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| ||'This project followed the compilation of a list of historic and important organs in the Diocese of Southwark prompted by the Newman Report. The authors were Dr Harry Bramma, Barrie Clark and Dr William McVicker, Organ Advisers to the Diocese of Southwark. They teamed up with David Titterington, Head of Organ Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and Southwark and South London Society of Organists, as all parties realised the value of a scheme to record for posterity significant instruments in Southwark and beyond, whilst at the same time giving students the opportunity to gain experience not only of recording but also of matching chosen repertoire to the style of the individual instruments. We are delighted, therefore, to present this unique recording.|
'The project has not been without its challenges ...'
Checked on 08/01/2009
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| ||'The NPOR contains specifications of the majority of pipe organs in the United Kingdom. For many of these, there are photographs and there is a growing collection of sound recordings by courtesy of the Historic Sound Archive (HOSA) project.' To date around 28,000 organs have been documented, including 6,000 pictures. The website has an interesting section giving 'activity graphs' of usage and maintenance of the NPOR databases.|
The NPOR project is guided by members of the Council of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS). Another initiative is the Historic Organs Certificate Scheme (HOCS), which is run by BIOS with the aim of giving "listings" to historically significant instruments. There is also a Directory of British Organ Builders (DBOB) which 'aims to list every organ builder who ever worked in the British Isles, from the earliest times to the middle of the twentieth century'.
Checked on 29/03/2009
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'Divided into two parts, Organa Britannica provides in the first: a short history, a description of source material, a detailed glossary of terms, indexes of short and long biographies on organ builders and groups of organ builders, and a classification of species of organ cases by type. The second part provides a detailed inventory of early British organs, organized geographically. Illustrated.
Organa britannica: organs in Great Britain 1660-1860 : a complete edition of the Sperling notebooks and drawings in the Library of the Royal College of Organists. By James Boeringer, Andrew Freeman, Royal College of Organists (Great Britain). Library, Organ Club (London, England). Library
Edition: illustrated. Published by Bucknell University Press, 1983
ISBN 0838718949, 9780838718940
Checked on 06/04/2009
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| ||'As of 2006 there are some 50 instruments on the Island, including five house organs, from a range of builders, some well-known in the UK and others almost completely unknown off Island. Numerically the firms of Moses Morgan of Douglas (workshop at St. George's Walk) and later of Manchester, Henry Hewitt of Leicester and Peter Jones of St.John's are the most significant but there are representative instruments of many other makers. Recently installed instruments include the Walker organ at St.Anthony's, Onchan, and the Harrison and Harrison in St.George's, Douglas, and the very attractive portable continuo organ by Peter Jones at the Erin Arts' Centre in Port Erin (he is also responsible for some four house organs). I must, at this point, acknowledge the considerable help given by Peter Jones, based in St John's since 1979, who besides constructing new instruments also maintains all the instruments on the Island and has renovated many ...'|
Checked on 06/04/2009
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| ||Attractively presented details of almost 100 organs, many with photographs, organized geographically by County. 19 of the organs have been awarded Historic Organ Certificates by the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS).|
Checked on 04/04/2009
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| ||'A dairy door in a 17th-century house in Wetheringsett, Suffolk, and a piece of decaying timber found behind old pews and lumber in the churchyard shed at Wingfield, Suffolk, have transformed our knowledge and understanding of the pre-Reformation English organ.|
'The door and the timber proved to be the remains of two soundboards (or windchests) from English organs made before the Reformation. Using additional evidence from early organs in Southern France and Spain, from surviving music and the archives, it has been possible to build up a reliable scheme for these two organs – and to build them anew ...'
Checked on 22/03/2009