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Stonyhurst College Installs Viscount Ouverture Organ

Every so often we get to work in exceptional buildings and extraordinary circumstances. The Jesuit Chapel at Stonyhurst College managed to combine both these attributes in a single commission. On entering the chapel at Stonyhurst College you would be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Augustus Pugin, but it is actually that of… 
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Gloria from Mass in G – Franz Schubert

Our second release in this series of Choir and Organ Tutorials, recorded at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, is the Gloria from Schubert’s Mass in G. We’re releasing it during Eastertide, as it’s such a joyful, celebratory piece, and it suits the season of resurrection. The Gloria begins “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”, “Glory… 
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Organ Wars, but this time its with the bells

All of us in the organ world are no doubt tired of the age old joke, Question:  ‘Whats the difference between and organist and a terrorist’?  Answer: ‘You can negotiate with a terrorist’ It no doubt stems from the probably correct recognition that if the congregation want to go in one direction and the organist… 
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How beautiful upon the mountains – Sir John Stainer

During the 1960s and 70s it was a fashionable thing among musical elites not to like Stainer’s music. My professor of music when I was a student used to relate the possibly bad taste old joke “what do you think of Stainer’s Crucifixion?” (I’ll leave you to figure out the punch line). There are some… 
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