Pedals, pedals, pedals - resources for organists

If your New Year’s resolutions included improving your pedal technique, here’s a summary of the assorted pedal resources I’ve marshalled over the last couple of years. Some pedal etudes To start with, here’s something to make the process a little…

David Aprahamian Liddle and the Braille music system

Organist David Aprahamian Liddle recently got in touch about a film project he has been involved in.  He told me:   The American film director Michael House is working on a documentary film about Louis Braille and the Braille music…

David Bowie - organists' tributes

The death of David Bowie at the weekend saddened fans world-wide – people who had grown up with his music, and loved the man as musician and artist. A couple of organists took the opportunity to pay their own tribute…

New organ radio station - send in your CD and get broadcasted!

There’s a new organ radio station available on the web: Orgelradio.eu is a new initiative from in the Flemish part of Belgium and in the Netherlands, delivering 24/7 organ music, with a different theme every day, and their website is…

Taking the organ out for a drink

Can’t decide whether this is weird, or actually quite brilliant, but I certainly can’t fault Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whisky if they are going to commission the building of a proper pipe organ from one of the UK’s oldest organ…

Handy excuses for organists

  We all have those days when our performance wasn’t quite as good as it should have been, so here’s a convenient list of suitable organist excuses. Personally I would go for blinding them with science every time – our…

Widor - Master of the Organ Symphony

I totally blame Gerard Brooks and Fugue State Films for the fact that I nearly missed a writing deadline last week.  I’d been sent a copy of Fugue State’s most recent box set of CDs and DVDs, on Widor and…

Stocken's Prayer of St Richard of Chichester, live this Wednesday

Frederick Stocken’s setting of the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester will be broadcast live on BBC Radio3 this Wednesday, as the Introit to the service of Choral Evensong from Chichester Cathedral, at 3.30pm GMT. This piece was originally commissioned…

Betty's back! - restoring the St John's, Hyde Park organ

This coming Saturday, 21 November, I’m looking forward to hearing Betty’s opening recital – Betty being the venerable 1865 Hill organ at St John’s Hyde Park in London, which has just undergone a major restoration by Nicholson’s, in this her…

What do organists REALLY want?

Now’s your chance to tell the Royal College of Organists what you, as organist or choral director, want in terms of services and support in the years to come – and this is whether you are a member or not….

Berkhamsted Bachathon mit Bratwurst und Bier

Starting this Thursday 17 September 2015, St Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire launches a German cultural festival, which includes the complete organ works of Bach, played over four days.  Admission to the church is free – you can come and…

Meet Bruhns in Brum - RCO Organ Forum 2015

What do you know about Nicolaus Bruhns?  No, me neither, which is why I hope to meet you at the RCO Organ Forum in Birmingham on Saturday 19 September.  It’s a celebration of Bruhns’ music in the 350th anniversary of…

Edwin Lemare - playboy organist

Another of those organists who rose to fame and fortune in their lifetimes, but have since been virtually forgotten, Edwin Lemare will be remembered this weekend in his birthplace, Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight.  Frederick Hohman, Lemare specialist, will…

A big thank you to Christina Kenny for her recent post on the eclectic classical music site SINFINI MUSIC.   She lists 5 reasons why playing the organ in 2015 is possibly the coolest thing you can do, with some…

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