Just to say a huge Thank you for all your invaluable advice and guidance in Corbridge towards my harmonium debut! I had enormous fun with it and it was wonderful to have the Dvorak Bagatelles to accompany.
I’m glad I’ve found out about you, so I will know where to find an excellent instrument any time I/we might need one. I’m in awe of your dedication!! Good luck with the Proms…
Ben Frith, Gould Piano Trio, July 2019
Thanks for helping out yesterday. It was without doubt one of the best days I’ve had working for English Heritage, and I had so much fun. The harmonium was perfect in the setting, and Jonathan was a marvellous performer, with such a beautiful sound. When we eventually get everything together I’ll send you copies of the tracks and the images for your archive. Phil was very accommodating, and the day couldn’t have run any more smoothly. I hope he had a good journey home.
Eleanor Matthews, Curator Brodsworth Hall and Gardens English Heritage, March 2019
I’m glad Phil enjoyed the Bryars piece. It’s a slow burner that reveals its quality only gradually but at the end we thoroughly enjoyed playing it.
Both it and the Rossini went down really well with the audience.
Our thanks to you both for providing us with such a lovely instrument. I was amazed it was bang on concert pitch after 200 miles on the road!
I hope we get the chance to use a harmonium again and we certainly know where to come.
Our very best wishes for the future success of your marvellous enterprise.
Alistair Wesley, Treasurer Edinburgh Bach Choir, March 2019
Judith Vaughan Secretary
Thank you so much for letting us use your beautiful harmonium – it was certainly the icing on the cake for a lovely concert of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. I am sure that people will be talking about it for some time. Alex certainly enjoyed playing it and I am sure that Rossini would be pleased too!
I have been to a different choir rehearsal this evening and I was correct – people are still talking about it!
Joe Gomme, our Chairman also added that ‘We used a lovely 1880 harmonium for our Rossini concert in December 2018. It was delivered on time and in excellent condition, and Philip proved very informative for informal questions during the interval. We will certainly use the service again when we next need a harmonium.
Judith Vaughan Secretary & Joe Gomme Chairman, Shrewsbury Cantata Choir, December 2018
All went well – the concert was a great success and the harmonium was splendid. It was a pleasure to meet Phillip and to work with you both throughout this process. Whenever we are in need of a harmonium again there is no doubt we will call on you.
Jonathan Koestle-Cate Concert Manager Hackney Singers October 2018
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
The concert went very well indeed and the harmonium went down a storm. Jonathan gave a really fantastic little talk about it and demonstrated how it worked – it was SO interesting.
People were thrilled – and there were lots of them so that was great.
Thank you very much for the smooth arrangements, greatly appreciated.
I also hope we might be able to work together again some time.
Administrator, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, June 2018
Just a quick thanks for the glorious instrument that accompanied us at Sheffield last weekend. It is the second time I have been accompanied in the Rossini by one of your instruments (having done the piece in Skipton a few years back.) What a magnificent tone they both had, but possibly this one just pipped the previous one. Room filling warmth.
Richard Rowe, Tenor Soloist, Sheffield Philharmonic Society, May 2018
Thanks (too) for the wonderful service, and for letting us use the Debain. It brought real authenticity and clarity to the performance, especially under Anne’s wonderful hands!I’ll know where to come when I next need a harmonium! All best, and have a good Easter.
Paul Jackson, Conductor, Haslingfield Choral, March 2018
It was an excellent performance – one person said the best concert we have ever given and the best soloists. The piano and harmonium were fantastic.
Anne Vickerman, Concert Organiser, Bradford Chorale, March 2018
Thanks Phil – I really enjoyed myself
Sean Montgomery, Harmonium Player, Bradford Chorale, March 2018
Hi Pam, thank you and Phil …. for your excellent service and support for this concert.
Phil was wonderful! He will have told you that he gave a short illustrated introduction to the instrument at the start of the concert, which we all found fascinating – if only we had had the time for it to be longer. And he was such a joy to meet and talk to. I have thoroughly enjoyed dealing with you, and I hope to have the pleasure of doing so again at some point in the future. In the meantime, thank you both again, and I wish you continued success with your business
Douggie Lee, Conductor, Ariel Consort of London, March 2018
The (50th) birthday concert and associated whirlwind has rather consumed us but really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the concert. Thank you ever so much for hiring us your Black Beauty, which did a perfect job, and for being very easy to work with. I look forward to working with you both again in the future.
Hannah Bache, Concerts and Touring Coordinator, London Sinfonietta, January 2018
Thank you SO much for your work yesterday. The instrument sounded (and looked!) wonderful.Really great to meet you as well Phil. I hope our paths cross again. Pam – thank you for all your work behind the scenes!
Conductor Choral, Windsor & Eton Choral Society, January 2018
“It was a great pleasure to work with Phil for our Rossini performance – he made everything so easy, from first getting in touch to delivery of the harmonium on the day. A highly recommended service with a personal touch!”
Gavin Alsop, University of Birmingham Choral, December 2017
It was all brilliant! Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful instruments, and for all the support as well.
Nansi Browne, Chair of Hadleigh Choral Society, November 2017
It was a pleasure for us to have you both there with us for the performance and thank you so much for taking the time to be so accommodating with our requests for the harmonium being moved about and set up in the concert etc.
I think Anne (harmonium player) also very much appreciated the help you offered her on your arrival at Trefoil house on day one, I’m a mere horn player so looking at what is involved in playing the harmonium to such a standard looks terrifying!
My line manager and my other colleague in the performance department also commented on how helpful and patient you were on Friday.
I will indeed keep you as a supplier and as my default company to go to – as you were fantastic!
David Mayne, Performance Dept Assistant, Birmingham Conservatoire, March 2017
Benedict Collins Rice
So glad Phil enjoyed it – I didn’t manage to catch him afterwards to say thank you. But yes the harmonium was a beauty and you have both been very helpful.
Looking forward to working with you again.
Benedict Collins, Rice Facade Ensemble, Feb 2017
Just wanted to say thanks again for all your help to and from Canterbury and London for Trevor Pinnock’s project. The instrument was flawless and a joy to play. It was particularly nice for me to have the project as the culmination of four years of harmonium training at the Academy.
Joseph Beech, Player Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, Dec 2016 (Celebrating Trevor Pinnock’s birthday)
Thank you very much for your easy and efficient service. The instrument was a beauty and sounded perfect. I will definitely keep you in mind for any further performances.
Neil Moore, Director of Music Bath Cantata Group, November 2016
Cor Dyfed Choir
“We all enjoyed the Rossini last night and there was a great deal of interest in the Harmonium!
It looked very grand in the Cathedral with its lighted candles and warm rosewood colour. Members of the audience really appreciated being able to talk to Phil about it during the Interval and our organist really enjoyed playing it.
I’m glad the journey to St. Davids went smoothly – we were very impressed by the instrument and all your helpful information on playing it.
Hope you continue to get plenty of custom and we will pass your name on to anyone who might be interested in hiring. Many thanks and very best wishes to you both on behalf of us all.”
Cor Dyfed Choir, July 2016
It was a pleasure meeting Phil and the harmonium was superb. Thank you both for doing such a great job for us.
Michael Nutt, Chairman of Orchestra Sub-Committee, Norwich Philharmonic Society, May 2016
NB This was a special performance of Mahler’s 8 to celebrate the Norwich Philharmonic Society’s 175th Anniversary.
And many thanks for letting us use your instrument – everyone was very pleased with it and I’m sure we’ll come to you again should we have another piece involving harmonium in the future.
Iona Jack, Organiser, Scottish Opera Company March 2016
It was a great occasion, enhanced by the harmonium, which generated much interest and admiring looks from choir members and audience alike.
Peter Clayton, Chairperson Hillsingers, Wimbledon March 2016
“Friday was a lovely occasion, and it was wonderful to be able to play your Mustel again. It makes making the music so easy, and was sounding brilliant!”
Alex Binns, Professional Harmonium Player Trained at the Royal Academy of Music by Anne Page March 2016
Chairperson of Choir
Your system works like clockwork, Phil was most helpful. The concert went extremely well, people were buzzing afterwards!
Chairperson of Choir, December 2015
I was sorry not to say a proper goodbye and thank you after the Rossini performance by the Bury St Edmunds Bach Choir ten days ago. I really appreciated your help, not only in supplying such a great instrument, but also for your friendly advice and support on the day. We were very pleased with the performance and the Mustel did so well, even in such a huge church.
Christopher Moore, Conductor, Bury St Edmunds Bach Choir, November 2015
“I really want to write to say thanks again to both of you. The Service was just as good as I remembered from before, and “Rosie” performed brilliantly. Our harmoniumist, Chris Harris declared himself to be in love within moments of their meeting – I think he’s still devastated that she went back to Yorkshire leaving him behind!
It was a really great concert, and with 120 singers plus two concert grand pianos, it was good to hear how well the harmonium could match the total sound, and yet still have subtle colours and gentler timbres when needed – absolutely brilliant!”
Richard Jenkinson, Musical Director, Kent Chorus, April 2015
“Many thanks for the excellent service. I trust that Phil (and Rosie) had a safe journey home.
The harmonium was wonderful and I think we got the balance right in the end so that it was heard and appreciated by the audience. I certainly heard it from where I was standing! Our player enjoyed the challenge of getting to know the instrument.
Should I need a harmonium in the future, there is nowhere else I would consider going. I shall put a little note on the Association of British Choral Directors facebook page letting everyone know about your wonderful service.”
Stephen Smith, Music Director, Corsley Festival Choir, May 2015
Thank you very much for helping us out. We very much enjoyed using the Debain Harmonium, and it received lots of positive comments.
…. Hope to work with you again in the future.
Director Of Music, Wantage, March 2015
“Thank you so much for being flexible with timings & all the permutations. It was a real treat to have your instrument. Our player introduced the instrument and played a couple of pieces explaining the workings. An added bonus to the concert.”
Robyn Sevastos, Music Director, Sevenoaks Philhamonic Society, March 2015
“Thank you so much for the sterling service! Phil asked me why I chose your company…. I was impressed by the fact that you had supplied harmoniums for so many Petite Messes, as it meant that we didn’t have to check suitability of the instrument etc., but also the fact that Phil would be on site through the day meant we didn’t have to worry about finding an in-house expert to deal with minor issues that might arise! Anything that reduces possible little stresses on the day is going to win me over, as the MD is my other half!
Amita Sharma, Orchestral Secretary, Thanet Festival Choir, November 2014
“I want to say a huge thank you for the fantastic support you provided for our Rossini Concert.
The glorious instrument itself, of course, but also the tender, loving care you’ve lavished on it, as well as the delivery and all the supporting material.
Richard Bloodworth, Musical Director, Darlington Choral Society, November 2014
“I wanted to say again how very grateful I am for all your help with the harmonium, given with such generous spirit, thank you!
The harmonium you brought was so lovely and I really did enjoy it! I so enjoyed meeting you and very much hope we’ll see you again. Thank you thank you.”
Elizabeth Burley, Principal Keyboard Player, BBC Symphony Orchestra, November 2014
“We were very impressed with your package – arrived on time, installed seamlessly, worked as promised and disappeared almost before the audience had left – and we had Phil to talk to the people at the Interval…….. we will certainly be in touch if we need a harmonium and will recommend you if we get the opportunity”
Nick Feldman, Ipswich Chamber Choir, November 2014
“…. Phil provided everything we could have wished for and the Harmonium was the star of the concert.
We have had so many appreciative comments to that effect. Please thank Phil also for giving such helpful advice to Daniel, our keyboard player, who really enjoyed the challenge.
If we decide to play repertoire with harmonium again we won’t hesitate to ask you.”
Paul Barritt, Tring Chamber Music, July 2014
Lucy Campion- Orchestra
“Many thanks for your wonderful service – the harmonium was beautiful and (our harmoniumist) certainly enjoyed playing it. It has been great to work with you both, thank you for making it such a smooth-running process.
I hope we can work with you again soon.”
Lucy Campion- Orchestra/Ensemble Manager, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Cardiff, February 2014
Anthony Thomas Rose
“The gig was a great success and we received a number of correspondence regarding the concert.
The Harmonium was superb and Darren (Hogg) enjoyed playing it, Rossini Petite isn’t quite the same without one!
Hiring such an instrument from yourselves was painless and a pleasure. I will not hesitate in recommending you or using you again.”
Anthony Thomas Rose, Conductor Uttoxeter Choral Society, November 2013
“…the Harmonium was a huge success. Thanks from me, from Christopher Harris (our Harmoniumist) and from all at London Orpheus Choir.
We were really grateful to you both for getting this organised at such incredibly short notice. And especially to Phil for his very prompt, reliable and efficient service, and for all his help and guidance in placing and use of the instrument on the day – that really did help in achieving a superb performance – his love of and enthusiasm for the instrument was certainly very infectious!“
Richard Jenkinson, Conductor London Orpheus Choir, October 2013
“Thanks so much for your help – you have really saved the day”
Angharad Cooper Projects Officer Opera North October 2012
“The harmonium is the ‘harmonic glue’ for the group. It’s gorgeous”
Charles Hazelwood, Director Army of Generals, October 2011