October 2018

Nunc Dimittis Ronald Kent Arnatt, 88, died August 23, 2018. He was born January 16, 1930, in London, England, and was a boy chorister at Westminster Abbey and King’s College, Cambridge. He was educated at Trent College, Derbyshire, Trinity…
Sounds of the natural world We have counted about sixty-five different species of birds in our yard in Maine. We have ruby-throated hummingbirds (3 inches long and .1 ounce), great blue herons (52 inches long and 51⁄2 pounds), and bald…
Editor’s note: In 2019, Larry Palmer will celebrate fifty years as harpsichord editor for The Diapason. There is much to celebrate in his work, bringing us insight to this instrument! Below, Larry presents to us his favorite column from…
Over Mother’s Day weekend, more than one thousand invited guests attended garden parties celebrating the opening of Stoneleigh Mansion and Gardens, the new home of the Organ Historical Society in Villanova, Pennsylvania. After two years of…
Editor’s note: Part 1 of this article was published in the August 2018 issue of The Diapason, pages 16–19. Part 2 was published in the September 2018 issue, pages 20–25.   We continue with the description of the Swell and Pedal stops of…
On November 12, 2017, the liturgical and international concert organist Michel Chapuis died. Also an eminent professor, historian, and organ reformer impassioned by architecture, acoustics, and organbuilding, he immensely contributed to…
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church Durham, North Carolina P. J. Swartz Organ Company Eatonton, Georgia The P. J. Swartz Organ Company of Eatonton, Georgia, has completed the relocation of M. P. Möller Opus 11821 (1990) from its original home at…
Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders, American Fork, Utah Fortieth Anniversary Opus 42 Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Fishers Island, New York   From the builder Forty years—and forty-two organs— ago Bigelow & Co. was born. Looking back,…