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Organ in a Box

When I came into the office a while back I was greeted with a sight of a Welsh National Opera vehicle parked outside which I assure you is not a frequent sight. On entering the building I found a repair in progress on their travelling Viscount Organ that had recently blown an amplifier driving external […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Jesus Christ is Risen Today

For this month’s hymn we have appropriately selected the Christian Easter hymn, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”. The author is unknown but early manuscripts suggest that the hymn was written in Germany in the 14th century. The hymn is most frequently set to the hymn tune “Easter Hymn” which was composed in the Lyra Davidica […]

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Musical Instruments Harmonisation Directive

Some years ago now, the Restrictions of Hazardous Substances EU Directive seemed to threaten the future of pipe organ building as it would have prohibited the use of lead in organ pipes. Happily this was overcome and pipe organ building continues as before but a new issue is on the horizon and set to impact […]

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St John’s Smith Square Hire

Those of you familiar with St John’s Smiths Square or steeped in knowledge of the pipe organs of the British Isles will know that SJSS has a very fine Klais pipe organ and so should not be in need of a hire organ. However, things do not always go to plan and so it was […]

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Prize Winner Takes Delivery

In 2016 we ran an extensive three month competition to introduce more people to the sound of digital church organs. We developed a Quiz that tested the players as to whether they could identify specific clips of music as a pipe organ or a digital organ. In July last year I had the happy job […]

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Annual Conference 2017 – The Scottish Federation of Organists (SFO)

This year’s SFO Annual Conference takes place in the stunning locations of Abbotsford and Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The Borders Guild of Organists are hosting the event and has prepared and exciting and varied programme on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of May. On Friday there is a guided tour and walk around Abbotsford House, the […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Passion Chorale

The hymn tune of the month this time is “Passion Chorale” which was originally composed by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612). The most common text associated to this hymn tune is “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” which is a Christian Passion hymn based on a Latin text written during the Middle Ages. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) originally […]

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Organ Recital in Lyle Kirk Greenock Sunday 12th March at 3pm

An Organ Recital given by David J.W. Murray, Director of Music at Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley will take place on Sunday 12 March 2017 at 3pm. David, as a resident Scot, is a well known organist, accompanist and teacher throughout the West of Scotland. He regularly performs at Kelvingrove Art Galleries. David’s programme will consist […]

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Sheffield Hickleton Mission Partnership – The Centenary Project

Early in January 2017 I received a request for help with a Sheffield based programme aimed at engaging with youngsters in the poorer areas of the City by way of establishing youth choirs. This initiative is being led by Chris Bishop, the Youth Ministry Co-ordinator and will be based in up to 4 churches in […]

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A visit to explore the Wurlitzer Organ

On Saturday January 7th the RCO in conjunction with the Organ Club, arranged for a full day visit to the Troxy Cinema in Commercial Road East London to explore the Wurlitzer Organ installed there in 2015. What a day out it proved to be! Unfortunately I did not get there until the lunch break so […]

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Basilica san Frediano, Lucca

Lucca is a Tuscan city that is a must on any visit to Italy. Close to Pisa it no doubt lives in the shadow of that far better know tourist Mecca. Lucca may not have a leaning tower but in my opinion it has a great deal more to offer the visitor looking to pass […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Tell Out, My Soul

This month’s hymn, “Tell Out, My Soul”, is a Christian hymn paraphrasing the Magnificat written by Timothy Dudley-Smith (1926 – ) in 1962. In the early days this hymn was paired to a tune by Michael Baughen but it was later paired and greatly enhanced by the sweeping music of Walter Greatorex’s (1877 – 1949) […]

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Organ Recital at St Peter’s Church, Caversham

An Organ Recital by Christopher Cipkin will take place on 18 February 2017 at 4pm in St Peter’s Church, Caversham. This is a great opportunity to hear a recital on the wonderful new Regent Classic organ installed in 2016. You can read more about the installation here. Christopher Cipkin, past organist at Reading Minster, Reading […]

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Hymn of the Month 2017 | Behind the Scenes

The 2017 series was recorded at the lovely medieval church of St Mary’s Chalgrove. I chose this church partly because it is close to our base in Bicester but also because it is of a fairly typical size of the parish church in which we install our organs and especially as it has some of […]

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The Move to Vimeo

In the last weeks before Christmas I have been listening to the previews of Hymn of the Month and the Regent Classic Tutorial videos. To speed up the process of review the files are sometimes ‘compressed’ by the various delivery systems in differing ways and I have been conscious for the first time of how […]

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Recital St Mary Witney Saturday 28th January at 7pm

An Organ Recital given by Francis Rumsey will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017 at 7pm in aid of the St Mary’s roof restoration fund. Francis Rumsey is the organist at St Mary Witney. As well as an accomplished player Francis is an audio engineer and former professor who will illustrate the programme with interesting information about […]

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[Hymn of the Month] We Three Kings

The first tune of this year’s Hymn of the Month series is the famous hymn “We Three Kings”. It is also commonly known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, and is a Christmas carol written by John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820 – 1891). Hopkins wrote the words and […]

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RCO Academy: “The Conservatoire Experience”

This will be of interest to all teenage organists! This is a one-day programme on 11 February 2017 to pursue their organ playing through higher education. The British Conservatoires – The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland […]

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Our Range of Organ Speakers

With our organ audio management recently extended to be able to spread the stops over 28 independent audio channels plus bass we have extraordinary flexibility to manage sound delivery in your church or concert hall and so we have invested in developing speaker cabinets acoustically tuned to optimise the sound for individual stop families. As […]

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Organ Hire for Bury St Edmunds Organ Day

As ever, we do enjoy a challenge and generally it comes in the direction of SOS organ hires. We received a call from James Thomas the Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. He was up against it and at very short notice needed to hire an organ for an event in the choir school which […]

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Diary of a page turner | The Willis at Oxford Town Hall

This post is part of a series where I share some of my world travels, which my love for organs has taken me. I help friends, associates and fellow organ lovers with projects that mean I get to see new and old organs in gorgeous settings and really experiment with this instrument. Those of you […]

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[Hymn of the Month] God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Our final tune in this year’s series is befittingly the old English traditional Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”. The composer is unknown but there are records of it being sung within the Christian Church since the 15th century. The hymn was first put into print in 1760 but made available to a wider […]

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Three Organs of York

Towards the end of September we were making another DVD in Selby Abbey and staying near York so it was too good an opportunity to pass by visiting some of the very fine churches in the city. Also never having played York Minster it seemed an ideal time to see if we could have some […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Thaxted by Gustav Holst

This month’s hymn tune, Thaxted, is taken from the middle section of “Jupiter”, one of the seven movements in the orchestral suite “The Planets” by Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 –1934). Holst adapted the theme from Jupiter to suit the patriotic poem “I Vow to Thee, my Country”, by Cecil Spring-Rice (1859–1918), which honours the soldiers […]

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My turn on the newly restored Willis Pipe Organ

I had great fun playing the newly restored Willis organ at St Mary & St Giles in Stony Stratford in September this year. The organ has just had a £250,000 major overhaul by F H Browne & Sons which included adding 4 stops that had been prepared for, but never made, and also replacing a […]

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Lyle Kirk Greenock Sunday October 23rd at 3.00pm

Local musician John Bell is giving another recital on our custom built 3 manual Regent installed by Soundtech Classical Organs of Irvine in Lyle Kirk. John will present a jaunty programme of music including Lefebure-Wely Sortie in E flat and Penguins Playtime by Ogden. John will also play the great Bacha D minor Toccata and […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Darwall’s 148th by John Darwall

Darwall’s 148th or simply Darwall as it is sometimes known is the tune featured this month. The is an especially confident and optimistic tune with the resounding ascent of the final line, was composed by Reverend John Darwall (1731–1789). It was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William’s New Universal Psalmodist […]

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Hidden Heroes of the Organ World

Recently, while I was setting up a blog post on the Regent Classic web site to promote the 6 recitals that Joseph Nolan will play for us this year, I remembered that I must get them listed on www.organrecitals.com and this got me thinking. Management of web sites as they grow gets ever more time consuming and complex. […]

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RCO Academy – a half-term treat for young organists

The RCO Academy are running courses from Friday 28 Oct to Sunday 30 October (in the Autumn half term) for young organists and pianists. These are generously supported by The GMC Trust, The Williams Church Music Trust and The William Haddon Charitable Foundation. There are two courses to choose from: “Find your feet”  This is for early steps in […]

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Willis Pipe Organ Festival 8 to 11 September 2016

We are pleased to share with you the details of this special Festival which will celebrate the Willis Pipe Organ being fully restored after a decade of fundraising. This is the fourth Willis Pipe Organ Festival – the first three were part of fundraising efforts for the full restoration of the organ. After a total of […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Golden Sheaves by Sir Arthur Sullivan

Our tune this month is Golden Sheaves, composed by the very popular man of his time (and ours) Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (13 May 1842 – 22 November 1900). Sullivan was a Member of the Victorian Order (MVO) and an English composer. William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898) wrote the words to “To thee, O […]

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The RCO Organ Scholar Experience

On a magnificent summer day in late July the RCO had invited a group of supporters to join them at a lunchtime reception in Trinity College to observe part of the ‘Organ Scholar Experience’ course taking place over 5 days at various colleges and also nearby Ely Cathedral. We gathered near midday in ‘the old […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Blaenwern by William Penfro Rowlands

When choosing the hymn tunes for this first series of ‘Hymn of the Month’ I was determined that we should have at least a couple of ‘Welsh’ ones and Bleanwern is as good an example as you can find. Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (1860–1937), during the Welsh revival of 1904–1905. William is pictured here […]

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The Aldington War Memorial

Those of you who are regular Facebook browsers may well have seen the request go out for a suitable instrument for this recent outdoor service to commemorate the opening of the new Aldington War Memorial. There was no immediate local response so we decided to help out  organist Andrew Butler, and arrange for our Cantorum […]

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Recording our Quiz Tracks

Now that our quiz is over and the winner announced I can reveal the location where much of the recording was done. Our near top secret visit to St John’s Harpenden took place later than planned on November 6th last year.  The original date we reserved during the half term weekend was double booked with […]

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RCO Academy – The Organ Scholar Experience 2016

There are some organ recitals I thought I would let you know about which you can attend in the summer in Cambridge. As you will know, the Royal College of Organists (RCO) run an Academy programme to train young organists. Each summer they run ‘The Organ Scholar Experience‘ (TOSE), a residential course for young organists. Members […]

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Quiz Winner John Alexander from Luton

This year we ran an extensive three month competition to introduce more people to the sound of digital church organs. We developed a Quiz that tested the players as to whether they could identify specific clips of music as a pipe organ or a digital organ. We had a phenomenal result in terms of the […]

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Recital St Mary’s Nottingham Sunday July 17th at 2.45pm by John Keys

John Keys was brought up and educated in Chester. On completion of his schooling, he was assistant organist at Chester Cathedral for 3 years, before becoming an organ scholar at New College, Oxford. There he was taught by Gillian Weir and Nicholas Danby. After graduating, he studied for 3 years at Geneva Conservatoire with Lionel […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Nun Danket by Johann Cruger

This tune is possibly one of the best known from its inclusion in almost all hymnals and it is a fitting accompaniment for the words ‘Now thank we all our God’ Both words and music originate in Germany in the early 1600’s. The tune written by Cruger who was simultaneously a teacher at the school Zum Grauen […]

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Grand Celebration Concert | Selby Abbey 9 Sept at 7.00pm

Finally the restoration of the famous Hill Organ at Selby Abbey is complete! And to celebrate – we are joining Selby Abbey in one big grand celebration concert to mark this milestone. Shortly after installing our instrument in 2014 we recorded DVD’s of John Scott Whiteley and D’Arcy Trinkwon playing our instrument while their Hill organ was being restored. […]

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NSSO Summer Course and Concerts – 10 to 17 July

The National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) are conducting a summer programme course and concerts from 10th to 17th July this year. We are delighted to be specifically sponsoring the concerts on the Sunday (17th July). We are providing an Envoy 35-FV (pictured right) which will be heard through 4 external speakers and a sub bass. By […]

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Diocese of Leeds – Organists Training Programme

David Pipe (pictured above and to right) heads the new Organists Training Programme, a partnership between the Diocese of Leeds Music Department and the Royal College of Organists. David studied Music as Organ Scholar of Downing College, Cambridge, and later as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. He worked at York Minster, for […]

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Irish Church Music Association Summer School

Our partner dealer, Jeffers Music of Bandon will be loaning a Viscount Envoy 350 Deluxe for use by the Summer School in their teaching and worship sessions. The Irish Church Music Association holds its 47th Summer School from Wednesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 9, 2016 in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The theme […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Repton by C Hubert Parry

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, ( 1848 – 1918) was a fine composer, teacher and historian of music.  As a composer he is no doubt best known for the choral song Jerusalem which sets the words of William Blake. And recently he  came to notice again when his coronation anthem  I was Glad was part of the wedding service […]

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Understanding your Envoy, Regent and Sonus organ features

As most of our customers owning a physical modelling organ know these instruments allow a very high degree of personal control over how the organ sounds. This extends from the selection of individual stop voices from the internal library all the way through to building your own complete instrument that could be voiced to any […]

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Recording Hymn of the Month

For our 2016 series of You Tube videos we have changed to present a Hymn of the Month. This is in response to customers requesting recordings of how our instruments would support church worship. The tutorial series has moved to a new channel dedicated to our custom built Regent Classic instruments. These videos can now be […]

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Organ Recital, Lyle Kirk – 15 May 2016

An Organ Recital given by David J.W. Murray, Director of Music at Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley will take place on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 3pm. David, as a resident Scot, is a well known organist, accompanist and teacher throughout the West of Scotland. He regularly performs at Kelvingrove Art Galleries. David’s programme will consist […]

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Diocese of Leeds Music Day 25 June 2016

We are sponsoring this summer’s Diocese of Leeds Music Day, in association with the Royal College of Organists. It will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016, 10am to 3pm at Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral. You will get to hear and learn from: This is what you can expect from the day: 10.00am Registration and Coffee 10.15am […]

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Church of St Brides, Fleet Street choose Viscount

The Church of St Bride’s is justly world famous. With 2000 years history of worship on the site today’s landmark building was the invention of Christopher Wren famous for so many of London’s churches including of course St Paul’s Cathedral. An earlier building destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666 followed a succession of churches that […]

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[Hymn of the Month] ‘To God Be the Glory’ by William Howard Doane

Our tune this month is written by a most remarkable American William Howard Doane Doane was born in Connecticut in 1832 to prosperous parents. His father was the head of Doane and Treat, cotton manufacturers. Doane showed impressive musical talent and by early adolescence he was playing the flute, violin and double bass fiddle. Doane attended […]

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Recital St Margaret Mary Southampton 7.00pm April 23rd

We are delighted to bring to your attention a recital at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church next Saturday at 7.00pm. This will be played on our Envoy 35-F instrument recently installed at the church. Recitalist, composer and liturgist Paul Inwood will play a varied programme with works ranging from the early 17th century right up […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Ellacombe

The first record of this tune is in a hymnal (Gesangbuch) published in 1784 for the Duke of Wurtemberg. Ellacombe takes the name of a village in Devonshire. It was first set to the words “Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern.” During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the tune. […]

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Newcastle Organists Annual Dinner

I have not been to Newcastle for many years so was especially pleased to be invited to be the guest speaker at the Newcastle and District  Society of Organists Annual Dinner. This invitation came from Peter Chatfield, one their Vice Presidents – a very passionate organ person and who, like myself, is very active on […]

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RCO Academy – Raise Your Game 30 May 2016

Organists of all ages and levels – consider joining the RCO Academy in St Andrews, Scotland on Spring Bank Holiday Monday (30 May 2016) for an inspiring day promoted by RCO Academy in partnership with the University of St Andrews. This is a great ‘hands-on’ one day-programme (09:30 to 17:30) with tuition in small, informal […]

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Thomas Dallam’s Organ for Sultan Mehmet III 1599

Born about 1575 Dallam served an apprenticeship as a Blacksmith but went on to become an organ builder of great repute and is believed to have built the organs of Kings College Cambridge, Eton College and the Cathedrals of Norwich, Bristol and Worcester. But none of the commissions can rival the extraordinary instruction from Queen […]

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RCO Easter Recitals – 31 March to 2 April 2016

The RCO are running their annual Easter Course this year from 31 March to 2 April in Oxford. The course is fully booked – however, during the event they will be promoting organ recitals by two of their distinguished teachers. We do hope that you can come along – or share this post within someone […]

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RCO Academy – “Set Your Sights” 2 April 2016

As you well know we support the RCO and like to keep you, our readers, informed when there are events, programmes or activities they hold that will be of interest for you. This one is for young organists. Join the RCO Academy team in Oxford on Saturday 2 April 2016. The programme is called: “SET […]

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[Hymn of the Month] ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’ to the tune Slane

This month we feature “Lord of All Hopefulness” as part of our Hymn of the Month series played by our in-house organist, Jonathan Kingston. Slane is believed to be an old Irish folk tune and the name is certainly common to a hill near Tara in County Meath, Ireland. It first came to significant attention […]

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London Organ Day – Saturday 5 Mar 2016

This year is the centenary of the death of Max Reger. Director of London Organ Day, Tom Bell, as sought to celebrate not only his music, but also those of other composers, especially German ones such as Brahms and Schumann. You will also get to hear music by J.S. Bach, whose influence cannot be understated. There are […]

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Emergency Church Organ Hire | St Marylebone Parish Church

  Early on the morning of Friday November 13th (in 2015) we received an e-mail (9.30am) from a church asking if they could hire an organ, as their magnificent Rieger organ blower had failed. By 10.30 that morning we had offered the church 2 options and we had an agreement to supply but without commitment to make […]

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20 Organs for the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE)

Earlier this year we received our largest ever enquiry for 20 single manual instruments to replace a variety of older instruments from various manufacturers used in the UGLE meeting rooms. Needless to say this was an exciting prospect and we duly sharpened our pencil and were delighted to have the order confirmed in the spring. […]

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Recital St Mary Witney Saturday February 6th at 7.30pm

Francis Rumsey, organist of St Mary Witney is giving a recital on Saturday February 6th in aid of the St Mary’s roof restoration fund. As well as an accomplished player Francis is an audio engineer and former professor who will illustrate the programme with interesting information about the pieces and their composers. For some of […]

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Have Organ Will Travel

I never cease to be amazed with the level of trouble some organists will go to, to ensure that they are able to play. Especially those in the hauptwerk community. These extraordinarily enthusiastic musicians often share with us on our Facebook Page – about the quite large and complex instruments they have put together from all sorts of […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Angel Voices by George Monk

We have received a number of requests asking us to present music that our instruments would routinely play in a church context. So what better examples than well known and loved hymn tunes? This year we are launching our new tutorial series called ‘Hymn of the Month’. So watch out for them each month. This month we […]

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RCO Academy: “The Conservatoire Experience” 20 Feb 16

This will be of interest to all teenage organists! This is a one-day programme on 20 February 2016 to pursue their organ playing through higher education. The British Conservatoires – The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire […]

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Philip Meaden, a client with a very special home instrument

It is always a joy to see a number of our loyal customers upgrading instruments over time as they move from 2 to 3 manuals or from older technology to the very latest we have available. Some of our customers even have more than one instrument! It is rare though to have the pleasure of […]

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Freemasons’ Hall Refurbished Willis Organ

Wednesday September 30th (2015) saw an early evening recital by Thomas Trotter to celebrate the refurbishment of the Willis Organ in the main meeting room of the United Grand Lodge of England. Built originally in 1933 it is the largest of 3 Willis organs in the building but the only one that has remained in […]

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Our Regent 356 in Ely Cathedral for Advent

In late October the Kings School Ely lent their Envoy 350-FV to the Cathedral for a performance of the Widor Mass for 2 organs.  The instrument so impressed the Cathedral Music team that they approached us for an instrument to add flexibility to their Advent music programme. As you can see from the pictures below […]

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Organ recital at Merrylea Parish Church Sunday November 22nd

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 22nd November 2015. Peter Christie and John Burnett will be playing the programme below. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for the recital is free, […]

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The Search For New Repertoire

Are you an organist in search of new and interesting pieces to add to your services and performance works? You’re not alone. I share some of the music I’ve found to be less demanding and delightful to play… I imagine most organists that fall into my proficiency bracket (reluctantly, I know my place) suffer the […]

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RCO Presidents Evening – 2015

St Lawrence Jury (SLJ) in the heart of the City of London is a most beautiful Wren style church largely rebuilt in the 1950’s after huge war damage. I have enjoyed many lessons there in the past with Catherine Ennis on the magnificent 3 manual Klais organ. On May 27th a group of guests attended […]

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An organ extravaganza | Lyle Kirk, Greenock

If you are in Scotland – you may like to know that the first recital of the 2015-2016 series of Music In Lyle Kirk is on Sunday 15 November. (Address: Greenock, Newark Street Building, PA16 7UR). They will have three local organists – Archie Shearer of Wellpark Mid Kirk, Greenock; Alan Rodger organist of St Mary’s Episcopal Church in […]

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Organ Lessons through the Royal College of Organists

Why not try an organ lesson with one of the Royal College teachers? You do not have to be expert and lessons are graded for relative beginners all the way up to diploma students. Details of lessons can be found at on the RCO Organ School Page. I have attended a number now. Usually a […]

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Diary of Page Turner | Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris

This post is part of a series where I share some of my world travels, which my love for organs has taken me. I help friends, associates and fellow organ lovers with projects that mean I get to see new and old organs in gorgeous settings and really experiment with this instrument. There are many […]

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Organ Recital at Merrylea Parish Church 18 October

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 18th October  2015. Peter Christie will be playing a programme to the theme of “A trip to France”. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for […]

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Church of St Michele Mondaino

Mondaino is a beautiful historic hillside town just above Rimini with wonderful views out to the Adriatic. The walled medieval centre was highly defended with substantial gates but today the town has expanded well beyond its original centre. Mondaino is home to the headquarters of the Viscount International business which extends also to San Marino […]

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Merrylea Parish Church Sunday September 27th

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 27th September  2015. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for the recital is free, however a retiring offering will be gratefully received in aid of The […]

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Putting Something Back

If a poll amongst organists were put out, I suspect there would be universal agreement that interest in the organ and its music has been in a slow but steady decline over the last 50 years. This is certainly the case in the UK – although it’s still esteemed in some countries. Here, I talk […]

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Announcing: Years free RCO membership to all customers

We are passionate about organs and organ music and spend a good majority of our time supporting local, national and international organ events (both pipe and digital). As part of our ongoing drive for amazing music in the organ world, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a years free membership of the […]

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2 Manuals become 3 | St Mary the Virgin Witney

The main and civic church for the town of Witney, Saint Mary’s, was re-dedicated in 1243.  As you can see the church sits in a prominent position at the head of the town green with a substantial spire above the crossing. The fine west window (and our reworked console) can be seen at the foot […]

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Organ Fest, Birmingham 18 to 20 Sept 2015

This year’s #OrganFest15 promises to be a jam packed festival for the organ enthusiast. The festival is organised jointly by the British Institute of Organ Studies; the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO); the Royal College of Organists (RCO); and the Birmingham Organists Association. They have planned a varied programme over three days, with choral music performed in the liturgy […]

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Oxford Recitals August 4th to 9th

This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to some of Oxford’s very best organs in use during the summer course introducing young musicians to ‘The organ Scholar Experience’. The marvellous new Dobson instrument at Merton will be played by Tom Bell. Also one of my favourites, the Walker in Exeter College an instrument in the […]

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Corsanico Music Festival July 11th to August 29th 2015

I can hardly believe a year has passed since I wrote up my first recommendation to visit the little hillside village of Corsanico above Viareggio and attend some of the lovely concerts in the Church of Saint Michele you see pictured below lit up for the May celebration of the Dolorosa.         […]

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Tony, a Regent 356 customer shares his experiences.

Tony would be delighted to welcome organists contemplating the purchase of a Viscount to explore his home installation. If you are interested to do this please first call Viscount to be given Tony’s contact information. I have wanted for some time now to share my experience in purchasing a new organ for my home use. […]

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Merrylea Parish Church Recital – Sun 5 Jul 15

The next recital at Merrylea Parish Church is going to be on Sunday 5 July 2015. The church is in the heart of the south side of Glasgow and serves the communities of Newlands, Merrylee, Giffnock and Cathcart. Admission for the recital is free, however a retiring offering will be gratefully received in aid of The […]

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Selby Abbey Organ Recitals in association with Viscount

We are pleased to announce that this summer we have arranged, in conjunction with Selby Abbey Trust, to host a number of Celebrity Organ recitals played on their spectacular Viscount Regent 356 digital organ. (We installed the organ in Sept 2014). Our organ will be installed while the historic William Hill organ undergoes restoration by Principal Pipe […]

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Organ Club tutorial organ week-end | Sept 15

Come and join other Organ Club members at this 3 day event to take lessons and build your confidence with the Organ Club’s top team of organists and teachers. Your £160 ticket for the week-end covers lessons/tuition; attending the Annual Celebrity Organ Recital in St Mary’s, Fotheringhay given by David Goode; and dinner in Glapthorne. […]

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Organ study trip to Germany | Schnitger and Schnitzels

The Organ Club, founded in 1926, is a community of all who are interested in the organ and organ music, its players and its music. The Club exists as a facility to promote awareness and appreciation of the art and science of the organ, its players and its music. Membership is open to all who are interested […]

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Our Regent 356 at the St Mary’s Organ Concerts |13 Jun & 19 Jul

We installed a custom built instrument at the at St Mary’s Nottingham (read about the installation here). Our Regent 356 (pictured left) has been placed in the building on 17 speakers with antiphonal departments that enables it to fill the church building with glorious sound. Now we are pleased to let you know that St […]

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Join us at the IAO Congress Norwich 27 July to 1 Aug 2015

(Picture above is of Norwich Cathedral)   We are very pleased to be attending and supporting the national IAO Congress, which will be held in Norwich this year. The wealth of Norfolk and in particular Norwich was built on the wool trade. This wealth created from the Middle Ages onwards financed the construction of many […]

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[Jonathan Kingston] Music Tutorial Series – Gavotte William Boyce

[This is a series where we share short tutorials on a range of different pieces introduced and played by our colleague Jonathan Kingston, on our Viscount Organs. ] In this edition of the series, we bring you a Gavotte by William Boyce. William born in 1711 began his musical education when he became a chorister […]

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A New Interior for Cleckheaton Methodist Church

Did you know the poor church mouse was originally a hungry one? The saying was originally said to be hungry as a church mouse. Churches in the 1600’s had no kitchens to cook meals and no storage or pantries to store food. A mouse that was so unlucky to take up residence in a church […]

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[Jonathan Kingston] Music Tutorial Series – Stanley Allegro in D

[This is a series where we share short tutorials on a range of different pieces introduced and played by our colleague Jonathan Kingston, on our Viscount Organs. ] In this edition of the series, we bring you the Allegro in D by John Stanley, a music graduate of Oxford University at the age of just […]

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[Jonathan Kingston] Music Tutorial Series Jerusalem by Hubert Parry

[This is a series where we share short tutorials on a range of different pieces introduced and played by our colleague Jonathan Kingston, on our Viscount Organs. ] In this edition of the series, we bring you the stirring tune Jerusalem written by Parry for the words of William Blake. This is a warhorse of […]

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Top of the Class | Top of its Class

This year we have worked on a large number of school installations.  And, since we prepared this recent advert (see below) – we have also supplied King’s School Ely and Pinewood School Bourton to add to our school installation projects. Some of these schools have very fine pipe organs and have used our instruments to […]

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Would you like a ‘West End Gallery’?

OK, so this is partly an excuse for me to bang on about Italy and all the lovely places I visit there but I am just beginning to realise the very different style the small town and country churches in Italy have that is greatly to the advantage of the music making. There is no […]

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Selby Abbey in Yorkshire Choose Viscount

Early in September 2014 we were delighted to have been chosen by Selby Abbey to provide a temporary instrument for up to 2 years while the large and historic Hill  (with some later alterations by Hill Norman & Beard)  pipe organ is restored by Principal Pipe Organs of York. It always a joy to install […]

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L’Organo della Pace – The Organ of Peace

Very near my home in Italy is the tiny and elevated village of Sant’ Anna di Stazzema. It is approached by a steep winding road that at times gives a dramatic view of the Mediterranean from Livorno in the south towards La Spezia in the north, a truly beautiful outlook. This summer my eye was […]

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Carol Williams and Kevin Bowyer Play the Battle of the Organs, Caird Hall, Dundee | Sharing A Live Viscount Experience

Many of us are familiar with the phrase ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ as an epithet for the Women’s Institute but did you know that ‘Jam and Journalism’ could be similarly applied to Dundee? Dundee’s association with jam stems from Janet Keiller’s 1797 ‘invention’ of marmalade (pictured left). Journalism in Dundee refers to the publishing company of D. C. Thomson & Co. […]

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David Briggs at The Yarm School | Sharing A Live Viscount Experience

I have to admit that I had never heard of Yarm until we were invited to quote for an instrument for the school’s brand new performing arts auditorium. It’s called the Princess Alexandra Auditorium – since the Princess opened it in May 2012. Yarm is a pretty old market town on Teeside near Middlesbrough situated […]

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The Pure Elegance of Sound With a Viscount Digital Organ

Music has long been used as therapeutic method to provide brain stimulating qualities to rehabilitation programmes to support people through injury, whether physical or mental. While we could share chapters on this subject – it is more relevant to highlight that the quality and perception of sound is very personal. While the perception of tonal […]

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Top 5 Tips in Selecting the Right Digital Organ For You

There are many factors to take into account when considering not only which digital organ to buy, but also which brand/make of organ to invest in. In this post we hope to highlight some the pertinent elements to weigh up based on our years of experience in digital organs, the technology behind them and what […]

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The Private Digital Organist vs. the Public Digital Organist

We deal with a variety of different types of buyers in our industry, and in this post we give some insights into the differing needs for these groups of buyers and how we work with them. The Private Digital Organ Player This is the individual buyer who is expressly buying an organ for playing at […]

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The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Enjoys Their Digital Organ

(Image above courtesy of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama)   We had the privilege of working with the dedicated team at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in attaining and installing a beautiful new digital organ for their 608-seat Concert Hall. The School is reportedly one of the world’s leading drama schools – offering […]

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The Yarm School – A Custom Built Digital Organ For 700-seat Auditorium

The Yarm School, founded in 1978, is an independent school in the picturesque village of Yarm in North East England. We were delighted to install our Regent Classic in the school’s stunning Princess Alexandra Auditorium. We tailored the instrument according to the school’s requirements and custom-built the Regent Classic in a Cavaille-Coll style console, which […]

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How to buy a digital organ

In writing this article, we are trying to use our many years experience of digital organs to set out the major factors you should consider when choosing the supplier and instrument, whether this is for home practice, church or concert hall use.

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