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In my browser none of the links to other pages are working . . . :-(

EOCS has now been added to the front page of this forum

Best wishes

David P
just to confirm that the website has been updated recently. the Joining page may have moved ? but should be accessible from the main page.
regards Peter B
I'm wondering how many people have enthusiasm having built their own organs fir home?

Sometimes I hear of people talking about having a spare rank of pipes or a soundboard or two. . . And wonder the extent of home enthusiasms for pipe organs? And how many have built or are building a software virtual organ?

Best wishes

David P
:-) I'm not sure about being bright enough to understand the IOSCS joke but the society has a broad spectrum of members interested in all aspects of organs, pipe, electronic analogue, digital and software, as well as pipe control systems.

It's a worthwhile gathering of people and minds, many of whom are increasingly white haired and who need to pass on knowledge to younger members.

Best wishes

David P
Organs in danger / Saving the Walcker in Birmingham's Central Methodist Hall
« Last post by Contrabombarde on October 05, 2017, 11:15:34 AM »
Birmingham's Central Methodist Hall is home to a large three manual Walcker which was originally built for a church in Germany, and was brought to eh UK in 1903. I played it about 30 years ago and thought it was a very grand, if somewhat tired, creature. Sadly the hall has been disused for many years, having ceased to be a nightclub venue some time after its ecclesiastical function stopped. Today's local paper says that it is to be converted into a new hotel and leisure centre. What particularly struck me in the report was a claim that as part of the refurbishment the organ is to restored. Can anyone shed light on this potentially very welcome news?

Organ History / Re: Brindley & Foster book
« Last post by David Wyld on October 03, 2017, 03:21:21 PM »

Members might remember the above posting some time ago and wondered why nothing more has been heard - I have now received the following from Robert Matthew-Walker, which tells all!


Dear David:

Long time no contact!  You may remember our connections about three years ago concerning the publication of a book on the Brindley company organs by Bryan Hughes.

Through your excellent suggestion and your assistance through the Mander Forum we announced a Subscribers' Page and we obtained a goodly number of subscribers - but......!

I don't know if you are aware that in March 2015 we were the subject of a horrendous cyber attack on our computers and computerised records which obliterated all information stored on them: the corrected text of the book, all illustrations and original photographs - and the names and addresses of about 40 of the earlier subscribers at the time were lost.  All attempts at restoration of these files were not wholly successful, but it has proved possible to restore the original text and, by some additional miracles, the illustrations - but not the subscribers!

Through renewed appeals, we believe we have identified as many as humanly possible, given the circumstances, but as many of the original names and details of the first subscribers came through your kind offer to help publicise the book on the Mander Forum before the cyber attack, I am wondering if you would be so kind as to make a renewed appeal on our behalf, in order that those organ-lovers who readily responded to the original appeal and whose details are now lost in cyberspace might be able to let us have their details.

After very many trials and tribulations, the book is now in the final stages of preparation before printing: it will amount to around 370 pages, with very many illustrations published for the first time. It will be softback, of a size between A5 and A4.  The published price is 40, but for pre-publication subscribers it will be 25 including postage - a considerable bargain, as I hope you will agree.

Thanks for your kind co=operation.
Fundraising for an Organ / Christ Church, Welshpool
« Last post by Gwas_Bach on September 29, 2017, 05:13:27 PM »
Good afternoon everyone!

I wanted to point forum members to a very worthy project in Welshpool, in Mid-Wales.  Christ Church in Welshpool was designed by Thomas Penson as a second parish church in the 19th century, in a Romanesque style.  Sadly, the church became redundant, but is now being lovingly restored.  Karl and Natalie Bass have completed their own residence at the back of the nave and under the tower, and are now starting to restore the nave, the organ, and other fittings.  The Gray/Holdich organ was built for St Mary's, Welshpool, in 1813,  and was moved to Christ Church in 1884.  They have started raising money for a full restoration with an organ recital by James Parsons last Sunday, and have already raised 700!  I am sure they would appreciate any contributions.  Natalie has also told me that members of the forum are welcome to book a visit to play the organ.  It is one of two organs by Gray in Montgomeryshire with BIOS certificates; the other is at the Church of St Mary and St Tysilio in nearby Meifod.

Information on the recital at Christ Church:

NPOR entry for Christ Church:

NPOR entry for St Mary and St Tysilio, Meifod: (Note that a replacement for the original Great Mixture with contemporary pipework has been put in by Peter Collins in recent years, according to the organist, Dr Malcolm Clarke.)
Organ concerts / Truro Cathedral
« Last post by David Wyld on September 28, 2017, 10:46:03 PM »
Clive Ellison is the southwestern regional tuner for Henry Willis & Sons and tomorrow, Friday 29th September, will give a Recital on the wonderful Organ of Truro Cathedral.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend due to other commitments much further north but if any members of this list will be in Truro I can recommend Clive's ability as a superb player.  The firm is incredibly proud to employ Clive Ellison as our representative in Cornwall & Devon.

If I can work out how to do it I shall post a picture of the performer taken at the console of 'The Little Giant ' this evening by his assistant, who is turning pages.

David Wyld
Organs wanted / organ parts for sale
« Last post by ophicleide on September 25, 2017, 07:15:01 PM »
an ambitious expansion programme for an organ in our church, which sadly closed, means that I have some organ parts/pipes looking for a new home. The organ has been dismantled and taken to Poland for restoration and installation there. There is a blower, 4 reservoirs, a tremulant and a selection of pipes including some Willis/R&D pipework and a Hill tuba, recently restored by Shires. If anyone is interested please PM me and I can give more information. I'll be looking for reasonable donation towards our organ fund. I've decided to advertise it here before posting it on EBay.
Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Sibelius users!
« Last post by JBR on September 21, 2017, 10:14:03 PM »
Can you overwrite letters on Sibelius, or perhaps move letters about to position them anywhere?
If that is the case you could, for example, place an 'O' somewhere and then superimpose a '/' on top of it.  Similarly, an 'A' with a (reduced size) 'o' placed above it.
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