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Andrew Roberts and Dominic Gwynn blowing the Bermondsey organ in the traditional manner

Our sympathies go to Jennifer’s partner Andrew Roberts.  Andrew is a most distinguished man, but for the purposes of the recording we were there to help.  He will remember this occasion, when the new electric blower cut out and we had to resort to authentic muscle power, as one of the more surreal in his life.  It was the hottest day of 2003, and there we were, in the blowing chamber next to the organ, me pumping the bellows in the organ, Andrew pumping the pedal bellows, and Jennifer playing full organ for what seemed a very long time.  The CD booklet says that we pumped for most of the pieces, but it was actually only for one.