In 2016 we are pleased to present a series of demonstration tutorials played on one of our luxurious custom made instruments pictured above. This first video of a series of 6 features Howells Psalm Prelude No 2 from Set 2.
Howells was born in Lydney in 1892, the youngest of the six children of Oliver Howells, a plumber, painter, decorator and builder. His father played the organ at the local Baptist church, and Herbert himself showed early musical promise, first deputising for his father, and then moving at the age of eleven to the local church as choirboy and unofficial deputy organist.
Howells began music lessons in 1905 with Herbert Brewer, the organist of Gloucester Cathedral, and at sixteen became his pupil at the Cathedral alongside Ivor Novello and Ivor Gurney. As we know he became a prolific composer of choral and organ music that has become a corner stone of the Anglican Church Liturgy.
We hope you have enjoyed this presentation of one of our instruments and will look out for the future releases that will come out every couple of months. We will of course e mail you to bring them to your attention.
As with our past Viscount Tutorial Series you can down load the midi file of the performance.
If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now – here it is:
More About Jonathan Kingston’s Musical Background
Jonathan studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before securing positions as Assistant Director and Director of Music at two leading independent schools. He is currently Associate Director of Music at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly.
Jonathan’s Work With Regent Classic
I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us – he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. He would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. If you would like to connect with Jonathan directly, please feel free to follow him on Twitter (@jonkingston) or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More About the Organ Being Played In This Tutorial
Jonathan plays this piece on our private client instrument. This has 84 speaking stops. It is a 3 manual instrument but with a floating solo division. It is based on the very successful physical modelling ‘Physis’ sound technology used in all standard Viscount instruments. This particular instrument has a real oak console with Rosewood drawstops and Rosewood and Walnut keyboards. It has a internal library of over 500 alternative voice samples allowing the user to create totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic. For more information have a look at its specifications here.