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RECORDED 1947 - 2012


[1] & [2] J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Wedge Prelude & Fugue Rec. 21/8/2003 [16.20]
[3] Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Naiads Rec. August 2009 [5.56]
[4] Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Fantasia & Toccata [13.36]
Rec. August 2002
[5]-[7] Francis Jackson (b1917) Fantasy & Fugue (Clarkenwell) Opus 155 (2007)
Rec. August 2009 1st published recording [15.14]
[8] Francis Jackson The Sweet Rivelet (1974)
from The Hovingham Sketches Rec. 4/8/2012
Francis Jackson Sonata Five in C minor Opus 140 (2003) [23.43]
[9] Moderato [10] Scherzetto [11] Canzona [12] Allegro
Rec. 21/8/2003 1st published recording
CD One recorded by Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings,
apart from track 8 recorded by Gerco Schaap.

Francis Jackson Sonata Six for Organ Opus 148 (2004) [17.48]
[1] Molto moderato [2] Andante [3] Moderato Rec. 21/8/2004 (b) 1st published recording
[4] J. S. Bach The Saint Anne Prelude in E flat Off air from B.B.C. broadcast 1955 [8.21]
[5] James Nares (1715-1783) Introduction & Fugue in E flat Rec. 1983 (c) [5.24]
[6] Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874-1946) Prelude on the plainsong "Vexilla Rex"
Rec 1983 (c) [3.45]
[7] Thomas Tertius Noble (1867-1953) Fantasy on "Leoni" (The God of Abraham Praise)
Rec 1983 (c) [6.39]
[8] Philip Moore (b 1943) Soliloquy Rec. 1983 (c) [5.49]
[9] Heathcote Statham (1889-1973) Rhapsody in C (1927) Rec 1966 (c) [6.26]
[10] Francis Jackson Improvisation December 1947 [4.07]
From B.B.C. 78 r.p.m. acetate transcription disc 1st published recording
[11] Francis Jackson Fanfare in B flat Opus 18 Rec 1951
from 78 r.p.m. Eboracum commercial disc E 108 [1.21]
[12] George Thalben-Ball Edwardia from The Hovingham Sketches Rec. 4/8/2012 (a) [3.30]
[13] & [14] J. S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in G B.W.V. 614 Rec. 4/8/2012 (a) [9.24]
[15] Francis Jackson Impromptu Opus 5 (1944) Rec Hull City Hall, 16 January 1986 (a) [5.53]
From Amhion cassette tape PHI 007/CD PHI CD 180: The Composer Plays Francis Jackson

(TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 2 hours 41 minutes and 25 seconds

CD Two recorded by a) Martin J. Monkman. b) David Rogers c) John Rothera
Recorded, produced & graphic design by Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings.

The Recordings
All the recordings on these CDs are 'Live' i.e. given at recitals. The earliest recordings heard in this collection were made using one of the most primitive methods of recording sound, the 78 r.p.m. disc, and go right through to modern digital sound. The two examples of 78 r.p.m. discs are found on CD 2 tracks 10 and 11. In the case of track 10, this recording was made by the B.B.C. as part of a number of test recordings they made of the organ and choir of York Minster during 1947 and 1948. These were recorded on 13 inch acetate B.B.C. transcription discs, revolving at 78 r.p.m. The other 78 r.p.m. recording on track 11 was recorded and issued commercially in 1951 on the Eborcaum label recorded by Cyril Dalby, Radio Relay of York. It was recorded first on spool tape and then transferred to 78 r.p.m. record for sale to the public. It formed part of a series of records which featured the organ and choir at York. It dates from the time when the L.P. was first starting to make an impact in this country. By 1955 the 78 r.p.m. record was more or less a thing of the past, as the vinyl 45 and 331/3 r.p.m. records where replacing it in common use.
The rest of the recordings are made on tape, analogue or digital, spool or cassette. The earliest example of analogue spool tape heard here is track 4 CD 2, an off air recording from B.B.C. A.M. radio. The year this recording was made, 1955, the B.B.C. started to introduce F.M. or V.H.F. radio transmissions in the south east of the country which later that year spread to the rest of the nation.
Tracks 5 to 8 CD 2 are examples of how the analogue cassette tape introduced in the 1960s had advanced, and for domestic use it was now equal in quality to that of the domestic spool tape recorder. Track 15, CD 2, is the only track not from York, and has been included because of the high standard of performance. All other tracks are recorded digitally, in this instance using Digital Audio Tape, D.A.T.
These recordings are issued by Amphion to celebrate the 95th birthday of Dr Jackson.
My thanks go to Doctors Jackson and Lindley. David Rogers of Doncaster & Gerco Schaap of The Netherlands provided some of the recordings. Colin Charnley of Warton helped with the proof reading.
Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings, 1 September 2012

PHI CD 226: The Doncaster Schulze

St. George's Minster, Doncaster

Paul Derrett - organ

[1-14] Johann Gottlob Töpfer (1791-1870)
Variations on 'Vive Henri Quatre' [11.50]
[15] Gustav Merkel (1827-1885)
Adagio in E [in free style] Op.35 [6.40]
[16-17] Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Fantasia and Fugue 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' [27.03]
[18] J.S.Bach (1685-1750) (arr. Karg Elert)
Shepherd's Music (from 'The Christmas Oratorio') [5.47]
[19-21] Gordon Phillips (1908-1991)
Suite in F minor Pontifical March - Minuet - Toccata [11.07]
[22] Wilfrid Sanderson (1878-1935)
Allegretto in C [1.19]
[23] David Rogers (b.1957)
Toccata Jubilosa [3.32]
[24] Magnus Black (1930-1998)
Pastorale in E [3.21]
[25] Bedrich Wiedermann (1883-1951)
Impetuoso [5.36]
Paul Derrett and Amphion Recordings are most grateful to Canon Christopher Smith, (Vicar of St.George's), Andrew Wilson, (Organist and Choirmaster) Christopher Clay, (Head Virger and Parish Clerk) June Dudgeon, (Assistant Virger) and Andrew Carter, (Organ Builder) for their kind assistance in the making of this recording.

Sources for the notes include 'The Schulze Dynasty' by Brian Hughes, published by Musical Opinion Ltd., and the church website

Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings, October, 2008

Released 15/3/2010

Paul Derrett
Through broadcasts, his many recordings and over 400 recitals since 1981, Paul Derrett has established himself as one of the leading players in this country. A prize-winner of The Royal College of Organists, he studied at The Royal College of Music with Nicholas Danby, Richard Popplewell and Herbert Howells, but also trained as an organ-builder and this explains his reputation for being able to display each organ to best effect. Paul particularly enjoys reviving interest in neglected works and suggestions for additions to his repertoire are always welcomed. Recital venues in 2009 included nine cathedrals, amongst them St.Paul's Cathedral, London. His website can be found at

PHI CD 225: Music from Castle Howard

Choral & Instrumental Music Medieval to Modern

Simon Lindley Organ
Francis Jackson Organ & Piano
Christopher Rathbone Piano
St Peters Singers
The Choir of Leeds Parish Church
Victoria Sharp Soprano

Two CD Set - £12.99

Total Playing Time: 2 Hours and 37 Minutes

Simon Lindley - Organ Recorded in the Chapel
[1]-[2] J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Joseph Fiocco:
[3] Andante & [4] La Légère
[5] Johannes Brahms: Chorale Prelude: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen from Op 122
[6] Pietro A. Yon: Humoresque 'L'organo primitivo' - Toccatina for the flute
Benedetto Marcello:
[7] Voluntary on Psalm 18
[8] Voluntary on Psalm 20
[9] Bernardo Pasquini: Partite sopra l' aria della Follia da Espagna
[10] Antonio Valente: La Romanesca (Napoli, 1575)
[11] Geoffrey Burgon: Theme from Brideshead Revisited
St Peter's Singers Directed by Simon Lindley Recorded in the Chapel
[12] Thomas Morley: Sing we and chant it
[13] Robert Pearsall: Lay a garland
[14] Arthur Sullivan: The long day closes
[15] Vaughan Williams: The dark eyed sailor
[16] Vaughan Williams: Just as the tide was flowing
[17] Charles V. Stanford: The blue bird Op. 119, No.
The Choir of Leeds Parish Church Directed by Simon Lindley
David Houlder - Organ Recorded in the Chapel

[18] Charles V. Stanford: Magnificat & [19] Nunc Dimittis in B flat
Francis Jackson at the Bösendorfer Piano Recorded in the Long Gallery
[20] Billy Mayerl: Marigold
[21] Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Francis Jackson - Organ Recorded in the Chapel
[22]-[25] Léon Boëllmann: Suite Gothique Op 25

The Choir of Leeds Parish Church Directed by Simon Lindley
David Houlder - Organ Recorded in the Chapel

[1] Charles Wood: O Thou the Central Orb Music Words by H.R. Bramley
[2] J.S. Bach: Jesu, joy of mans desiring from Cantata No.147
Christopher Rathbone at the historic 1830 Erard Piano
Recorded in the Long Gallery

Chopin: [3] Waltz in C sharp Op. 64 No. 2 [4] Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No.4
[5] Fauré: Nocturne Op. 84 No. 8 in D flat
Victoria Sharp - Soprano & Christopher Rathbone at the Bösendorfer Piano
Recorded in the Long Gallery

[6] Anything goes Words & Music by Cole Porter
[7] Love is here to stay Words & Music by George & Ira Gershwin
[8] They can't take that away from me Words & Music by George & Ira Gershwin
[9] Isn't this a Lovely Day? Words & Music by Irving Berlin
[10] Just the way you look to-night Music by Jerome Kern Words by Dorothy Fields
[11] I'll build a stairway to paradise Music by George Gershwin
Words by B.G. De Silva & Arthur Francis
Christopher Rathbone at the Bösendorfer piano Recorded in the Long Gallery
[12] Brahms: Intermezzo in B flat Op.117 No.2
[13] Delius: Prelude No.1
Vaughan Williams from Six Short Pieces: [14] Slow Dance & [15] Quick Dance
[16] Balfour Gardiner: Gavotte
Debussy: [17] La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes, Book One
[18] Golliwogg's Cake-Walk from Children's Corner Suite
[19] Percy Grainger: Handel in the Strand [20] Country Gardens
Christopher Rathbone from Twenty five little preludes for piano solo:
[21] No.3 in G major [22] No.4 in E minor [23] No.5 in D major [24] No.7 in A major

Madeleine Dring from Colour Suite:
[25] Blue Air and [26] Yellow Hammers
Simon Lindley - organ Recorded in the Chapel
[27] César Franck: Choral No 3
The Choir of Leeds Parish Church directed by Simon Lindley
David Houlder - Organ Recorded in the Chapel

[28] H. Balfour Gardiner: Evening Hymn

Recorded July & August 2005 at Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Recorded, produced & graphic design by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings.
Amphion Recordings expresses thanks to the Honourable Simon Howard for kindly permitting these recordings to be made, and to members of the staff at Castle Howard who assisted the performers during the recording sessions.
The Instruments:
The two pianos heard on these CDs are located in the Long Gallery and benefit from the favourable acoustic.
The Erard Piano is in a Rosewood case and the serial number indicates that it was built in Paris around 1830. This model with a wooden soundboard in a metal case, comes from the transitional period before all metal inside became normal. The piano is eight feet in length.
The Bösendorfer Piano is a hand built seven foot Grand with a walnut satin finish. It was purchased in 1991 and is an outstanding example of modern piano design. The piano has two extra notes in the bass register and a third pedal which sustains bass notes.
The Harrison & Harrison Organ in the Chapel was installed in 1873
The construction of Castle Howard was begun in 1699 when Charles, Third Earl of Carlisle engaged the architects Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor,
The Long Gallery where the pianos are situated, is in the west wing of the house and was completed after Vanbrugh's death in 1726 to a design by the Fourth Earl's brother in law, Sir Thomas Robinson, in the Palladian style. From that time up to the present day, Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family.
Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings, September 2009.

Released 9/9/09


PHI CD 224: Organ works of Henry Smart performed by Graham Barber on the 1882 John Nicholson organ at St. Christforuskerk, Schagen, Holland

A Series of Organ Pieces in Various Styles
[1] Con moto
[2] Moderato con moto (3-part study)
[3] Fantasia with Choral
[4] Allegro moderato (A major)
[5] Con moto moderato (en forme d'Ouverture)

Three Andantes, Set 1
[6] Andante in A major
[7] Andante in F major
[8] Andante in C major

Two Trios
[9] Con moto in F
[10] Andante alla pastorella in F

[11]-[18] Chorale with variations

Recorded on 19 & 20 April 2005
Recording Engineer: Tim Banks
Console assistant: Elli Glarou
Produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Released 6/12/08

Originally built for St. Mary Magdalene's church, Worcester in 1882, the organ was transferred to St. Christoforuskerk, Schagen in North Holland, and restored there by J. C. Bishop and Son in 1981. It has all the advantages of the medium-sized, nineteenth-century English organ including mechanical action, a varied palette of orchestral tone colours and registration aids (three Combination Pedals to Swell and three to Great). Sited on the floor on the north side of the church it speaks without impediment into the resonant space. The singing quality of the organ is very special and the mechanical action is responsive and stimulating. Each stop is full of character when drawn alone and adds tangibly to the plenum in combination. The stop list corresponds quite closely to Smart's organ at St. Lukeís, Old Street (rebuilt Gray and Davison, 1844) while also showing some features of his later instrument at St. Pancras (also rebuilt Gray and Davison, 1865). However, in terms of tonal pedigree, a closer comparison is with the Nicholson organ now at Portsmouth Cathedral, originally built for Manchester Cathedral (1861).

Since his solo début in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Graham Barber has been recognised as one of Britain's leading concert organists. Reviewing his first recording at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Sunday Times described him as 'a technically brilliant, musically mature organist.' He has made many subsequent recordings both in English cathedrals (Coventry, Norwich, Salisbury, Hereford, Ripon and Truro) and in German and Dutch cathedrals and churches (Altenberg, Ingolstadt, Osnabrück, Limburg, Villingen and Leeuwarden), and has been described in Gramophone magazine as 'one of the organ world's finest recording artists.' He has also made many recordings for BBC Radio 3.
Graham Barber has played in most major venues in Britain, as well as in Europe, the Far East, Australia and the United States. Concerts include those at the Smetana Hall in Prague; St. Michael's Church, Leipzig; three concerts in Portugal at Braga, Lisbon and Coimbra; the Elder Hall in Adelaide; King's College, Cambridge; Stanford and Fresno Universities; Notre Dame, Paris and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Recording projects for Priory Records have included music by Herbert Howells, the complete organ works of Percy Whitlock, C17/18 German and Dutch music on the Müller organ of the Jacobijnerkerk, Leeuwarden, and Edwardian Music at Ripon Cathedral. For ASV he has recorded music by J. S. Bach, Böhm, Buxtehude, and Krebs, and for Hyperion by Reger, Franz Schmidt and Victorian composers.
Graham Barber has performed with most major U.K. orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool, the BBC Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has played under the baton of many celebrated conductors including Edward Downes, Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Charles Mackerras, Georg Solti, Jan Pascal Tortelier and David Willcocks. Professor of Performance Studies at the University of Leeds, Graham Barber is also Visiting Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and Organist at St. Bartholomew's Church, Armley. He has given masterclasses in Weimar, Enschede, Braga, Lisbon, Moscow and Cologne.

PHI CD 223: Organ Showcase Volume Three Hull City Hall John Pemberton - organ


[1] David N. Johnson - Trumpet Tune in C major
[2]-[4] William Hayes - Concerto in G major

[5]-[6] J.S. Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
[7] Tylman Susato - Mohrentanz
[8] Dietrich Buxtehude - Fugue in C major (Bux WV 174)
[9] Johann P. Kellner - Chorale Prelude (Was Gott, das ist wohlgetan)
[10] Camille Saint-Saëns - Fantasie in E flat
[11] Enrico Pasini - Cantabile in F major
[12]-[15] Edward Elgar Organ Sonata in G major (Op 28)


Released 15 July 2008

This programme and its duration have been chosen to reflect the type of music which is being enjoyed by the regular audiences at the "Organ ShowCase" series held monthly at the City Hall on Wednesdays at 12.30 pm. For further details please visit Hull City Hall website: E mail:

Produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings.

Thanks are expressed to Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and to the staff of Hull City Hall for their help and encouragement with the making of this recording: Tony Ridley, City Hall Manager; Olwyn Hall, House Manager; Richard Mobbs, Stage Manager; Tony Evans, House Electrician and also to Graham Smails who tunes and maintains the City Hall Organ.

Born at Stratford - on - Avon in 1941 and educated at Brighton College, it was whilst at school in Brighton that John came under the inspiring influence of the then Director of Music, Philip Dore (later of Ampleforth College) who gave him his early introduction to the organ. This was followed by study with a number of teachers, including George Austin, culminating in the ARCM and FTCL diplomas, both for Organ Performance. He studied Medicine at King's College, University of London and retired from the profession in 1999.
John has been connected with parish church music for over fifty-six years, as a choirboy, assistant organist and in various appointments as organist and choirmaster and has also given numerous organ recitals. He served for 20 years on the RSCM Lincoln area committee and more recently as the RSCM Area Education Officer, a post he relinquished in September 1999. He has provided the organ accompaniment for many RSCM festivals as well as supervising introductory courses for organists.
For the past 16 years he has been Organs Adviser to the Lincoln Diocese and was appointed Curator of the Organ at Hull City Hall in 2003. Since then lunchtime organ music has been re-instated as the 'Organ Showcase Series' which takes place at 12.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month August and September excepted.
He has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of the prestigious journal 'Organists' Review' which enjoys an international circulation. During his busy life, John has found time to construct two pipe organs for his personal use.

PHI CD 222: English Organ Music from St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol performed by Paul Derrett

Edward Bairstow (1874-1946) Toccata-Prelude on 'Pange Lingua'
Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971) Fugue-Trilogy on E.G.B.
William Henry Harris (1883-1973) A Fancy
William Boyce (1710-1779) Symphony in F

Richard Drakeford (b.1936) Scherzetto
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
Fantasy and Fugue 'The Wanderer'
Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Six Pieces
Preludio 'Sine Nomine'
Sarabande (for the Morning of Easter)
Master Tallis's Testament
Fugue, Chorale and Epilogue
Sarabande (In Modo Elegiaco)

Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Recorded on the evening of 5 October 2004

Paul Derrett and Amphion Recordings are grateful to the following for their help with this project: Revd. Tony Whatmough (Vicar of St. Mary's), Andrew Kirk (Director of Music), Duncan Bennett (Organ Tuner), Tony Reynolds and Crispin John (Vergers),
Douglas Carrington and Mona Benson.
Released 3/3/08

Through broadcasts, over 500 public recitals since 1981 and more than twenty solo CDs, Paul Derrett has established himself as one of the leading players in this country. Recitals have been given in France, Holland and Germany and his recordings are regularly broadcast in many countries. Venues in 2006 included ten cathedrals, amongst which were Liverpool (Anglican), Westminster (R.C.), York Minster and Bordeaux Cathedral, France. He studied at The Royal College of Music with Herbert Howells, Richard Popplewell and Nicholas Danby but also trained as an organ-builder which explains his reputation for being able to display each organ to best effect. Paul particularly enjoys reviving interest in neglected works and suggestions for additions to his repertoire are always welcome. Until recently, Paul was organist and director of music at the largest parish church in the U.K., Holy Trinity, Hull. Paul's website is at

PHI CD 221: Organ Showcase Volume Two Hull City Hall Roger Fisher plays music by Bach & Vierne


J S Bach (1685- 1750)
[1]-[2] Prelude and Fugue in C major (BWV 545)
[3] Chorale Prelude: "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" (BWV 659)
[4]-[5] Prelude and Fugue in B minor (BWV 544) [12.32]
[6] Chorale Prelude: "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend" (BWV 655)
(Lord Jesus Christ, turn Thou to us)
[7]-[8] Prelude & Fugue in A major (BWV 536)

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphony no 2 in E minor, opus 20
[9] Allegro [10] Choral [11] Scherzo [12] Cantabile [13] Final
Console assistant: Gillian Fisher
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Recorded at Hull City Hall, 15 & 16 January 2007


Released 14/11/07

Thanks are expressed to Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and to the staff of Hull City Hall for their help and encouragement with the making of this recording: Tony Ridley, City Hall Manager, Olwyn Hall, House Manager, Richard Mobbs, stage manager, Lee Greaves & Paul Broadie, technicians, Tony Evans & Mike Redley, house electricians & also to Graham Smails of Cousans Organs who tunes & maintains the City Hall Organ. Thanks also to John Pemberton, the Organ Curator of Hull City Hall for all his help during the recording of this CD.

PHI CD 220: The Better Land Volume Six Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1912-1970


[1] That Old-Fashioned Mother of Mine (David / Nicholls) Master Thomas Criddle with organ accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1057 Rec. 4/5/1943
[2] I give thanks for you (Linton / Young) Master Thomas Criddle
with piano accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1074 Rec. 12/1/1944
[3] Rejoice greatly (Handel - Messiah) Master Walter Lawrence with orchestra. Columbia 430 pre-electric recording 18/11/1912
[4] Come unto Him (Handel - Messiah) Master Robert Waddell
with organ accomp. Parlophone E.11477 Rec. 14/5/1950
[5] How beautiful are the feet (Handel - Messiah) Master John Gwilym Griffith with double string quartet & flute accomp. Columbia 5489 Rec. 1929
[6] I know that my Redeemer liveth (Handel - Messiah) Master Mansel Squire
with organ accomp. by Felton Rapley. Decca X.420 Rec. 9/5/1950
[7] Danny Boy (F.E. Weatherly / Old Irish tune Londonderry Air)
Master Desmond Casey - advertised as "The Phenomenal Australian Boy Soprano" with orchestra. Parlophone R.1442 Rec. 1932
[8] Drink to me only with thine eyes (Ben Jonson / traditional English air)
Master John Gwilym Griffith with double string quartet accomp.
Columbia 5489 Rec. 1929
[9] Brother James' Air (Psalm 23 / Marosa by J.L.M. Bain, arr. G. Jacobs)
Masters Michael Lumb & John Evans-Pughe with organ accomp. by Sir Sydney Nicholson. Issued on the Red Label 'School of English Church Music' ROX series190 and recorded in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Holborn, London 4/6/1939
[10] O lovely peace (Handel - Judas Maccabeus) Masters John Evans-Pughe & Michael Lumb and the Choristers of St. Nicholas' College, Chiselhurst, Kent.
Details as track [9]
[11] Song of Songs (Lucas / Moya) Master Frank Bird
with instrumental accomp. Columbia FB.2157 Rec. 1939
[12] Villanelle (The Lark's Song, sung in French) (F. van der Elst / Eva Dell'Acqua) Master Walter Lawrence with orchestra.
Columbia 430 pre-electric recording 23/8/1912
[13] A Tragic Story (Thackeray / Britten) Master Billy Neely with piano accomp. by Havelock Nelson. "Off-air" recording from BBC Children's Hour 8/9/1949 #
[14] Sheep may safely graze (Bach BWV 208: transl. Davis & arr. Kramer)
Master Robin Fairhurst with organ accomp. by Charles Smart.
Decca 45-71069 Rec. 1954
[15] Where'er you walk (Handel - Semele) Master Robin Fairhurst.
Details as track [14]
[16] The Tailor and the Mouse (traditional) Master Robin Fairhurst.
Unaccompanied and announced by himself. Rec. live in concert 1957 #
[17] Ave Maria (sung in English) (Gounod) Master Raymond Kinsey
with organ accomp. Arnold Grier HMV C.2629 Rec. Sept. 1933
[18] Turn Thy face from my sins (Attwood) Master Vernon Carter
with organ accomp. by Frederick Carter.
Rec. in St. Patrick's C. of I. Cathedral, Armagh, 1961 #
[19] Tell me, Lovely Shepherd (E. Moore / W. Boyce -- Solomon)
Master Christopher Robins. Rec. 1952 #
[20] Santa Lucia (Traditional) Master Richard Bonsall
with piano accomp. by Alan Pow. Rec. 1970
[21] Daddy (Mark-Lemon / Behrend) Master Thomas Criddle
with organ accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1057 Rec. 4/5/1943
[22] I shall be there (Bowler / Haydn Wood) Master Thomas Criddle
with piano accomp. by Andrew Fenner. HMV BD.1074 Rec. 18/12/1943
# Denotes recording is issued for the first time
Complied & produced by Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings.
Amphion Recordings gratefully acknowledges the help of the following people in the preparation of this album: Frederick Appleby, Martin Carson, and Colin Brownlee, who have provided records; Edward Reid Power, who has written the Foreword and given invaluable editorial advice; Roger Beardsley, for the restoration of Billy Neely's disc. Grateful acknowledgement is also made to all the featured artistes, in whose honour this album is produced.
Stephen Beet has researched and compiled the discs and has been responsible for the writing and compilation of this booklet. He would add especial thanks to Martin Monkman, the far-sighted proprietor of Amphion Recordings, who had the faith to undertake this project in 1998.

PHI CD 219: Organ Music from the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow Roger Fisher - organ

 [1] Richard Francis (born: 1946):
[2]-[3] William Walond (1725-1770):
Voluntary no 1 in E major
(from 10 Voluntaries for Organ or Harpsichord - 1758)
[4]-[15] Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Chorale Partita "Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig" (BWV 768)
[16]-[17] J.S. Bach:
Prelude and Fugue in D major (BWV 532)
[18] Herbert Howells (1892-1983):
Psalm-Prelude no 1 (opus 32, no 1)
[19] Max Reger (1873-1916):
Benedictus (opus 59 no. 9)
[20] Percy Whitlock (1903-1946):
Divertimento (from Four Extemporisations of 1932)
[21] Richard Francis:
Solemn Prelude on the hymn tune "Hereford" (2002)
[22]-[24] Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901):
Sonata no 14 in C major (opus 165) Präludium, Idylle, Toccata

Released 15/04/07
Recorded & produced by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
Console assistant: Gillian Fisher
Recorded 21 & 22 January 2007

Roger Fisher and Amphion Recordings express their thanks to Richard Francis, whose sponsorship and support have made this CD possible. Thanks also to the staff at the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow for their help and cooperation during the recording of this CD. Donald Beattie has kindly provided the photographs of the organ.

By Richard Francis

It is quite possible that a large church like St Laurence's Ludlow would have been using an organ by about 1400. The earliest churchwardens account dates from 1472/3. It appears that whatever kind of organ there was in the church up to 1644, it certainly did not survive the Commonwealth and there was a period of twenty five years without an organ. In 1671/2 a new organ was erected, but absolutely no evidence remains to this day as to who built it. By 1761, there were moves afoot again to replace the organ. Records show that the Corporation of Ludlow received a handsome gift of the sum of £1000 from Henry Arthur, Earl of Powis, to erect a new organ, and the work was placed in the hands of John Snetzler. The work was completed by 1764. The organ was placed on a stone or wood gallery in front of the rood screen. It consisted of 3 manuals ­ Choir, Great and Swell (to fiddle G).

As part of a major restoration of the Church in 1860, it was decided to move the organ from its position near the rood screen and to rebuild it on a platform of brick pillars in the north transept where it stands today. A process of continual enlargement took place during the remainder of the 19th century under the auspices of Messrs Gray & Davison. Few of Gray & Davison instruments survive (Chippenham Parish Church, Usk Parish Church) and Ludlow is very fortunate to possess much fine pipework by this famous English firm of builders. The first rebuild in 1860 saw the instrument enlarged to four manuals and pedals, including the famous Tuba stop mounted "en chamade". Another rebuild in 1883 saw further stops added. In 1891 an attempt was made to increase the blowing power and to introduce pneumatic action to the Solo organ (now increased to seven stops). William Hill & Son provided a completely new pneumatic action to all departments as well as a new detached console (the outer shell and stop knobs remain today). This pneumatic action lasted some eighty years, but, by 1981 it was clear that a complete overhaul was necessary. It was decided to restore three of the four manuals and pedals, and the restoration work went to the firm of Nicholson & Co (Worcester) Ltd under the guidance of Managing Director Dennis Thurlow and Dr Roy Massey of Hereford Cathedral. Thanks to a generous gift from Ran Ogston, who was honorary assistant organist at Ludlow for over twenty years, the Solo organ was finally restored in 1985, and as a result of a further gift, the Pedal organ was enlarged in 1987.
As a result of a Heritage Lottery grant of £50,000, the organ was thoroughly cleaned and overhauled in 2006 by Nicholsons together with the provision of a new 5 rank Cornet (designed by Guy Russell), new General pistons and a Sequencer.