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Hi

BBC Radio 3 "Late Junction"  Noticed this the other day, and currently listening on iPlayer.  Not sure how much it will say about different temperaments, but should be worth a listen.  Programme info reads:- "Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Lou Harrison, Verity plays a mix of music that uses unequal temperaments, or alternative tuning systems."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08q2rxv

The segment starts after the opening track.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Hi

After several years of problems with faults, York Baptist Church are wanting to replace their existing Wyvern digital organ - and it's available either for repair, or for conversion to Hauptwerk (or other) computer simulator.  Some pictures at https://goo.gl/photos/zp1i42GAHZk514S16  Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the relevant person at the church.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Sampling pipe organs and analogue electronics / 2m Wyvern available
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:39:42 AM »
Hi

After several years of problems with faults, York Baptist Church are wanting to replace their existing Wyvern digital organ - and it's available either for repair, or for conversion to Hauptwerk (or other) computer simulator.  Some pictures at https://goo.gl/photos/zp1i42GAHZk514S16  Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the relevant person at the church.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / Wyvern 2m organ available
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:39:10 AM »
Hi

After several years of problems with faults, York Baptist Church are wanting to replace their existing Wyvern digital organ - and it's available either for repair, or for conversion to Hauptwerk (or other) computer simulator.  Some pictures at https://goo.gl/photos/zp1i42GAHZk514S16  Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with the relevant person at the church.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / An interesting afternoon
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:41:14 AM »
Hi

On Saturday afternoon I was able to get to a local "roadshow" arranged by Church Orgaan World (Johannus, Makin & Copeman-Hart, plus UK importer of Rogers organs).  It was very interesting to see and play a small range of instruments that they now sell - plus there was a large selection of CD's, DVD,s and sheet music to browse and buy - should have leeft my wallet at home!!!).

The venue was a church in Kenilworth that has recently been reordered nd Makin have installed a 3 manual organ with speakers (switable) at both West & East ends.  There was also a smaller Makin organ, plus an example of their custom built continuo organs, and the latest project  - the iLive, that has stop knobs that change wording when different sample sets are loaded!  In addition, there was a Johannus instrument designged for home practice, and a 3m Rogers.

It would be unfair for me to make anything othert than generalised comments on the instruments on the basis of a few minutes listening & playing in less than quiet circumstances!  Suffice to say I was quite impressed by the tonality of the budget Johannus - but then, it's been a couple of decades since I've played one of that brand.  Mixed feelings about the Makins (I didn't ry the iLive, but heard it a few times), and the Rogers is typically American - and fine for what it is.  All in all, an interesting expidition, and recommended if one comes to your area.

I should perhaps add that I'm more than happy with my current home organ, so I wasn't in organ purchase mode!

Every Blessing

Tony

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Local Organist Associations / Coventry Comptoms
« on: February 23, 2017, 08:35:49 AM »
Last Saturday, I was with the Coventry & Warwickshire Organists' association and we visited two small Compton organs in Coventry.  I was able to do some rather rough & ready videos of them (excuse the playing - I've not had much opportunity to practice recently!)

First up was Bablake School - recently rebuilt by Trevor Tipple with the addition of an unenclosed Trumpet and some changes to the Great upperwork. https://youtu.be/N8NnmmGSJvM?list=PLT4JufLurcFudrNY9yBNkKF2b92XIMX-w

Second organ was just down the road at St George, Coventry.  An untouched 4 rank job - the reed unit is quite a beast!  Stop list for both are on NPOR. https://youtu.be/y0dvrGtjxa4?list=PLT4JufLurcFsvI77TubfXQIe_HqFonjlq

The differences in sound between the 2 organs which are originally of similar vintage is interesting.  The reed unit at St George's would probably be at home in a small cathedral!

Every Blessing

Tony

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Reed organs and harmoniums / Reed Organ Weekend
« on: March 10, 2016, 09:40:52 AM »
Harmonium UK 2016
September 10th & 11th provide an opportunity for musicians & enthusiasts to explore the wonderful world of the Harmonium.  The event, under the auspices of the Reed Organ Society will include concerts, demonstrations, and exhibition of historic material and artefacts, talks, and more. 
The venue for the events is Hammerwood Park, a stately home in the idyllic Sussex countryside near East Grinstead in East Sussex.  Hammerwood Park was built in 1792 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764 - 1820), architect of the White House and US Capitol Building in Washington D.C., and many others.  Hammerwood is close to Gatwick Airport and the Channel Ports and Channel Tunnel (and there is a heliport close by!).  Closest railway station is East Grinstead.  There are many hotels and B&B options within easy reach.
The event runs from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon.  Day visitors are welcome.  Advance booking is essential for the conference, but, space allowing, the concerts on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon will be open to the public.
Further information from:- 
revtonynewnham@gmail.com (please give an e-mail address if possible).
Rev Tony Newnham
(Reed Organ Society UK Representative)
32 Juliet Drive
RUGBY
CV22 6LY

Web sites:
Reed Organ Society  http://www.reedsoc.org/
Hammerwood Park   http://hammerwoodpark.co.uk/


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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Christmas Greetings
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:30:32 AM »
Wishing all forum members a very happy & Blessed Christmas.


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Organ Builders / Peter Collins RIP
« on: October 28, 2015, 10:29:22 AM »
The following letter from the family of Peter Collins is posted on behalf of Barry Williams.  Sad news indeed.

With great sadness the Team at Peter Collins Limited, regret to announce the passing of Peter Collins on the 24th October.

The Company would like to thank all of its Clients, Staff and Suppliers for their much appreciated support during this difficult time.

We are pleased to confirm that the Company continues to operate as normal.

The family are planning to organise a Memorial Concert for Peter and wish to raise money for the LOROS Hospice and Cancer Research. We will circulate more details, once a date and location are confirmed.

The Collins Family

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Hi

I've uploaded some tracks from my recent recital on the WIllis of St Michael the Archangel, Retford.

Hope you'll enjoy them.

https://youtu.be/ZQSF9IdGTm8?list=PLT4JufLurcFsyNCg3yLx1PtUvGsYrFP74

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ concerts / St Michael, Retford
« on: October 06, 2015, 09:53:25 AM »
Hi

On Thursday (8th October) I'm playing a lunchtime recital on the Willis organ at St Michael, Retford.  Start time is 12:30 (and I assume, as last yer, a light buffet lunch will be available prior to the recital.

Programme is:-
Rondeau (from Abdelazer)  (Henry Purcell arr. Christopher Morris)
Prière à Notre-Dame (from Gothic Suite) Leon Boëlmann
Andante Semplice  (Eric Tomlinson)
Short Prelude & Fugue in D minor BWV 554 (J.S. Bach (attrib)
Lied ohne Worte (Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy  Transcribed by Maurizio Machella)
Variations on “Happy Land”  (George Shearing)
Introductory Voluntary & Fugues (James Nares 1715-1783)
Faith (Duncan Macleod)

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organs in danger / Working reed organ will be destoryed
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:06:31 AM »
Hi

A while ago I mentioned a Mason & Hamlin reed organ, in full working order and regularly used, that is being replaced with a pipe organ.  (The church have been given the pipe organ!).

The M&H will be removed an broken up in a couple of weeks unless a new home is found.  It's all working and in pretty good condition - currently fitted with an electric blower.  Located in rural Warwickshire.

If you can rehouse this instrument (which is of good quality), then please contact me urgently.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Sad news. John Scott dies.
« on: August 13, 2015, 09:55:30 AM »
I have just seen this on another forum. What an immense loss this is to the world of organ and church music. My thoughts are with his family.

http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/about/news/342/john-scott-1956-2015?preview_key=83778

Every Blessing

Tony

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Hi

Looks like a raather different type of organ scolarship - the following appeared on another board this morning. I have no connection whatsoever with the project! 

Every Blessing

Tony
From Mander Organs discussion board:-

Now it its third year, the Southbank Centre is offering an Organ Scholarship. The scholarship is designed as a professional development and leadership training scheme.
 
From September to July 2016 this unique training placement will support our International Organ Series concert programme, development work and organ participatory activity.
 
We are looking for a confident scholar to be an ambassador for the organ and to work closely with the Learning and Participation team to help engage new audiences including schools and the general public with this extraordinary instrument. This is a unique and extremely exciting opportunity for a music student or graduate, with specialist organ training, to gain experience from our Organ Curator William McVicker, to support and collaboration with our music programming team and to be a part of a lively cross-arts organisation.
 
The Organ Scholar role will will run on a bursary system, with an expectation that you will work 20 hours per month. You will be involved in a number of our annual festivals and you may be asked to participate in a number of performance opportunities and learning projects. Any additional project activity, over these 20 hours, will be paid at a fixed rate.
 
This is a supported traineeship role and opportunities to take part in additional training, role shadowing and work placements can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Closing Date: 17th August 2015
If you are interested or you would like more information, please visit our recruitment site here: https://recruit.sout...detail_115.aspx


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Electronic Organs / New practice organ on its way!
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:29:17 AM »
Hi

Yesterday I ordered (thanks to selling a car!) a digital organ for my "music room".  I've gone for a Viscount Envoy 35, after having been offered a remarkable deal by my good friends at Promenade Music.  All I need to do now is make space for it (and try & cram too many instruments into the space!).  More later once I've got the organ, which uses "Physical modelling" technology rather than samples, and sounded very impressive when I had a demo recently.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ Music and Repertoire / Manuals only music
« on: May 03, 2015, 09:35:12 AM »
Hi

I've just had confirmation thaat I'm playing for a wedding in a couple of weeks.  The organ is a single manual (no pedal) 1960's Mander rebuild of an earlier instrument.

Can anyone point me in the direction of downloads (preferably free) of "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" & the Mendelssohn "Wedding March"?  I think I've only got arrangements for larger organs.

Thanks in anticipation

Every Blessing

Tony

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EOCS - Electronic Organ Constructors Society / Raspberry Pi organ
« on: April 27, 2015, 03:51:07 PM »
Hi

Very interesting EOCS meeting on Saturday.  One topic of particular interest to impecunious organists who want a home practice instrument was the development of an organ simulator using Grande Orgue running, believe it or not, on a Raspberry Pi mini computer.

The EOCS is well worth the subscription (which is very modest) for anyone looking to build an organ - or a computer simulator.  There's a lot of expertise, and designs available to mebers for most of the necessary hardware.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organs in danger / Danish organ collection under threat
« on: April 05, 2015, 09:32:13 AM »
Hi

This came o my attention this morning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32070733

It rather raises the question of housing such collections long term.  Similar issues have arisen in Theatre organ circles - let alone churches getting rid of organs.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ History / 3 manual organs with 2 manual console
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:03:42 AM »
Hi

A recent post on Facebook turned out to be about an organ I once (late 1960's) knew well as one of the church's deputy organists.  The organ is 3 manual - but the console only has 2 keyboards, with Great & Choir sharing the lower manual.  I've come across this twice - in both cases, Great & Choir stops shared the lower manual of a 2 manual console. I gather that at Acton Baptist Church is came about because a previous organist was short-sighted and wanted the music desk kept close http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N17467 has the details. I was one of the deputy organists there for a short while in the late '60's. The other was St Luke, Bristol Road, Birmingham - http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02812 Onetime a regular practice organ when I worked at the nearby technical college. I don;t know the reasons for the shared manuals there.

Are there any other examples of this unusual arrangement?  I seem to remember reading that the late Percy Vickery used something similar on his theatre-style home-built electronic.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Last night's "Late Junction" on BBC Radio 3 included a collaboration session including pipe organ (Westminster Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and "found sounds" - I guess some of it like musique concrete.  Interesting in its way.  (But not for traditionalists!)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ljs is the link to the podcast.  The show itself is available via http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tp52 and included some solo tracks by Martin Baker from the Cathedral (recorded for the show) and other Christmas music of several varieites, including some jazz organ.

Every Blessing

Tony

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