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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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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 system.   He has interviewed me and many other blind musicians for this project, which is still in the making.   Michael filmed some of my recent concert in Derby Cathedral.   I

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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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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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John Scott Whiteley and D’Arcy Trinkwon record at Selby Abbey

The Hill organ at Selby Abbey in Yorkshire is currently under restoration by Principal Pipe Organs of York.  Viscount Organs were proud to have been chosen to provide a temporary instrument for two years or so, and saw the opportunity to make some recordings, both to show off the Regent 356 instrument in a cathedral acoustic, and also to raise money for the Hill restoration.  John Scott Whiteley, Organist Emeritus

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Margaret Phillips plays the complete organ works of Bach…twice

For those of us who are struggling to perform even a few of the 280-odd organ works of Bach to a standard that we are happy with, the idea of playing the complete oeuvre in recital would seem a mind-boggling impossibility.  But this is a challenge that Margaret Phillips will meet twice this year.  She says “I shall remember 2015 as a very special year, with the wonderful opportunity to

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Five questions for…D’Arcy Trinkwon

International concert organist D’Arcy Trinkwon realised his musical vocation during his years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral under Allan Wicks – following studies with H A Bate in London, he went to the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.  Fascination for the French virtuoso organ tradition as represented particularly by Jeanne Demessieux and her teacher Dupré inevitably drew him to Paris, where he completed his formal studies with Jean

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You’re not a proper organist until…

Becoming an organist is not just about getting some swanky letters to put after your name, you know.  Certain important life skills are also required, if you’re going to hack it like a pro.  See how you measure up with this check list. YOU’RE NOT A PROPER ORGANIST UNTIL: Your organ shoes look like they’ve been in a tussle with an enthusiastic puppy and lost You have a few improv

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In search of nightingales – the Diary of Elizabeth Campbell

In 1927, Elizabeth Campbell travelled to England from her home in Melbourne, Australia, to study organ and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London with Henry Ley.   Heart-broken at having to return, she became one of Australia’s leading organists, but always dreamed of going back to London.   In 1933 her dream came true and she was invited back by the RCM as part of their Jubilee Celebrations.  She

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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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Five questions for…..Jane Watts

A couple of years ago a was kicking myself for missing a recital by Jane Watts in London.   This time round I’m going to get it right.  Jane will give the recital that ends the Bloomsbury Organ Day on 31st January in London and I intend to be there.   Jane’s international career continues to take her all over the world,  and she is a popular choice for the opening recital

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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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Carol Williams celebrates the Spreckels Organ 100th Anniversary

  December 31st this year will mark the 100th Anniversary of the outdoor organ in San Diego where Carol Williams is Civic Organist.  A festive programme has been planned, including a composition by Carol to show off the newly-installed Centennial Tuba stop.  The programme will be streamed live on the internet – visit the Spreckels Organ website for more information. The Centennial Tuba isn’t the only new rank to be

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