Tag Archives: Music

Homage to Francis Jackson (1917-2022)

I have just done a video in homage to Dr Francis Jackson. I have had a little correspondence with some of the old York people I knew in the 1970’s – those who are still alive and remember that “community” … Continue reading

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Dr Francis Jackson (1917-2022)

I have just found out that Dr Francis Jackson, organist of York Minster from 1946 to 1982, passed away yesterday at the age of 104 years. He was one of the greatest inspirations to me as a schoolboy and it … Continue reading

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Young Organists

This is Richard McWeigh, an English cathedral musician who is popularising organ music and a simple spirituality on YouTube. We are blessed by modern technology in giving us the Hauptwerk organ, recordings of each note and each stop of a … Continue reading

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The Lost Chord

In the early 1990’s a friend in London introduced me to a periodical and a series of cassette tapes intended to reproduce the style of the BBC Home Service of before World War II. I wrote about this stuff long … Continue reading

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If Music be the Food of Love…

I have just been listening to a conversation between three French priests and two informed layman on a YouTube forum by the name of Club des Hommes en Noir hosted by the French Catholic journal L’Homme Nouveau. Que signifie “être … Continue reading

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Exclusivity

Exclusivity / inclusivity, these are two buzz words that often determine the relationship between an individual person and a corporate entity like a local or wider church. One of my brother priests has done a YouTube talk on commitment in … Continue reading

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The Little Renaissance

It is quite tongue in cheek that I coin such a notion about a period of time that contained so much in the way of spiritual, musical and cultural activity, the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first … Continue reading

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The Organ sings again

We are almost at the anniversary of when I went to London with a large van to bring another organ to France. In late January of this year, I wrote the melancholy A New Purpose after the main article on … Continue reading

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Combat de la Mort et de la Vie

I went today to an organ recital at St Ouen in Rouen, where there is just about the finest Cavaillé-Coll organ ever built. The recital was played by Thomas Lacôte, titular organist of the Holy Trinity church in Paris where … Continue reading

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York Minster organ specification revealed

I mentioned some time ago that the organ of York Minster was being restored to more or less its 1931 specification. The project is due to be completed in 2020. This is an exciting development. Specification from Harrison & Harrison.

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