Friday Night Organ: Christmas at All Saints Church Oystermouth, The Mumbles Swansea. Or Somewhere the hell in Wales.  

 

The Evil Genius
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21/12/2018 4:50 pm  

Since we’re going to be intimately acquainted with this organ by evenings end lets get some background. The first organ of two manuals and pedals was installed at All Saints in 1873 by the firm Postill of York. It was a gift of the Crawshay family and cost £590. Many of the original pipes (noted with *) are of such quality that they are still used today in the present organ. Abbott and Smith tonally altered and enlarged the organ in 1890 to a design by Thomas Camidge who was the organist at the time. There was a major rebuild and enlargement in 1916 by Peter Conacher. The instrument then contained 1,674 pipes. Mr David Price, organist at All Saints for over 30 years, supervised an overhaul and electrification in 1951 by Hill, Norman and Beard. J W Walker and Co. were given the task of renovating the instrument in 1972 at a cost of £3,204 when the enclosed Choir Organ was converted into a Positive Organ. In 1997-8 the organ was completely cleaned, rebuilt, renovated and improved by Daniel and Co. with a major grant from the Arts Council of Wales. The work was overseen by Mr. Chris Waring Davies, then Director of Music. The rebuild cost £103,000. It is now a very fine concert instrument with a wealth of sounds. A feature of the present organ is the voicing of the choir organ, which is designed as a Baroque Positive organ that not only provides an alternative chorus to the traditionally voiced Great and Swell, but in combination with them provides a thrilling, powerful and brilliant fortissimo. (+) denotes new digital stops 2009 (Phoenix Organs)

Great (Manual I)

Large Open Diapason  8

Small Open Diapason* 8

Clarabella* 8

Dulciana* 8

Principal* 4

Harmonic Flute 4

Fifteenth* 2

Mixture III 19.22.26

Trumpet 8

Clarion (ext) 4

Couplers Swell to Great Choir to Great

Swell (Manual II)

Open Diapason*  8

Rohr Flöte  8

Viole d’ Orchestra 8

Voix Celeste (TC) 8

Gemshorn* 4

Fifteenth  2

Mixture III 15.19.22

Contra Clarinet 16

Cornopean* 8

Oboe*  8

Tremulant

Choir (Manual III)

Lieblich Gedacht  8

Principal  4

Nazard   2 2/3

Block Flote  2

Scharf  II  26.29

Trumpet (from Gt) 8

Coupler Swell to Choir

Pedal

Sub Bourdon+  32

Harmonic Bass  32

Open Diapason* (wood) 16

Violone+ 16

Bourdon*  16

Principal (metal) 8

Bass Flute (ext)  8

Fifteenth (ext) 4

Octave Flute (ext) 4

Contra Trombone+ 32

Trombone 16

Trumpet (ext from Gt) 8

Clarion (ext from Gt)  4

Couplers Great to Pedal Swell to Pedal Choir to Pedal

Six pistons to manuals

Eight general pistons

Great and Pedal pistons combined

Eight channels to manual pistons

Eight channels to general pistons

Now On to the Music!

Silent Night

In the Bleak Midwinter

We three Kings

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Forest Green

Away in the Manger

God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen

Angels from the Realms of Glory

The First Noel

In Dulci Jubilo

O’ Come all ye Faithful

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Joy to the World

 

Sorry English guys but I have to put some German music in here:

“O du fröhliche”

And some traditional German carols:

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

 


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21/12/2018 4:53 pm  

Swansea is in South wales.

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21/12/2018 5:07 pm  

Being an atheist, I don't do Christmas but I respect the skill involved in playing the organ.

I went to a few of the lunchtime recitals this autumn.

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The Evil Genius
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21/12/2018 6:06 pm  

The only organist I've ever seen with comparable pedal work is Cameron Carpenter. 


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22/12/2018 2:10 am  

My parents would play a Christmas album by Stan Kenton, which featured very good jazz musicians giving the standard Christmas songs the Be Bop treatment which means much complexity and variety of an avant garde jazz nature was added. Christmas songs now sound rather dull to me if they don't have such a jazz treatment. Here is a sample.

This is one of my favorite versions:

The mellophones really shine on this track!


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22/12/2018 10:13 pm  

Wow.  The write up and history is great!  I was playing some of this for the fight club, but I eventually started playing carousel music...

 

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