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Latest News from Priory - 9 April 2014


LATEST NEWS  - 9 April 2014





This space will be devoted to news about the company and I will be updating the contents as often as is practical.


I hope you have all seen our latest new releases on the site. There are two new Great European Organs and a new CD of music for Men’s Voices from Liverpool Cathedral.


Priory has never included any organ in the GEO series from Portugal due mainly to the fact that there are not many there that are in a condition to record. Michal Novenko however found a fine versatile instrument in the town of Arouca, near Porto and it was here on three rainy days last year that we recorded him on this historic instrument. Our 90th Great European organ is on the recently restored four manual order in Central Methodist Hall, Westminster. If you do not know it ( which I did not before the recording) it stands adjacent to Westminster Abbey. Harrison and Harrioson have carried out a fantastic overhaul and this wonderful instrument can be heard played by Gerard Brooks in a programme closely associated with mainly former organists including William Lloyd Webber, and Arthur Meale. Our previous Men’s Voices CDs have always attracted a lot of attention. These were from Wells and  Durham Cathedral’s and St.John’s College Cambridge. We have now added the excellent men’s voices of Liverpool to our catalogue and what a fine standard they achieve in this varied recital.


I have just returned from Germany where in a week I drove 1600 miles to record two Germany instruments played by the Italian organist Marco le Muscio. The first was in the town of Landsberg am Lech near Munich and will be released in our GEO series, the other was a last minute arrangement in Baden Baden (the church of St.Barnard) where we set down a recital called Choral, Variations and Fugue. Sadly we were booked into record in Pforzheim but the organist died suddenly a week or so back, making it impossible for the CD to go ahead. Baden Baden was then hastily arranged.


Our next release will be a CD entitled “ The Influence of Plainsong” and is played by William Dore on the organ of Ampleforth Abbey. This is due out in about 3 weeks.


Work progresses on our next BluRay/DVD from Durham Cathedral. This is still schedules for the end of May. We feel it is our very best to date. As well as the usual recital programme, James Lancelot plays his house organ and gives a 53 minute organ tour in the bonus features.


Neil Collier

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