New Resource Helps Lincolnshire Sing
22 September 2014
A new mapping resource on the soundLINCS website helps people find community choral groups in their area.
Hope-Jones’s scrapbook discovered
22 September 2014
Robert Hope-Jones, 'Father of the Theatre Organ'
The scrapbook of Victorian organ builder Robert Hope-Jones has been donated to the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust’s Theatre Organ Heritage Centre, at Eccles, Manchester.
Composition Competition for 6 organs
22 September 2014
Applications are open for the International Composition Award ‘Organs of the National Palace of Mafra’. The six organs of the Basilica of the National Palace of Mafra (Portugal), built by the two most important Portuguese organ builders of the early 19th century – António Xavier Machado and Cerveira and Joaquim António Peres Fontanes – form a unique set in the world, having been built at the same time and originally designed to be played together.
Competition rules and guidelines at: www.cm-mafra.pt/premiocomposicaoorgaos.cfm. Deadline: April 10, 2015
BBC launches Christmas carol competition
28 August 2014
The shortlisted carols will be performed by the BBC Singers
A nation-wide Christmas carol competition has been launched by the BBC. Applicants are being challenged to compose a brand-new carol which will be performed by the BBC Singers live on BBC Radio 3.
Entrants must set the words of specially commissioned poem ‘Can it be True?’ by acclaimed author Susan Hill. Entries can be written in any style, but must be either a cappella or with a piano accompaniment.
Judges among the competition’s panel will include Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music and Associate Composer for BBC Singers, and David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers. The judges will shortlist six carols to be performed live on Radio 3 on 16 December by the BBC Singers.
Listeners will then be invited to vote for their favourite carol, with voting closing on 22 December. The entry receiving the largest number of votes will be performed live on Radio 3’s Breakfast show on 23 December and a recording played on the station across Christmas Day.
The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 16. The deadline for entries in 10 November 2014; successful shortlisted entrants will be contacted by 25 November.
Kenneth Tickell dies
29 July 2014
British organ builder Kenneth Tickell died suddenly on 24 July, following a pulmonary embolism.
Having trained in organ building with Grant, Degens and Bradbeer, Tickell established his first workshop in Northampton in 1982. From that time, he built up a business of nine full-time staff members to match an impressive portfolio of mainly new instruments, among them chamber organs for Westminster Abbey and Canterbury, Lincoln, Bristol, Truro, St Davids, Hereford and St Paul’s, London cathedrals, and for Magdalen College, Oxford, and Jesus and Selwyn colleges, Cambridge; and from his first 3-manual instrument for Douai Abbey in 1993, large organs for St Barnabas, Dulwich, Eton College, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Lincoln’s Inn Chapel, London, St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, and 4-manual organs for Worcester Cathedral and Keble College, Oxford. Though his commissions were mainly UK-based, Tickell also built organs for Italy, the EU Baroque Orchestra, the church of Nesbyen, Norway, the Venerabile Collegio Inglese, Rome, Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide, and the University of Queensland, Australia, and most recently Rikkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo (featured in the July/August issue of Choir & Organ).
Tickell was an accomplished organist, having studied with Robert Weddle, Francis Jackson, Simon Lindley and Gillian Weir, gaining his FRCO in 1977 and graduating in Music from Hull University (where he was organ scholar) in 1978. For many years he was Director of Music at St Mary’s, Northampton.He was a founder member and first President from 1996-2001 of the Institute of British Organbuilding, and remained an Executive Board member.