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John Maslen

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  1. Very possibly. If so, though, I can't see the difference between this and the 'old fashioned' anthem which the congregation can't join in either! The starting point for my post was the question of participation. 'Music group' worship is lauded in some quarters as the answer to the church's musical and attendance problems, because the style of 'music' (in case you hadn't guessed, I don't enjoy it much) is familiar to those the church wishes to attract. My point is that the 'attractive' style of music so easily becomes a different kind of tyranny, still leaving the congregation unable to jo
  2. Let me first say that I firmly believe that Choral Evensong is the crowning glory of C of E liturgy, and done well, is a joy and delight to me, and many other like me. Ian Bell may well be right, but I'm sorry to say that the service he espouses from the Iona community lack substance to my eyes and ears, as well as supporting a very 'green' theology which I find disturbing - green issues matter, but that is not what the Christian faith is about. But that is not why I write. I believe there are, broadly speaking, three types of musical establishment in C of E churches. Firstly, those wi
  3. My knowlege of the repertoire is too limited, I fear, to give many specific suggestions. I have to say regarding the initial question, though, that all services should be constructed with a particular day or season in mind - we are not planning a concert. If I may be allowed to air a few prejudices, however.... Incoming voluntary - appropriate JSB Choral prelude (appropriate in style, not necessarily words) - you can't beat JSB. Not in my book, anyway. Or a sensitive improvisitation. Or both, if there's time. Office hymn - none - always seems an unnecessary intrusion to me. All the
  4. I can't say if it is (was?) the loudest Tuba, but that at Rochester Cathedral used to be situated just behind the Organist's head - and I believe it was horizontal. One note, in particular, used to resonate around the head of the unfortunate tuner's boy (if I recall, middle D) and seemed to take an age to tune! I must point out, though, that high wind pressure used for any stop does not necessarily make it loud in the building - depends upon location, building size, voicing style and so on. Regards to all John.
  5. We visited Chavenage House last year, and were told by the guide (the daughter of the owner, if I recall) that the instrument was unplayable, and not likely to be restored as the cost was beyond the family's means. She also commented that none of the family had any musical ability whatever, which makes restoration even less likely I would think. Regards to all John
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