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That  is bad news but happy , long healthy  retirement faithful and willing servant.

OR has been a font of information on several  levels for a long time.

Another nail in the coffin of live music it would appear, unless the ubiquitous " Some One " else is prepared to inherit the mantle.

 

 

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Organrecitals.com was owned and designed by Steve Smith, and its technical adviser was Stephen Walmsley, a member and regular contributor to this board.  For me, in my retirement years it supplied details of venues as far apart as Exeter and Edinburgh, and introduced me to the town hall organs of the Midlands and the North (Roffensis and John Robinson will be pleased to note) as well as many distant cathedrals around the country which I could not have possibly visited in my working years.  Nor would I have otherwise known about special events like the inauguration of the Kenneth Tickell organ at Manchester Cathedral - a place I had not been to for more than 60 years!

I’m not sure whether they are still available, but Steve Smith also wrote valuable and authoritative articles, notably about St Paul’s Cathedral organ; also Westminster and Southwark (Anglican) Cathedrals, correcting some popular misconceptions about both. 

Steve Smith also has a major role in the Atlantic City Convention Hall (Boardwalk) organ - a founder member and president of its preservation society, I believe, and has written a substantial book about it.

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It was a superb resource, and one I myself used regularly. 

It was largely so because of the thousands of hours Stephen spent clarifying, editing, and sanitising the submissions to a very high standard. His perfectionist streak would permit nothing less. This was a constant - and unpaid - drain on his time. The hosting fees were paid out of his personal pocket. 

I remember him telling me - at some time around 2002 - how later that evening he was going to have to manually edit about 18 separate pages to remove postings which were now in the past. "There is a better way...." I responded, and the now-familiar database-driven organrecitals.com was born, enabling a much greater return on Stephen's time, and the expansion to the remarkable level of comprehensiveness of its heyday.

I doubt we will ever see its like again. Not because of the tech, which, whilst effective, is straightforward and easily reproduced. But because there won't be a person or organisation willing and able to invest so much unpaid editorial time in maintaining such a comprehensive database to such a high standard.

It was good - great, even - while it lasted. Stephen's long service to the community should be saluted.

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9 hours ago, Rowland Wateridge said:

I’m not sure whether they are still available, but Steve Smith also wrote valuable and authoritative articles, notably about St Paul’s Cathedral organ; also Westminster and Southwark (Anglican) Cathedrals, correcting some popular misconceptions about both. 

Steve Smith also has a major role in the Atlantic City Convention Hall (Boardwalk) organ - a founder member and president of its preservation society, I believe, and has written a substantial book about it.

Thank you, and I agree!
Do you have any idea where any of those publications may be found?

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In reply to swalmsley, a very good summary of  Steves dedication and contribution to the promotion of " live" organ music,  and a whole lot more.

The loss of this site will further prove the point that one only really appreciates something to its full extent -  when it`s gone.

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