‘Pistons, Pipes, and Pedals’

as published in Great Yarmouth Parish Life


Caroline Buddery reports

MINSTER ORGANOn the eve of the visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyn Marshall, organist and musical director at the Minster, gave a recital called 'Pistons, Pipes, and Pedals' regarding the parlous state of the venerable organ, which is in great need of repair. Prepared slides were projected illustrating the various parts of the organ which was built by William Hill for St Mary Boltons, Brompton in 1882, was rebuilt in 1908, and was moved to St Nicholas in 1960
This extremely interesting talk was interspersed with four beautiful organ compositions selected to reveal the sound made by the different parts of the organ, the pipes, the flutes, the strings and the reeds
These compositions were John Stanlety's Voluntary 1, Pietro Yon's Humoresque 'L'organo primitivo', Messiaen's L'Ascension Majeste du Christ demandant sa gloire a son Pere (The majesty of Christ demanding its glory of the Father), and Norman Cocker's gorgeous Tuba Tune
Jane Freeman warmly thanked Martyn Marshall for a splendid recital


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