The Lady Organist

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Category Organ music

Dead Organists’ Society

  Heaving my music into boxes for the move to Narnia,  I couldn’t help noticing that most of my organ music collection is, um, recycled: most of coming, in fact, from those cardboard boxes that go the rounds in organist circles, of music from deceased colleagues which is seeking a new home.  Amongst the dross (new compositions that saw one performance only, deeply uncool anthologies from the early twentieth century,

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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 more interesting.  Composer Paul F Page recently contacted me to tell me about the organ music available to download from his website, which includes some Pedal Etudes for organ. 

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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 – Nicholas Freestone, organ scholar at St Albans Cathedral, posted this version of Bowie’s Life on Mars on YouTube, and was humbled and astonished at the millions of hits it

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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 available in both English and Dutch versions. Head of Orgelradio, Nico Declerck, says At the moment we can offer only 1,000 tracks but soon in March 2016 it will increase

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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 his music.  Fugue State always get high praise for their production values, and the recording quality on the opening CD, with Gerard playing Widor’s Symphonie No 6 on the organ

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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 for the installation of the new Dean of Chichester earlier this year, and I was privileged to be there – more about the commission, the composer, and the first performance,

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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 150th year, with National Lottery Funding.   It has all been documented in a great blog SAVE BETTY savebetty.wordpress.com – well worth a visit for the pictures and stories of the

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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 his birth – covering the development of the stylus fantasticus and the influence of Bruhns and North Germany on the young Bach. Henry Fairs and colleagues are looking forward to

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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 come over from the States for a lecture and concert at Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor, to mark the 150th anniversary of Lemare’s birth – full details below. Lemare is mainly

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Crowdfunding in action – David Dewar and the music of Eric Thiman

You may have heard, vaguely, of crowdfunding, but wondered how it actually worked.   Here’s your chance to find out, and also read about a worthy project.   Organist David Dewar is trying to fund the first year of a research degree at Bristol University, using Hubbub.  Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform set up to help people raise money for projects in education and non-profit organisations.  It makes it easy to put

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The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

One thing you can say for the Anglican church, it does a good procession.  So I was expecting the best, back in February, when I arrived at Chichester Cathedral with an invitation to the Installation of the new Dean of Chichester, Stephen John Waine.   En route to my seat (one of the best in the house, I must say, in the coveted pink ticket area in the Choir) I spotted

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Faith, Love, Hope – three new organ pieces from Frederick Stocken

Faith, Love, Hope for organ by Frederick Stocken have just been published by Banks.   These three short pieces already have a strong pre-publication story: I first heard them at St Lawrence Jewry, where Frederick gave their premiere – the Jewish connection was particularly appropriate as his next performance was in the small town of Bechhofen, Germany, at a recital for the unveiling of a memorial to the Jews of Bechhofen

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Repertoire revivals – Theophania Cecil

Great importance is attached to the fact that both Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams played regularly on the Thaxted Lincoln organ, and this was one of the selling points for its recent restoration.   All very worthy of course, but the organ’s significance for me is that it was originally the instrument of Theophania Cecil, in the early 19th century, when it was installed at St John’s Chapel, Bedford Row,

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Anne Page and the demanding Dr Chipp

Anne Page tells me she has gone out and bought a new pair of Organmaster shoes in order to do full justice to the Introduction and variations on ‘God preserve the Emperor’ by E T Chipp, which she will play this Saturday as the finale to her Bloomsbury recital.  Dr Chipp (1823-1886) is another of those splendid organists who have been almost totally forgotten, but in their day cut quite

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