera took in a general view of the west-facing case, and the commentator gratuitously remarked that it was “not very attractive” - how wrong he was, but sadly quite typical of ignorant comment about organs.  On my recent retirement, I was presented with two pipes.  On proudly showing the larger one, 4’ and gilt, to someone they asked “what is it?”!

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10 minutes ago, Rowland Wateridge said:

John, from deepest Southern England I fully share your admiration for the Minster organ which I first heard played by Francis Jackson almost 70 years ago!  That memory has remained ever since.  I was able to be at York for the final Evensong and recital with the organ encased in scaffolding before being taken down for the rebuild.

As well as sounding magnificent, the restored case and pipe decoration are also to be treasured - indeed, showing a photograph of it to a friend in USA his response was “what a magnificent case”.  I remember at the wedding of the Duke of Kent and Miss Katharine Worsley (when FJ played them out to Widor V Toccata - did that create the fashion?) the ITV television camera took in a general view of the west-facing case, and the commentator gratuitously remarked that it was “not very attractive” - how wrong he was, but sadly quite typical of ignorant comment about organs.  On my recent retirement, I was presented with two pipes.  On proudly showing the larger one, 4’ and gilt, to someone they asked “what is it?”!

Sadly, I'm afraid that demonstrates the general lack of interest in organs in this country.  Do the same in Holland or Germany and just about everyone would know what it is.

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I'm pleased I stumbled on this thread. Great to see they have a book out (just ordered it). When I was a kid, I purchased a book / pamphlet on St Paul's Cathedral Organ back in the 80's. It's had updates in 1994 and 2008 by Mander Organs. They don't seem to do a book now.

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1 minute ago, Nathan said:

I'm pleased I stumbled on this thread. Great to see they have a book out (just ordered it). When I was a kid, I purchased a book / pamphlet on St Paul's Cathedral Organ back in the 80's. It's had updates in 1994 and 2008 by Mander Organs. They don't seem to do a book now.

I have just received mine in the post and I can tell you that it's an excellent work, far better even than what I was hoping for.  Not only the history including specifications and pictures, but also the information about the recent rebuild which is comprehensive and includes diagrams of the internal layout, for which I am particularly grateful.
I can firmly recommend it to you.

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5 hours ago, John Robinson said:

I have just received mine in the post and I can tell you that it's an excellent work, far better even than what I was hoping for.  Not only the history including specifications and pictures, but also the information about the recent rebuild which is comprehensive and includes diagrams of the internal layout, for which I am particularly grateful.
I can firmly recommend it to you.

Is there any other way to order the book than from the York Minster’s shop (which, at this time, doesn’t ship to the EU)? I’d be very much interested in purchasing a copy.

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7 minutes ago, SlowOrg said:

Is there any other way to order the book than from the York Minster’s shop (which, at this time, doesn’t ship to the EU)? I’d be very much interested in purchasing a copy.

I'm afraid I don't know.  I have looked on Amazon (who, of course, do ship to the EU) but there's no sign of it being available there.
Perhaps someone else can help.

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