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Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Conacher on ebay
September 03, 2019, 04:09:04 PM
It's the old Union Free Church in Wellington.

I've played the Menai Bridge organ, and it is also worthy of preservation.

Edit: DYAC
Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Happy Christmas
December 25, 2018, 03:02:03 PM
Nadolig Llawen! :)
Organs wanted / Re: looking for big organ
June 03, 2018, 09:16:05 PM
Fundraising for an Organ / Christ Church, Welshpool
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.)
Organs in danger / Church of All Saints, Llanelli
September 01, 2017, 01:34:23 PM
Hi all,

I spotted this organ on the IBO website.  It looks very fine!  I hope a new home can be found for it!

Best wishes,

Restoring pipe organs / Re: Norman & Beard Question
July 27, 2017, 02:09:46 PM
That sounds rather unusual to say the least.

Didn't some Norman and Beard organs include mixtures with similar compositions to the "Harmonics" mixtures of Harrison organs?
I'm also eagerly awaiting the completion of the organ at Canterbury Cathedral, though I gather work would only just have started recently.
This is a rather significant piece of news from the organ world - the completion of the largest organ built in Britain since 1954!
I really hope interest in the instrument is not yet dead.  As for this forum, I could not possibly say.

My interest in the pipe organ only really started on going to university.  As a relatively able pianist in my youth, I was dragged onto a couple of rather uninspiring local instruments in my native Mid Wales to play for weddings and funerals.  When I finally heard the instruments at Cambridge (as a Music student at St John's), I was hooked.  Since then, I have become something of an organ nerd, reading stop lists for fun.  My current work, as an apparatchik in the state education system, has hindered opportunities to explore my interest much further than reading all I can about organs.

I would love to contribute more in some ways, yet my knowledge and experience are limited, and I would much prefer to hear from experts in the field.  Perhaps you (David P) could appeal to such experts that you know to open our ears to the less well-known instruments that deserve the attention of passionate amateurs.  There are a number of interesting instruments even in my fairly remote neck of the woods.

In reply to your question, JBR, I can only offer these links.  It does irritate me that the author of the first article cannot tell the difference between "then" and "than"; however, I hope that these are useful.
The latest update on our fundraising is here!
A stop-list would be of great help.  I did check NPOR, and the church is listed, but there's no survey for the organ.
Believers' Corner / Re: Psalm 46
January 01, 2016, 08:49:31 PM
Pope Benedict XVI's address to Regensburg University was remembered by many only for referring to Islam, but it is really about the relationship between faith and reason.  It is largely a refutation of voluntarism, but in so doing it also provides a compelling argument against literal Biblical interpretation.
Organ registration / Re: The British Choir/Positive Organ
December 27, 2015, 01:26:53 PM
On this theme, but on a very slight tangent...

The specification of the organ in St Giles' Church, Camberwell, reminds us how much more important the Choir division was in British organs, though even here the Swell is gaining importance.
Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Christmas Greetings
December 24, 2015, 09:50:47 PM
Nadolig Llawen i chwi oll! :)
The intention is to put the Choir organ in.  Some pipework may be transferred from the Great and Swell to the Choir.  The instrument's virtues are quite obvious, but we do intend to make some slight changes to the stoplist.
Plans are afoot to restore the 1914 Conacher organ at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, in Builth Wells, Powys.  Watch this space!

The organ:
The parish:
I had heard some of the Choral Scholars at St John's in Cambridge, where I studied, speak of John Scott in glowing terms - a few were choristers at St Paul's under his direction.  I heard him play at Hereford Cathedral just a couple of weeks ago, and his playing was, of course, stunning.  I was also impressed by his friendliness with all, including myself, who were lined up to meet him after his recital.
Back in May, I was very fortunate to have about a minute's playing time on the organ of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.  David Poulter had given a recital, and an organ club (from somewhere considerably further south, IIRC) had been allowed to try the instrument using the Nave console.  I asked Prof. Tracey whether I could jump onto the end of the line, and he answered in the affirmative.  I played the start of Bach's Prelude in E flat BWV 552, and was enthralled by the sound of the instrument reverberating around the building.