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Organs wanted / Re: looking for big organ
« on: June 03, 2018, 09:16:05 PM »

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Fundraising for an Organ / Christ Church, Welshpool
« 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: http://www.christchurchwelshpool.co.uk/journal/

NPOR entry for Christ Church: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D00050

NPOR entry for St Mary and St Tysilio, Meifod: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02563 (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.)

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Organs in danger / Church of All Saints, Llanelli
« on: 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,

GB

http://www.ibo.co.uk/resources/pre-owned/detail.php?refNo=551
http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=G01663

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Restoring pipe organs / Re: Norman & Beard Question
« on: 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?

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Is nothing going on in Organdom?
« on: July 15, 2017, 09:20:33 AM »
I'm also eagerly awaiting the completion of the organ at Canterbury Cathedral, though I gather work would only just have started recently.

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Is nothing going on in Organdom?
« on: July 15, 2017, 09:16:40 AM »
This is a rather significant piece of news from the organ world - the completion of the largest organ built in Britain since 1954!

http://www.nicholsonorgans.co.uk/portfolio/holy-trinity-cathedral-auckland/

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Is this forum dead? Is the organ dead?
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:24:58 PM »
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.

http://www.organstops.org/o/Oboe.html
http://www.organstops.org/o/OrchOboe.html

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The latest update on our fundraising is here!

https://www.gofundme.com/stmarysbuilth

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Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Bevington organ for sale
« on: April 14, 2016, 07:47:28 PM »
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.

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Fundraising has started!

https://www.gofundme.com/stmarysbuilth

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Believers' Corner / Re: Psalm 46
« on: 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.

http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/speeches/2006/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20060912_university-regensburg.html

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Organ registration / Re: The British Choir/Positive Organ
« on: 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.

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=A00723

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Christmas Greetings
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:50:47 PM »
Nadolig Llawen i chwi oll! :)

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Fundraising for an Organ / Re: Church of St Mary the Virgin, Builth Wells
« on: November 20, 2015, 04:20:57 PM »
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.

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Fundraising for an Organ / Church of St Mary the Virgin, Builth Wells
« on: November 19, 2015, 08:04:57 PM »
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: http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N11663
The parish: http://www.builthgroup.org.uk/

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Sad news. John Scott dies.
« on: August 13, 2015, 04:55:18 PM »
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.

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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.

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Worst Organ played
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:43:26 PM »
This organ (http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02032) seems to have been "restored" on the cheap.  It has a poor quality console from the last few decades, with drawstops too thin for the holes in the stop jambs.  The key and pedal actions are loose and heavy at the same time.  You can't depress the swell pedal fully without banging your knees on the console, and the music desk is only a couple of inches above the Swell manual and hides the back half of the keys from the player's view.  The Great Open Diapason basses in the front are collapsing.  To top it all off, the "plinth" on which the console rests stops immediately behind the pedalboard, which means that the stool is teetering on the edge, supported by the back of the choir stalls.  Playing it is not an enjoyable experience at all.

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Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Worst Organ played
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:57:18 PM »
This organ (http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=H00084) in its current state.

It's really not working well now!  Several stops are silent, with tape over the corresponding stopheads.  The console has to be from the last restoration: it doesn't give one much faith to see the screws holding the console together looking quite so prominent...

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