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Inspirational instruments / Re: Goodall's Organs
« on: September 20, 2020, 07:19:46 AM »
Hi

I thought I'd recorded this series on VHS when it was first broadcast.  It was certainly worth watching.  I wonder if I can find the tapes?  I've not seen them for a long while!

Every Blessing

Tony

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Hi

In common with several other organists, I've been recording music for our "Sunday at Home" worship services.  They are all posted on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/user/revtonynewnham).  There's a scattering of organ solos in their as well.  Enjoy.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Re: Mander and the forum
« on: August 27, 2020, 09:39:08 AM »
Hi

Brownes organ builders in Kent have bought the Mander name & goodwill, etc. and, it seems, will be trading as Mander Organs from the beginning of October.  (Brownes' M.D. used to work for Manders, so there is some continuity).

I agree with David's comments re this forum - why re-invent the wheel?

Every Blessing

Tony

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Mediation service for organists.
« on: August 14, 2020, 09:52:41 AM »
Hi

My good friends Barry & June WIlliams have asked me to post the following announcement.

"There has been concern for some time about the number of disagreements arising over church music.  The Guild of Church Musicians has decided to offer a Mediation Service to churches for cases where there are disputes involving church music. The team of mediators includes a former Director of the Royal School of Church Music, a Bishop with particular experience of church music (previously Dean of a major Cathedral), and two lawyers.

No charges are made for this and the service is available to churches of all denominations, whether members of The Guild or not. However, the mediators would expect to be reimbursed any travelling or other essential expenses incurred.

Enquiries about mediation should, in the first instance, be addressed the Registrar of the Guild, June Williams.


Further details are available at: https://gcm.org.uk/"

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / Re: Musicom organ system
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:35:01 AM »
Hi

Have you spoken to Musicom?  Can they help - or perhaps an electronic organ repair person (a rare breed, but there are still some around)?

Every Blessing

Tony

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From our local DJ / Re: Classic FM gives centre stage to organ!
« on: June 19, 2020, 08:45:41 AM »
Let's hope the trend continues.  There's still not much on Radio 3 aside from perhaps 2-3 tracks in the middle of the night.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ building and maintenance / Dutch organ consoles
« on: June 03, 2020, 09:49:50 AM »
Hi

I've been watching live streamed concerts by a couple of Dutch organists.  I've noticed a number of organs have some of the stops positioned above the console - just wondering about the logic behind that.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ Music and Repertoire / Music for a church in lockdown
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:43:55 AM »
Hi

Wolston Baptist Church, where I play regularly, is closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.  I've been recording some music (chosen by our minister, or anyone else (including me a couple of times!) who has put the worship material together.  Due to the age & lack of computer knowledge the church leaders decided to circulate this in printed & e-mail form.  The e-mail recipients get links to my recordings to sing along to if they wish.  All the recordings are available on my You Tube channel.  https://www.youtube.com/user/revtonynewnham

Every Blessing

Tony

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From our local DJ / Radio 3 today (28/3/2020)
« on: March 28, 2020, 08:35:27 AM »
Hi

I see that Rachel Mahone (DoM elect of Coventry Cathedral) is on the Inside Music show on BBC Radio 3, 1:00 p.m. today.

I heard Rachel in concert a few weeks ago - should be an interesting programme.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ concerts / P.D. Collins organ on BBC Radio 3
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:40:42 AM »
Hi

I notice that the Collins organ formerly in the Turner Sims hall in SOuthampton is on BBC Radio 3 this evening from its new home in a Suffolk Church, played by Catherine Ennis.  BBC R3, 7:30 - 10:00

Good news, especially for those of us at risk from the current Coronavirus & having to self-isolate.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Hi

That looks interesting - and sounds good too (at least in Jonathon Scott's You Tube post).  First time I've come across 3 consoles controlling the same instrument.  Are there any others (there are a good number of dual console instruments).  There was an organ with no less than 5 consoles - see NPOR E01271. To be fair, the 4 subsiduary consoles were short compass and designed for specific purposes.  It also had a barrel mechanism.  Just one of the oddities of the pipe organ world!

Every Blessing

Tony

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Inspirational instruments / Re: Four manual instrument at Evreux
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:46:36 AM »
Hi David
This instrument certainly looks interesting.  Thanks for posting it.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / Re: The end of the road for the Hauptwerk monopoly
« on: January 31, 2020, 10:04:08 AM »
Hi David

If you get round to trying Grande Orgue I'd be interested in your comments.  I'm intending to try it when I have time - I'm still getting very tired after my recent health issues, and there's a lot of Sue's stuff still to sort out.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ History / Re: Youtube of the origins of the instrument
« on: December 01, 2019, 08:54:44 AM »
That's why I play Harmonium!  Arguably the most expressive keyboard instrument in the hands (& feet) of a player who knows how to use the "Expression" stop.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / Re: Makers of respected Pianoteq launch Organteq
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:53:07 AM »
Thanks for the link David.  I shall take a look later.  It's about time someone challenged Hauptwerk's domination of the paid-for organ simulation market.

The Physical modelling and real-time synthesis approach dates back to the researches of my good friends the late Dr Peter Comerford & Dr Lucy Comerford at Bradford University.  The system has been used at various times over the years by certain digital organ builders.  Copeman-Hart used a broadly similar real-time synthesis approach (not sure what they do now Makin have taken them over)  More recently, Viscount Organs have introduced a system using physical modelling.  I was very impressed by the demo I had at Promenade Music when they launched the range, and a few years later a small inheritance made it possible for me to purchase an example as my home practice instrument.  To my ears, it sounds better than any other recent digital organ - even after 4 or so years of ownership.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Organ History / Re: Youtube of the origins of the instrument
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:39:09 AM »
Hi

I came across the You Tube channel that David has linked to a while ago.  I'm fascinated by the Portatif organs of past eras.  My "wish list" would include one - maybe one day if I have some spare money (what's spare money?)  An interesting chapter in the development of the organ, and its adaptation for various roles in society.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / Re: New toy
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:23:50 AM »
Hi

They're not too expensive JBR.  If you're interested, talk to my friends at Promenade Music.

Every Blessing
Tony

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Electronic Organs / Re: New toy
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:24:44 AM »
Hi

It coped well on Sunday.  I even managed the Karg-Elart "Nun Danket Alle Gott" on it (church anniversary service).  I stuck to the English voicing set for hymns, but used the "Classical" setting for the Karg.  There's also Baroque & Romantic (the latter supposedly French influenced).  I need time to explore all the options, and sort out a bit of revoicing.  There's also a whole range of different temperaments available, and the keyboard & pedals can also be set to provide various formats of short octave (not seen that on an electronic before).  At some point I'll make some recordings & put them up on You Tube.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Electronic Organs / New toy
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:48:15 AM »
Hi

As some of you know, I've been looking for a new digital organ to use at church.  It's now arrived - and is new!  Thanks to my good friends at Promenade Music, who have recently taken on distributorship of the range, I have a Content 224 Compact in oak.  I like the styling - and it's portable (well, transportable) so I can use it elsewhere if I need to.  Reasonable 2mp stop list, plus MIDI if I want to add other sounds in the future.  David will be interested to know that it has a range of different temperaments on board, plus 4 organ styles.  Now all I need to is time to get used to it.  I'll be using on Sunday.  Pictures on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tony.newnham.16 or, of course, the Promenade Music or Content Organs web sites.

Yes, I would prefer a pipe organ, but cost, size, and the need to be able to use the organ with other instruments (and a building that sees a pretty wide temperature range, even with the heating on) make it a non-starter.

Every Blessing

Tony

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Hi

He has a fantastic technique  - but does the music communicate?  I'm far from convinced by his excessive tempos.  His playing comes across as "listen to how brilliant my playing is" rather than "listen to the music".  I've come across other players in the same vein - and it can and does alienate some people from the organ.

I gave up on the video quite early - I'd rather listen to the music than a voice-over in a foreign language.  Maybe I missed something more encouraging later in it?

Every Blessing

Tony

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