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Andrew Butler

Member Since 26 Jan 2015
Offline Last Active Aug 08 2017 06:01 PM

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Coping with mistakes/failures

07 February 2017 - 07:44 PM

I had a feeling there had been a similar topic in the past, but can't actually find it... Apologies in advance is this is a duplication!


We all make mistakes from time to time, and suffer problems caused by others.  In over 40 years of playing in church, at the end of last year I had the worst "disaster" I have ever suffered.  To cut a long story short, at a very big service which was supposed to proceed unannounced, the priest for some reason announced everything - sometimes at unexpected points.  I was caught on the hop with an announcement of a choir piece (Warlock:  Where riches is everlastingly)  Owing to colds / fatigue amongst choir members it had been decided to perform it in C Minor rather than D Minor. Being caught "off guard"  I totally forgot, and played it as writ in d; not having "perfect pitch" I thought nothing of it, until I realized the choir just could not "pitch" it.  The performance collapsed - with much sniggering from the congregation.  I apologized to the choir afterwards - they were surprisingly unbothered by it.  I apologized to the priest, and asked if my apology could be printed in the following week's news sheet, but he said it wasn't necessary, although I pointed out that the choir, who were blameless, seemed to have been at fault to the ears of the congregation. 


I was - and still am - totally devastated by what happened.  My (admittedly rather silly) immediate "knee-jerk" reaction at the time was to resign from every professional body, unsubscribe from Facebook organists' groups, and "unfriend" on Facebook all my musical contacts as I felt totally unworthy to remain in contact! 


I just wondered how others cope with such things?

Tewkesbury Abbey - Grove Organ

01 October 2016 - 07:48 AM

Apologies if this has been discussed recently, but if so I missed it... 


Mention has been made in a private discussiob on Facebook, that the Grove organ is in "poor condition and looks unused"  Can anyone comment please?  There is no indication that I can see on the Abbey website that the organ is not in use...