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Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Conacher - North Wales
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:25:29 AM »
This beauty has just been listed on the Bay:

Price is somewhat optimistic, but worth saving.

Organs in danger / Re: Slow death
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:06:28 PM »
Sadly, I can't make the conference.  However, you may have seen the link I posted a few days ago to the campaign to save the organ in St Paul's, St Albans.  As a result of this campaign, a few of us are looking at the feasibility of forming a group aimed at the preservation of organs in churches - campaigning for their retention and use - and also the he-homing of organs which are 'redundant'.  It would be a charitable trust and would hope to work with BIOS and other interested parties.  Watch this space.

Also worth following the campaign to fight the decision of the HTB evangelicals to ban classical musicians from the Musician's Church, St Sep's in London.  Close links between the campaigns and also worth noting the current resurgence in Choral Evensong.

Many green shoots amongst the devastation wrought by the happy clappy brigade.

Organs in danger / St Paul's Church, St Albans
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:38:12 PM »
Jonathan Humbert has alerted people to the fact that the PCC of this church - which has been taken over by the evangelical wing of the CofE is applying for a Faculty to remove this organ.  It is a 2-manual and pedal organ, originally by Speechly, but said to incorporate work by G.P. England and also stops said to have been played by Attwood.  There is a facebook group campaigning for it's retention.  Please read and consider writing a letter of objection to the faculty application BEFORE 5th September.

A friend of mine, a concert organist from Latvia, used to play French Romantic repertoire on one-manual and pedal organs in a few Somerset village churches.  Lots of quick registration changed, and sometimes a bit of judicious re-arrangement, and it worked.  I heard her play the Franck Chorale No 3, Widor Toccata and Vierne Carillon de Westminster along with major Bach works in Luccombe church on Exmoor and in Sampford Brett on the Quantocks.  Some of the audience were amazed when they saw what little resources she was using to so great effect.

Much of C.H. Trevor's books - published by Oxford.  The Old English Organ Music for Manuals can mostly be managed on a one-manual.  Bach's Eight Short P&Fs also a good start.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / BRISTOL - 2-manual & pedal
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:17:53 PM »

On ebay.  Bidding around 200 at the moment.  Hope she can be saved.


Currently has 4 bids and going for just over 100.  A nice instrument for a small church.

Sounds nice.  I hope you can find a good home for it.

I depped in a little village church where they haven't had a regular organist for 2 years.  Not unusual, as they can't afford to pay anyone.

I depped in a little village church where they haven't had a regular organist for 2 years.  Not unusual, as they can't afford to pay anyone.

O that I could - it would go well in a church I dep in but they have no money - I play for free.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Peter Collins Chamber organ on Ebay
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:13:31 PM »
Looks a lovely instrument.  Good luck with the sale.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Another nice organ on Ebay
« on: October 07, 2016, 11:50:11 AM »
This looks nice - Nicholson.

No mention of whether they have Faculty permission to remove it.

Very sad.  Future generations will curse the happy-clappies who have destroyed their heritage.  Small wonder that the Cof E is dying.

Naughty.  I would be tempted to write to the Chancellor of the Diocese.  There seem to be many C of E clergy who are either ignorant of the rules or pretend to be.  The DAC tend to take a rather dim view - there was a huge case recently in the Gloucester Diocese which went to a Consistory Court over the sale of a picture bequeathed to the parish many years ago which a woman priest took a dislike to and tried to flog.  I read the Judgement online  - very interesting!  She and the wardens were heavily criticised and narrowly escaped legal proceedings.  Sorry you seem to have lost a rather wonderful instrument.

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / House Organ for sale on Ebay
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:45:31 PM »
I've just heard about this organ which may well be of interest to someone wanting a real pipe organ for home practice:


Organ Builders / Re: Grant, Degens & Rippin (Bradbeer)
« on: March 29, 2015, 01:21:05 PM »
Many thanks for this new information - especially good to hear from Trevor.  I would dearly like to find an original Davies builder's plate to fix to the console!  Interestingly, my organ did have an additional electronic pedal stop, but it was removed by Geoffrey Coffin when the organ was sold to John Scott Whiteley in the 1990s.

Trevor, you are welcome to see the organ when I finish rebuilding it.  I'm in West Somerset.


Organs in danger / Re: York
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:23:25 AM »
I find this forum very useful - there are a number of very knowledgeable people here.  Might it be an idea to promote it on Facebook/Twitter?

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