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An Assortment of Contrasting Sounds

Nigel Ogden presents a programme of popular organ recordings with some entertaining pieces from the organ world.

30 minutes

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Music Played

  • Tom Hazleton

    Just One Of Those Things

    Composer: Porter Arranger: N/A

    • Klavier Records.
    • KD 77025.
  • Gerald Shaw

    Rio Chambira

    Composer: Muller Arranger: N/Ar

    • Pipe Organ Presentations.
    • POP 114.
  • Richard Hills

    Marche Heroique

    Composer: Brewer Arranger: N/A

    • Silver Street Music.
    • SSM 0037.
  • Andy MacPherson

    I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire

    Composer: Dunham/Seiler/Marcus Arranger: N/A

    • This England.
    • C85.
  • Andy MacPherson

    Sand In My Shoes

    Composer: Schertzinger/Loesser Arranger: N/A

    • This England.
    • C85.
  • Andy MacPherson

    Yours

    Composer: Roig/Rodriguez/Sherr Arranger: N/A

    • This England.
    • C85.
  • Piet van Egmond

    Fandango

    Composer: Torch Arranger: N/A

    • Edition Festivo.
    • FECD 140.
  • Kevin Morgan

    Cabaret

    Composer: Kander/Ebb Arranger: N/A

    • NFI.
    • NFI.
  • Tony Fenelon

    You Needed Me

    Composer: Goodrum Arranger: N/A

    • Notable Music.
    • NTF 103.
  • Richard Lea

    Mohrentanz

    Composer: Susato Arranger: N/A

    • Priory.
    • PRDVD 10.
  • Richard Lea

    Rigaudon

    Composer: Purcell Arranger: N/A

    • Priory.
    • PRDVD 10.

The Moller in London

The Moller in London
Now  in it's permanent home for the next 17 years at the Jubilee Studios in London's East End, it  was featured in literally hundreds of broadcasts, mostly live, being played by virtually all the well-known theatre organists of the day.

The New BBC Theatre organ No.2

The New BBC Theatre organ No.2
At the end of world war two, Reginald Foort realised it would be too expensive and impractical to resume touring with such a huge pipe organ so, having had it on 'loan' for six years, the BBC bought the five manual Möller outright in 1946 and it became the BBC Theatre Organ No.2

The Moller comes to London

At the end of world war two, Reginald Foort realised it would be too expensive and impractical to resume touring with such a huge pipe organ so, having had it on 'loan' for six years, the BBC bought the five manual Möller outright in 1946 and it became the BBC Theatre Organ. Its permanent home became the Jubilee Studios on City Road in Hoxton in London's East End, a converted former church and Sunday School, and for the next 17 years, literally hundreds of broadcasts, mostly live, were relayed from there featuring virtually all the well-known theatre organists of the day. Sandy Macpherson had followed Reginald Foort has official BBC Theatre Organist and, from his office in the basement of the Jubilee Studios, he and his long-time secretary, Joyce Hepple, would 'invite' organists to come and broadcast on the Moller. Sandy Macpherson really became a household name during his 25 years as staff organist with many popular programmes of his own such as 'From My  Postbag', 'At Your Request', 'Chapel In The Valley' and many more.

As can be seen from these photos, the huge console of the Moller could be quite intimidating, particularly to organists who were used to playing much smaller instruments! A friend and colleague, organist Eric Lord, sadly no longer with us, used to say that, to him, all the organ stops seemed to hang down like bunches of bananas! Note the red and green lights to the left of the keyboards which were to tell the organist whether he was 'on' or 'off' the air! If some organists were slightly in awe of the Moller, imagine how it looked to a small eight year old boy - which I was when I first played it! My grandfather, a Methodist Minister, had often engaged Sandy Macpherson to play a concert at one or other of his churches and the family came to know him quite well. During a childhood visit to London with my parents, my father arranged to meet up with Sandy at the Jubilee Studios and, having already developed an interest in the organ, I was taken along. I remember being lifted onto the bench in front of all those keyboards and stops and Sandy saying, "there, see what you can do with that!".

In 1963, the BBC's lease on the Jubilee Studios building ran out and, although there was talk of moving the organ to the studios at WhiteCity, they eventually decided to part company with it and it was bought by Radio Hilversum in Holland. It was re-installed, strangely, in another former church and, until 1974, was heard from time to time on Dutch radio, although nothing like as frequently as when it had been the BBC Theatre Organ. Some British players were invited over to Holland to play again the instrument they had known so well in London.

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