Sunday 30th September
When acting as consultant for an organ project one of the first tasks normally is to research and write up the history of an instrument, for such knowledge can often inform the way forward. I sometimes use this research as the basis of a booklet written when the organ is complete, such as for the recent thorough rebuild by Henry Groves & Son of the 1955 Hill/Walker in Melton Mowbray parish church, on which I gave the opening recital on 29th September. Download the booklet as a pdf document to read all about the Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ at Melton Mowbray. It’s quite a beast!
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Sunday 23rd September
I drove back this morning from an enjoyable (if damp) stay in Hythe, on the South coast, where I had a lovely time giving a recital last night on the fine Harrison & Harrison / F H Browne organ in the parish church. This organ boasts a striking west end case proudly displaying the 16ft Contra Geigen—a rare sight to see a 16ft front in a parish church nave. Rarer still is a 16ft front in a parish church chancel, but that’s just what I found three days earlier when I gave a lunchtime recital on the fine 3-manual Brindley & Foster / Cousans in St Swithun, Retford. Amazing that Brindley managed to get his 16ft Open Diapasons in the front, but he did—and how proud they look, even with the 'gold' paint beginning to turn to that rather grim old hospital radiator colour.