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Organ concerts / Truro Cathedral
« 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

Restoring pipe organs / Norman & Beard Question
« on: July 25, 2017, 03:24:56 PM »
I wonder if any member of the forum is able to provide details of any organ built by the Norman & Beard firm, during any period of its existence,  in which an independent Tierce (17th) appears on the Great,  or which was supposed to have had one listed in the original specification but subsequently not included?

I ask as I have just seen advertising material announcing that the grand old 1909 N&B Ashton Hall organ of Lancaster Town Hall has had a 17th added to the Great (apparently on a direct-electric chest high above the other Great pipework and rather haughtily referred to as "a mounted 17th"!) and which was supposed to have been originally intended but subsequently omitted.


Organs Preserved / Hooglandse Kerk Leiden - Willis organ
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:10:32 AM »
Members may be interested to know that last week saw the erection of he new casework for the relocated and Restored Father Willis organ in the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden, Holland.

Details can be seen on the Willis website at  there is also a Twitter feed accessible from the front page of the website which provides up-to-date comment and I do know (though haven't seen it myself as I don't 'do' Facebook!) that the SCOL has a Facebook page.

The arrival of the case also provides the means of including the original Pedale Violone 16 and the new Great Double Open Diapason 16 ranks into the specification- the connection of the entirely new, all pneumatic actions to these will take place immediately after Easter.

David Wyld

Organ History / Brindley & Foster book
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:58:40 PM »
The Editor of 'The Organ' and 'Musical Opinion' has drawn to my attention a forthcoming book on the history of the Brindley firm, from 1854 - 1939 by Bryan Hughes (author of 'The Schulze Dynasty): the manuscript is edited and awaiting publication for which advance subscriptions are being sought to assist with the considerable costs of publication.

The finished book will amount to some 200 pages, containing over 150 photographs and will be available to subscribers at the cost of 25 per copy.

 Those interested should contact:

Robert Matthew-Walker,
1, Exford Road,
London SE12  9HD

Tel:  0208 857 1582       email:

I have subscribed to four copies and hope that others might also see this as an interesting addition to their libraries!

David Wyld


Organ building and maintenance / Key holder/trainee tuner
« on: July 05, 2012, 07:53:49 PM »
Does anyone know of a likely lad (or lass) in the southeast London area that is currently out of employment or at least looking for part-time employment, that would like to try going around with a full-time tuner holding keys in the first instance and hopefully, dependent on facility and interest, beginning the training as a tuner?

We would also welcome interest from any older people who might have time on their hands and wishing to occupy some of that time in the same way.

David Wyld
Henry Willis & Sons.

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