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David Rumsey

Organist, organ consultant

David Rumsey died from cancer on the 12th of February this year. There will be a concert in his memory in Switzerland on the 9th of July, with a programme made by David before he died; details will appear here as they are fixed. This website will be maintained as a resource.


Memorial concert:

9th July 2017, 8pm (20Uhr)
Herz Jesu Catholic Church, Laufen BL

Concert programme (pdf)


Organ - Brett Leighton, David Blunden
Soprano - Melinda Parsons, Sabine Lutzenberger, Monika Mauch
Alto - t.b.a.
Tenor - Daniel Issa
Bass - Marcus Niedermayr, Peter Zimpel
Violin - Johannes Frisch, Michelle Party
Viola da gamba - Silvia Tecardi, Randall Cook, Caroline Ritchie
Theorbo - Julian Behr, Ziv Braha
Violone - Elizabeth Rumsey
Organs by - Winold van der Putten, Walter Chinaglia


"Die Orgel ist ein zu kompliziertes Instrument, als daβ sie je vollendet sein könnte: Sie fordert immer von neuem zu Veränderungen heraus." / "The organ is such a complex instrument that it can never be completed; it constantly provokes new variants of itself". (Carl Dahlhaus *1928-1989)

This site is devoted to selected publications and other material relating to organs and organ music with which I have usually had some personal connection. It could well eventually epitomize Dahlhaus' statement above. Your patience is appreciated.

"aber teglich wachsen kunst und kommen mee. Adams Kinder feyren nit." / "the arts thrive and multiply daily--Adam's children never rest." (Arnolt Schlick, ca.1511)

cover-photo One of the few colour images we have of Max Reger and possibly the most accurate. His eyes were indeed blue - another colour portrait portrays them as brown, but this was not the case.

News, forthcoming events

A variety of musical events in different places

excerpts from David Rumsey's diary of engagements

and other items ...

* Volume 12 of "The Britannic Organ" is now available.

Click here for track listings of the entire series so far


Searchable Database for "The Britannic Organ"

(includes details of Volume CD & Track Number, track timings &c.)

Paradox Database format

Quattro Pro format

Microsoft Excel format

Click here for a key to the database structure

Project van Eyck - details of a special performance-based-on-research program. It was manifested at a concert in Muri (AG) on June 9th 2014, as part of the symposium "Die Orgel im Herbst des Mittelalters". Project van Eyck links the Rumsey-van der Putten "gothic" organ with the famous 15th century Ghent altarpiece's portrayal of the music-making of that era.

Details and links

An abbreviated history of recording

with particular reference to the organ

updated 23rd December 2012.

Click here to view (pdf)

The database of scanned Welte organ rolls held at the Museum der Musikautomaten in Seewen (August 2012). Available formats are Paradox (.db), QuattroPro (.qpw) and Microsoft Excel (.xlsx).

Database of Seewen's scanned Welte organ rolls (DB)

Database of Seewen's scanned Welte organ rolls (QPW)

Database of Seewen's scanned Welte organ rolls (XLSX)

Key to the database (PDF)

Some newspaper, announcements and critiques of concerts and recordings:

Website created by Keith Griffin

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