Viscount Organs http://viscountorgans.net The UK's leading Digital Church Organ specialist Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:03:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 The new Aldington War Memorial http://viscountorgans.net/the-new-aldington-war-memorial/ http://viscountorgans.net/the-new-aldington-war-memorial/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:49:54 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7857 Andrew at work!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. There was no immediate local response so we decided to help out  organist Andrew Butler and arranged for our Cantorum VI to be couriered to his home.

Local resident David Hughes has just completed a 66 year mission to erect a memorial for the 50 villagers that lost their lives in the two world wars. Andrew is a familiar Facebook Friend so we felt it appropriate that we should make a small contribution to this special ceremony. You see Andrew here playing the Cantorum VI which was connected to a external speakers via an amplifier and by all accounts did a very good job. Andrew is in a tent but as you can see the sun came out for this service, a rare occurrence so far this summer. Cantorum VIMemorial close up

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RCO Academy – The Organ Scholar Experience 2016 http://viscountorgans.net/rco-academy-the-organ-scholar-experience-2016/ http://viscountorgans.net/rco-academy-the-organ-scholar-experience-2016/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:27:03 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7788 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 of the public are invited to attend the recitals – most of which are free.

Here are a list of the recitals that are coming up, as well as some details around them. Choral Services will be directed and performed by students – who will sing, accompany and conduct.

If you are interested in the Organist Scholar Experience programme itself – then please do look at the RCO Academy website for more details.

Tuesday 19 July

Lunchtime Organ Recital – 1.15pm in Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission.

Queens College Chapel Cambridge

OLIVER BRETT

Plays

  • Louis Vierne Allegro (from Symphonie II in E minor)
  • Herbert Howells Rhapsody no 1 in D flat
  • Robert Schumann Fugue no 6 on B.A.C.H.
  • Johannes Brahms O Welt, ich muß dich laßen (Op. 111 no 10)
  • Charles-Marie Widor March pontificale (from Symphonie I) 

Choral Compline 9.15pm in Downing College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission.

INTROIT: Tallis If ye love me

MOTET: Tallis In manus tuas

Wednesday 20 July

Lunchtime Organ Recital – 1pm in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission. (With a special welcome to members of RCO Anniversary Circle)

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

TOM BELL

Plays

  • J S Bach Fantasia in C minor (BWV 562)
  • Peter Maxwell Davies Three Organ Voluntaries (on Scottish Psalm Tunes)
  • Jacques van Oortmerssen Nun ruhen alle Wälder
  • Toon Hagen Shalom
  • J S Bach six Chorale Preludes from ‘Orgelbüchlein’
  • J S Bach Prelude and Fugue in G (BWV 541)

Choral Evensong – 5.15pm in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission.

INTROIT: Goss O Saviour of the world

PRECES and RESPONSES: Ayleward

CANTICLES: Stanford in B flat

ANTHEM: Macmillan A new song

Thursday 21 July

Organ Recital –  7.30pm in Ely Cathedral

Tickets are £10 per person (free for accompanied under-16’s) – available at the door, or you can book via tickets.elycathedral.org

Ely Cathedral, Cambridge

THOMAS OSPITAL (St Eustache, Paris)

Plays:

  • Olivier Messiaen Dieu parmi nous
  • César Franck Choral II in B minor
  • Claude Debussy Danse (tarantelle styrienne) [arr, Hirsch]
  • Improvisation
  • Maurice Duruflé Suite (op. 5)

Choral Compline  – 9.15pm in The Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral

Free admission.

INTROIT: Palestrina Sicut cervus

MOTET: Palestrina Ave Maria

Friday 22 July

Lunchtime Organ Recital – 1.15pm in Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission.

Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge

SARAH BALDOCK

Plays

  • Henry Purcell Double Voluntary in D minor and Voluntary in G
  • J S Bach Vater unser in Himmelreich (BWV 737)
  • Georg Böhm Vater unser in Himmelreich
  • J S Bach Komm, heiliger Geist (BWV 651)
  • William Byrd A Fancy
  • John Stanley Voluntary in G (Op. 5 No 3)
  • Thomas Tomkins A Fancy for two to play (with ANNE PAGE)

Choral Evensong – 5.15pm in Christ’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission.

INTROIT: Tallis O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit

PRECES and RESPONSES: Ayleward

CANTICLES: Byrd Second Service

ANTHEM: Byrd Teach me, O Lord

Saturday 23 July

Students’ Signature Organ Recital – 7.30pm in St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission, and featuring teenage organists auditioning this year for organ scholarships.

Sunday 24 July

Choral Evensong- 3.30pm in St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Free admission.

PRECES and RESPONSES: Ayleward

CANTICLES: Noble in B minor

ANTHEM: Bairstow Blessed City, heavenly Salem

DISMISSAL: Naylor

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To find out more or ask any questions about the TOSE programme or the recitals themselves – please contact James Parsons on james.parsons@rco.org.uk.

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The winner would receive one of our home instruments – the Envoy 35-F pictured below.

Viscount Envoy 35-F

And the winner is…

I had the very pleasurable task of picking up the phone to call a mobile number submitted by one of the many entrants who had scored 10/10 in our online quiz.

I was terribly excited – but anxious! Would they pick-up, was the number correct? I was also a little nervous as I had never given away such a significant prize before in my life. The first call went to voicemail and I bottled out of leaving a message and the second call a few hours later also went to the mail box. I was determined such an important breaking of news was to be done in person so I hung up.  A few hours later I got a call back so it took a few moments to realise I had the lucky winner on the other end of the line so I was now caught lost for words!

I couldn’t be happier about who won the prize

I have to confess, secretly I was hoping that we would get a winner at the younger end of the age range as we so urgently need youngsters to engage with the instrument, but I had not anticipated a young winner of such generosity.

Meet John Alexander from Luton (pictured below). He is just 26 and having won the instrument you see him playing his immediate reaction was to give it to Stopsley Parish Church,where he is the organist.

John Alexander, Luton, Viscount Organs

John Alexander, the 2016 Viscount Organ Quiz competition winner, playing his winning organ.

A PCC meeting has already approved this move so all that now remains is a faculty application for the installation to proceed.

On July 8th, John came to Bicester with his father David to give the organ a once over. You see the happy duo pictured below but father David is also ‘Father David’, the priest in charge at Stopsley so we could not be more delighted that this instrument is so soon a second gift from this lucky winner to his local community.  This set of coincidences really warms the heart and reassures us that there is amazing goodness out there close at hand.

Viscount Organs Quiz winner

John and his Dad – Father David Alexander

We are delighted also that the chief executive of the Royal College of Organists, Philip Meaden, has agreed to make a presentation of this instrument to the winner so we will bring you news later in the year of this ceremony and the final details of the installation in St Thomas Church Stopsley.

St Thomas Stopsley Church

St Thomas Stopsley Church, at night

A very big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and also shared it with their friends and family through Facebook.

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Recital St Mary’s Nottingham Sunday July 17th at 2.45pm by John Keys http://viscountorgans.net/recital-st-marys-nottingham-sunday-july-17th-at-2-45pm-by-john-keys/ http://viscountorgans.net/recital-st-marys-nottingham-sunday-july-17th-at-2-45pm-by-john-keys/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:04:06 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7473 John KeysJohn 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 Rogg, and won the 1er Prix de Virtuosité and the Prix Barblan. He was also Organist of the Eglise St Jean and then Holy Trinity Church. Having been appointed Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham, in 1984, in the same year he won First Prize at the 4th Manchester International Organ Competition. He is also Nottingham University organist and is pictured here near the console of the ‘Nottingham Albert Hall’ Binns organ.

St Mary's NottinghamWe are sponsoring this recital and proceeds will go towards the Nottingham City Parish and the Binns Organ Trust. The recital will be played on our Regent 356  instrument installed last year to supplement the St Mary’s neo classical pipe organ. Our instrument is in the picture to the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Mary's Nottingham inside 3St Mary’s is a magnificent city church as you see from this picture of the vast interior. I hope you will not mind me saying that our instrument makes a mighty fine sound in this huge space.

 

 

 

John’s programme includes:-

J.S. Bach Sinfonia to Cantata 29.

George Shearing Amazing Grace! (from Sacred Sounds)

Mendelssohn Sonata Op.65, No.6

Buxtehude Vater unser

J.S. Bach Vater unser (Orgelbüchlein)

Georg Böhm Vater unser

César Franck Chorale No.3

Samuel Barber arr.William Strickland Adagio for Strings

Henri Mulet Carillon-Sortie.

 

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[Hymn of the Month] Nun Danket by Johann Cruger http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-nun-danket-by-johann-cruger/ http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-nun-danket-by-johann-cruger/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:19:07 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7679 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 Kloster and cantor of the Nikolaikirche in Berlin.

CruegerCrüger (pictured left) composed numerous concert works and wrote extensively on music education. In 1643 he became acquainted with the famous hymn writer Paul Gerhardt, for whom he wrote the music for various hymns. In 1647 he edited the most important German Lutheran hymnal of the 17th century, Praxis pietatis melica.

MartinRinkart (picture right) was born at Eilenburg, April 23, 1586. After passing through the Latin school at Eilenburg, he became a foundation scholar and chorister of the St. Thomas’s School at Leipzig. This scholarship also allowed him to proceed to the University of Leipzig, where he matriculated for the summer session of 1602 as a student of Theology. Rinkart was a voluminous writer and a good musician, but a considerable number of his books have perished, and others survive only in single copies. He early began to write poetry, and was crowned as a poet apparently in 1614.

This played on our Envoy 35-F which is a very popular church instrument.

More About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background

Jonathan KingstonJonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.

Jonathan’s Work With Viscount

Jonathan works with us as our very own inhouse organist – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. His playing features on the current promotional DVD material for Viscount, and he would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on jonkingston@hotmail.co.uk.

More About the Organ Being Played In This Demonstration

Jonathan plays this piece on our very own Envoy 35-F A ‘Physical Modelling’ based instrument with 35 stops in a real wood veneer cabinet. It  has a huge internal library allowing the user to create 4 totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic.   It benefits from a full compliment of divisional thumb pistons and additional toe pistons. This organ also has a full 32 note pedal. For more information have a look at its specifications here.

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Grand Celebration Concert | Selby Abbey 9 Sept 16 http://viscountorgans.net/grand-celebration-concert-selby-abbey-9-sept-16/ http://viscountorgans.net/grand-celebration-concert-selby-abbey-9-sept-16/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:24:26 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7696 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. You may also remember over the summer last year we supported the Abbey in a series of summer concert recitals to help raise money for the restoration project.

And now – we are so pleased to be a part of this celebration and the event will be all more amazing as you will have the chance to see The Royal Northern Sinfonia being conducted by Adrian Partington, with organists John Scott Whiteley and D’Arcy Trinkwon returning to the Abbey for this momentous day.

You can expect to hear

Elgar – Cockaigne  Overture

Joseph Jongen – Sinfonia  Concertante Op 81

Alexander Guilmant –  Symphony No 2 in A Major Op 91

Tickets, Times and how to book your seats

Tickets (including wine at the interval) are: NAVE £25  and  CHOIR £12.50. Tickets are  available to purchase at The Abbey Shop or by filling in this downloadable form on the Selby Abbey Website and posting money and ticket request to The Abbey Shop. If you can’t make the concert and would like to donate to the organ appeal – you can do this on this form as well.

The concert starts at at 7:30pm (no reserved seats) and will end around 9:40pm.

John Scott Whiteley

John Scott Whiteley at Viscount Organ

Selby Abbey - view from west end widow ledge

Selby Abbey – view from west end widow ledge

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NSSO Summer Course and Concerts – 10 to 17 July http://viscountorgans.net/national-schools-symphony-orchestra-course-malvern-july-10th-to-17th/ http://viscountorgans.net/national-schools-symphony-orchestra-course-malvern-july-10th-to-17th/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:26:23 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7620 Envoy 35 FVThe 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 way of celebration, NSSO will be tackling Saint-Saen’s Symphony no 3 (The Organ Symphony) in the repertoire session on the evening of Thursday 14 July, when they will be joined again by Laurence John, who played the work recently at Hereford Cathedral with members of the CBSO. Laurence is a NSSO alumnus and took part in the 2015 Conductors’ Course.

The course programme  is being delivered and hosted by Malvern College (pictured below) who have now taken over the management of the NSSO 2016 course.
Malvern College, exterior
The concerts towards the end of the week are being played at Malvern Theatres (pictured below) which nestles at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Malvern Theatres is an impressive centre for the arts in the West Midlands and is a short walk from Malvern College. Home of the famous Malvern Festivals, founded by Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson in 1929, the theatre underwent a lottery-funded refurbishment in 1997.

malvern theatres
Malvern theatres - external view
For the full details of this year’s course and the concerts, please head over to the NSSO’s “Take Part” webpage  to find this information.

We really hope the children will have a wonderful time. Inspire each other to perform well and perhaps just a few will leave with a new interest in the organ and the wonderful colour and drama it can add to orchestral performances. Wish I was just 16 again!

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Diocese of Leeds – Organists Training Programme http://viscountorgans.net/diocese-of-leeds-organists-training-programme/ http://viscountorgans.net/diocese-of-leeds-organists-training-programme/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:50:10 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7613 David PipeDavid 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 the last six years as Assistant Director of Music, before joining the Leeds team in May this year as Director of the Organists Training Programme and Cathedral Organist. Information about the ‘Music Day’ held on June 25 can be found HERE

Electronic digital organ by ViscountUse of any Cathedral Organ for teaching is never easy and the same is true at Leeds where a busy service and prayer schedule means that playing at all let alone loud is restricted to short time intervals through the day. To overcome this a plan had been made to install a small pipe organ in the adjacent hall but these plans fell apart when it came to move the donated organ as it was found to be just not appropriate as a teaching instrument.

So we are delighted to have agreed to make available our Envoy 35-F instrument (pictured right) on loan to David to ensure the school can get underway following the launch this coming weekend. This instrument will be used for the lectures and demonstrations on the launch event on June 25th and moved a short distance thereafter to a permanent position for teaching. We hope it will get a lot of use and provide a real stimulus to get more people engaged and enjoying playing the King of Instruments.

The Diocese of Leeds’ Organists Training Programme has been set up to follow the success of the Schools Singing Programme, the largest church programme of choral music for young people in the United Kingdom, which comprises some 2,500 children meeting weekly. The Organists Training Programme will provide organ lessons for as wide a range of pupils as possible, promoting the organ and ensuring future generations of organists for churches and beyond.

Leeds Cathedral

             An internal snapshot of Leeds Cathedral

Alongside the fine Klais organ in Leeds Cathedral, the Programme will make the most of other instruments in the Diocese, including the stunning new Slovenian Skrabl organ in St Patrick’s, Huddersfield and of course the instrument we have provided. Our instrument will feature a Theater Organ style which might perhaps attract musicians of a more liberal taste to explore what fun they can have with 2 manuals and a pedal board at their disposal.

Teaching will be led by David Pipe (Director of the Organists Training Programme and Cathedral Organist). Hour-long lessons will be available (£40 per hour); and as an opening offer, until the end of August, the Organists Training Programme is pleased to offer a free introductory lesson before booking lessons in series. You can contact David directly at davidpipe@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk

 

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Irish Church Music Association Summer School http://viscountorgans.net/irish-church-music-association-summer-school/ http://viscountorgans.net/irish-church-music-association-summer-school/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:55:25 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7599 Keyboard detailOur 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 for Summer School 2016 is  God Full of Mercy.

This years programme includes a blend of contemporary and traditional choral pieces with emphasis on Psalms, Sacraments, Ritual and Music for the Liturgical Year in schools.  The workshop repertoire will provide opportunities to develop the skills of cantors, organists and instrumentalists in addition to parish choirs and folk groups. Optional Tutorials such as Choral Singing, Instruments at Prayer and Organ Tuition. The New Generation Youth Choir will meet each day, providing them with a special time and space to learn and explore new music.

We are delighted to have helped provide the instrument for this great gathering of musicians in early July. Lets hope they have a really good and productive time.

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[Hymn of the Month] Repton by C Hubert Parry http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-repton-by-c-hubert-parry/ http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-repton-by-c-hubert-parry/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:05:49 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7549 Hubert_ParrySir 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 of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Repton, which sets the words Dear Lord and Father of Mankind is a simple tune rich in harmony that fits the text so well. The tune allows a wealth of subtle registration changes to be used with dramatic crescendo and diminuendo all perfectly sensible within what is really quite a short melodic line. Jonathan demonstrates this very well in this presentation of the tune.

After early attempts to work in insurance Parry was taken up by George Grove, first as a contributor to Grove’s massive Dictionary of Music and Musicians in the 1870s and 80s, and then in 1883 as professor of composition and musical history at the Royal College of Music. In 1895 Parry succeeded Grove as head of the College, remaining in the post for the rest of his life. He was concurrently Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University from 1900 to 1908.

This played on our Envoy 35-F which is a very popular church instrument.

More About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background

Jonathan KingstonJonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.

Jonathan’s Work With Viscount

Jonathan works with us as our very own inhouse organist – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. His playing features on the current promotional DVD material for Viscount, and he would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on jonkingston@hotmail.co.uk.

More About the Organ Being Played In This Demonstration

Jonathan plays this piece on our very own Envoy 35-F A ‘Physical Modelling’ based instrument with 35 stops in a real wood veneer cabinet. It  has a huge internal library allowing the user to create 4 totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic.   It benefits from a full compliment of divisional thumb pistons and additional toe pistons. This organ also has a full 32 note pedal. For more information have a look at its specifications here.

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Understanding your Envoy, Regent and Sonus organ features http://viscountorgans.net/understanding-your-envoy-regent-and-sonus-organ-features/ http://viscountorgans.net/understanding-your-envoy-regent-and-sonus-organ-features/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 16:14:09 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7516 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 regional style with English, Baroque and French being the most commonly used.

All this sits within your standard instrument. The voicing of each stop voice can be undertaken just as you would with a pipe organ but there is much much more covering tuning styles and winding that replicates the effect on pitch that happens when the wind supply changes as more air is demanded as stops are added or more notes played. All this combines to produce a living sound that subtly varies every time you play different combinations of stops and notes. This is what makes our physically modelled instruments so realistic and enjoyable to play.

We have created a series of tutorial videos to help you with your instrument

Francis Rumsey at Blenheim

Francis Rumsey at Blenheim

Not everybody is determined to work through our instruction guides to find out how all this flexibility is managed. So we have produced a series of video tutorials to show how the features are managed and also what they do and explain why you may want to explore them to build your own personal preferred sound.

We have published the first 5 of these covering the topics of voices, tuning and winding. I am very grateful to Francis Rumsey who, as well as presenting the videos, has written the scripts and carried out the editing.

Francis is a highly experienced audio engineer as well as talented organist so we have been fortunate to find the ideal person to present and manage this project for us.

More videos are in production that will explain topics such as altering tremulants and reverberation. Programming the crescendo pedal or switching it off altogether. Features you may not have known were available or ones that you would use just once and then forget about.

Here is the series so far…

You will find the following videos in this Youtube Playlist  which will build month-on-month to form an extensive library of guidance we hope you will find informative. If you click on any of the videos below – you will go over to the YouTube Videos.

Introduction to Physis Voicing Flexibility

Modifying a Voicing Style,physis modelling

Physis Voicing Parameters,digital church organ

Tuning Options for Physis Organs

Advanced tuning, winding and touch

If there is a topic or question you have – and we haven’t covered it yet, please do get in contact with us – we would be pleased to add your question or topic to our tutorial videos.

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Recording Hymn of the Month http://viscountorgans.net/recording-hymn-of-the-month/ http://viscountorgans.net/recording-hymn-of-the-month/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 14:19:28 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7489 St Johns' Harpenden brighterFor 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 found on THIS LINK.

Envoy speakers near the altar brigtened

 

Last November our Envoy 35-F was set up in the lovely church of St John the Baptist in Harpenden which has a particular nice acoustic for a relatively small church. As you can see the speakers were set up near the alter directed high into the north and south chancel corners so a good reflected sound was heard in the body of the church. This is the instrument you have a chance of winning in our quiz. Have you played yet?

 

 

Jonathan at the console cameras in placeHymns were chosen with a seasonal presentation in mind and Jonathan was asked to add a typical final verse with more complex and interesting harmonies. Some were played from the Rawsthorne published editions and others made up as he went along.

 

We hope you will enjoy these new additions to our output and continue to view the tutorials (6 this year as last) on the Regent Classic Channel.      Here is a link to the  Hymn videos.

 

 

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Take an aural test – with a chance to win a new home practice organ http://viscountorgans.net/take-an-aural-test-with-a-chance-to-win-a-new-home-practice-organ/ http://viscountorgans.net/take-an-aural-test-with-a-chance-to-win-a-new-home-practice-organ/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 17:58:44 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=6898 As a fun challenge that runs until June 30th this year we have set up an online quiz. You can play for fun or have a chance to win our Envoy 35-F if you are resident in the UK, Northern Ireland or Eire.

What is the challenge?

We have 2 challenges – each comprising of ten audio pieces. Some are played on a pipe organ and some on a Viscount digital organ. Your task is to tell us which organ (pipe or digital) you think the pieces you listen to, are played on.

The pieces in each quiz are a mix of so this is a test of  your ear and our instrument!  You have a total of 1024 possible combinations of answers to each quiz. So guessing the solution will take quite some time!

How can you be “in to win”?

Click me to go to the Quiz PageIn order to have your name in the draw for the big prize of a home practice Viscount Digital Organ – you will need to correctly identify the 10 instruments. (See full terms and conditions on the Quiz Page).

If you just want to just “have a go” and have some fun – then you can just do the quiz no problem!

Do take part and see how good your hearing is or perhaps how good our physical modelling organ voices are? Whatever your opinion we hope that you enjoy the challenge and will share your result with your Facebook friends (perhaps create some healthy competition!)

We will announce the answers and the winner shortly after June 30th.  Good luck!

Regards from all the team at Viscount in Bicester.

 

OUR QUIZ IS NOW OVER LOOK OUT FOR THE WINNER WHO WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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Recital May 21st on the restored Bates pipe organ St Mary the Virgin Silchester http://viscountorgans.net/recital-may-21st-on-the-restored-bates-pipe-organ-st-mary-the-virgin-silchester/ http://viscountorgans.net/recital-may-21st-on-the-restored-bates-pipe-organ-st-mary-the-virgin-silchester/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 10:12:52 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7457 St Mary Silchester OrganOur managing director Jeremy Meager will be putting the newly restored Bates pipe organ at St Mary’s through its paces later this month at 7.30 pm on May 21st. As you see from the picture to the left this is a very pretty small 2 manual instrument believed to date from about 1770 and perhaps in 1840 moved by Bates & Sons of London to St Mary’s. While the history seems to be a little unclear you can see it is a charming instrument with a strong Georgian style to its design.

Jeremy’s programme will include works by Goss-Custard, Franck and Handel and he will conclude with the famous Toccata from Widor’s 5th Symphony. No mean feat for an organ of this age and range!

Refreshments will be served and entry is free but there will be a retiring collection for the organ restoration fund.

 

The organ specification is:-

Pedal Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f1  Keys 30
1 Bourdon 16
Great Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f3  Keys 54
2 Open Diapason 8
3 Stopped Diapason Bass 8
4 Clarabella Treble 8 TC
5 Viol di Gamba 8 TC
6 Principal 4
7 Flute 4
8 Fifteenth 2
9 Mixture III
10 Clarinet 8 TC
Swell Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f3  Keys 54 Enclosed
11 Open Diapason 8
12 Stopped Diapason 8
13 Salicional 8 TC
14 Principal 4
15 Cornopean 8
16 Oboe 8 TC
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Organ Recital, Lyle Kirk – 15 May 2016 http://viscountorgans.net/organ-recital-lyle-kirk-15-may-2016/ http://viscountorgans.net/organ-recital-lyle-kirk-15-may-2016/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 22:13:56 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7440 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 JW Murray OrganistDavid, 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 of both traditional organ pieces and transcriptions covering a wide variety of tuneful styles. A screen will be in place so you can watch David playing and have a great view of our Regent Classic Viscount Organ.

The recital starts at 3pm.

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Diocese of Leeds Music Day 25 June 2016 http://viscountorgans.net/diocese-of-leeds-music-day-25-june-2016/ http://viscountorgans.net/diocese-of-leeds-music-day-25-june-2016/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 13:03:32 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7427

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:
Trainers and Organists for Music Day

This is what you can expect from the day:

10.00am Registration and Coffee

10.15am   Singing Workshops ­
A brand new English Congregational Mass setting by John Duggan and a Gregorian Chant Mass for Sundays in Ordinary Time. Participants are invited to form a choir to sing Duggan’s Mass in the Cathedral at 12 noon (optional).

12.45­ to 1.30pm Lunch break (please note that lunch will not be provided on this occasion)

1.30 to­ 3.00pm Learn the organ ­
The Diocese of Leeds Organists Training Programme. This new organists training scheme is a partnership between the Diocese of Leeds and the Royal College of Organists and is aimed at new learners and improving players. The scheme will be introduced by RCO Chief Executive Philip Meaden and a practical workshop will follow with David Pipe, who has recently joined the Diocese of Leeds Music Team from York Minster.

Admission is free to all but places are limited and need to be booked in advance. A complimentary copy of John Duggan’s new congregational mass will be given to all participants and extra copies will be available for purchase on the day at a discounted rate.

How to book

To book for you or your group please email Eleanor Cully, the music administrator at Leeds Cathedral, with the number of tickets you want at office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk. Please do ensure that you do this as soon as possible to secure your places.

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Church of St Brides, Fleet Street choose Viscount http://viscountorgans.net/church-of-st-brides-fleet-street-choose-viscount/ http://viscountorgans.net/church-of-st-brides-fleet-street-choose-viscount/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 10:46:14 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7363 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 had existed on the site for over a millennium. It took nine years for St Bride’s to re-appear from the ashes under the inspired direction of Sir Christopher Wren. So it is an event not without considerable irony that in 1940, St Bride’s fell victim once again to flames as German incendiary bombs reduced Wren’s architectural jewel to a roofless shell. This time 17 years elapsed before rebuilding was completed.

View to west end croppedToday St Brides is once again the subject of major restoration activity but thankfully of merely a cosmetic nature. A full clean and repaint of the wonderful interior is underway and this necessitates the blocking up of the unusual ‘portholes’ in the west end wall that the the fine 4 manual Compton pipe organ speaks through. St Brides is perhaps unique among London churches with a very substantial pipe organ but not a single organ pipe in view to the congregation as you can see from the this picture. Do you know of any others? Do let us know.

 

View from scaffoldSpeakes on scaffoldWe have supplied our Regent 356 instrument and placed 8 speakers high up on the scaffolding that is being used to facilitate the roof and wall repainting. You can see our organ close to the Compton console on the south aisle in the picture to the left and the speakers in the picture to the right in their first location.

As the scaffolding was extended we were able to get the sound source into a much better location higher in the building and nearer the center of the nave. To get the best results from a digital organ location of the speakers is absolutely crucial and if possible getting reflected sound from a roof or wall to be the main impact. This we were able to do as the scaffolding was built higher in the church.

New speaker location

You can listen to the organ on THIS LINK but please excuse a lot of background noise as this is a busy church.

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[Hymn of the Month] ‘To God Be the Glory’ by William Howard Doane http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-by-doane/ http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-by-doane/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 09:58:18 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7403 Our tune this month is written by a most remarkable American William Howard Doane

William Howard DoaneDoane 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 the Woodstock Academy and musical talents enabled him to serve as the school’s choir director. As well as music he was a talented engineer and successfully filed many patents for woodmaking machinery.

Doane was a prolific composer of Christian hymn tunes. He edited forty-three collections of hymns and composed an estimated 2,300 works, including hundreds of original hymns and hymn settings. He is best known as a longtime collaborator of Fanny Crosby, having written music for an estimated 1,500 of Crosby’s poems.

Doane generously supported Baptist churches and institutions. During his lifetime and through bequests in his will, Doane’s philanthropy included Denison UniversityMoody Bible Institute, Baptist churches and the YMCA.

This is a simple but confident tune without complex harmony and is a favourite now across many denominations of worship.

This played on our Envoy 35-F which is a very popular church instrument.

More About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background

Jonathan KingstonJonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.

Jonathan’s Work With Viscount

Jonathan works with us as our very own inhouse organist – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. His playing features on the current promotional DVD material for Viscount, and he would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on jonkingston@hotmail.co.uk.

More About the Organ Being Played In This Demonstration

Jonathan plays this piece on our very own Envoy 35-F A ‘Physical Modelling’ based instrument with 35 stops in a real wood veneer cabinet. It  has a huge internal library allowing the user to create 4 totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic.   It benefits from a full compliment of divisional thumb pistons and additional toe pistons. This organ also has a full 32 note pedal. For more information have a look at its specifications here.

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Recital St Margaret Mary Southampton 7.00pm April 23rd http://viscountorgans.net/recital-st-margaret-mary-southampton-7-00pm-april-23rd/ http://viscountorgans.net/recital-st-margaret-mary-southampton-7-00pm-april-23rd/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:07:53 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7357 Paul InwoodWe 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 to the present day.

Paul is also one of those clever musicians that can improvise so think of theme and you may get to set part of the programme. My colleague Jeremy will be there but I regret that I will miss a performance that includes the Dubois Toccata, one of my favorite pieces.

 

This is the Golden Jubilee year of the church so we really hope you can get along and support the occasion.

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[Hymn of the Month] Ellacombe http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-ellacombe/ http://viscountorgans.net/hymn-of-the-month-ellacombe/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:08:03 +0000 http://viscountorgans.net/?p=7330 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.

Since its inclusion in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, where it was set to John Daniell’s children’s hymn “Come, Sing with Holy Gladness,” its use throughout the English-speaking world has spread.

This played on our Envoy 35-F which is a very popular church instrument.

More About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background

Jonathan KingstonJonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.

Jonathan’s Work With Viscount

Jonathan works with us as our very own inhouse organist – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. His playing features on the current promotional DVD material for Viscount, and he would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on jonkingston@hotmail.co.uk.

More About the Organ Being Played In This Demonstration

Jonathan plays this piece on our very own Envoy 35-F A ‘Physical Modelling’ based instrument with 35 stops in a real wood veneer cabinet. It  has a huge internal library allowing the user to create 4 totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic.   It benefits from a full compliment of divisional thumb pistons and additional toe pistons. This organ also has a full 32 note pedal. For more information have a look at its specifications here.

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