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Paul Hale

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organ consultant · organ recitalist

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September 2017

Monday 18th September

I spent an enjoyable weekend with Anne on the Isle of Wight from 15-18 September, culminating in my 'snagging' visit to Andrew Cooper's outstanding restoration of the Mutin Cavaillé-Coll organ in Quarr Abbey. A beautiful and effective instrument dating from 1912, it now probably sounds better than it ever has. Congrats to Andrew, to Adrian Mumford (main consultant) and to Abbot Xavier.

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Thursday 14th September

It was a joy to be present at Thomas Trotter's opening recital on the new Tickell organ at Manchester Cathedral today. The organ is a wonderful testimony to the late, much missed, Ken Tickell and forms not only his magnum opus but a lasting testimony to his life's work. As consultant, I have been involved there for over a decade: the spectacular result is more than worth the time and trouble everyone has put in.

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Manchester Cathedral, nave console and organ case

Sunday 10th September

Freedom from cathedral duties means that when surveying a church organ I can now attend a Sunday morning service and assess the liturgical effect of the instrument before climbing inside to assess its condition. This is a huge bonus and I have greatly enjoyed joining congregations at Turvey, Goring-on-Thames and Potters Bar in recent weeks.

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All Saints, Turvey - The Hill organ case viewed through a side chapel memorial