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About ick1508

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    Stone, Staffs
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    Engineering (it's what I do). Playing, erm, on many types of keyboards in theatres, village halls, and a village church (Oulton, Stone), which has a neo-classical conversion of a small 1877 Thorold and Smith, i.e. a Jardine.
  1. Is anybody playing the organ next Sunday? I managed December 27th (transmitted via Zoom over my mobile phone) with the 'family choir' of 4 in a bubble, and that's been it since last March, for the foreseeable future.
  2. We don't have any services or concerts to play for... What state is everyone's organ in, if they're unused (and in an unheated building)? The one that I play has gone a bit downhill; I drop in every few weeks to check it out. Is your tuner still working? Are funds available to pay them? - Ian CK
  3. It's easy enough to find out. Does anyone have a spectrum analyser and a microphone? Just watch the decay of a single note on the screen and see whether it drifts. I'd bet on some issue of inaccuracy in the inner ear. The tone will of course change as the sound decays, as reverb time is different for different harmonics of the note. I vaguely remember the acoustician who designed the acoustics of Snape Maltings saying that the 'warm' sound of the concert hall was due to a longer reverb time at lower frequencies, and had a picture to prove it, but that was 40 years ago. Does anyone h
  4. It's absolutely routine here to slip between the (pipe) organ bench and piano stool, depending on the style of the music. The degree to which the style is accepted by the congregation (average age 70) is illustrated by worship songs being selected by people for their own funerals...
  5. It's been a while since I accompanied Bob Ling under the Maltings stage, but it used to have a mechanism to change from level to a five degree rake, for operas and the like. I look forward to observing the effect on pipe racks and bellows..
  6. ... and the bear is the symbol of Bern, both the city and the canton.... (this is probably a red herring) ... where the language is ... ?
  7. If anyone is looking for an original never-restored 4-manual Harrison and Harrison from the first decade of the twentieth century, what about St Mary's, Stafford?
  8. And from the 2015 list: Anne Marsden Thomas. Head of the Royal College of Organists Academy Organ School. For services to Organ Music. Dr William Huw John Harrison. Organist and Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, Tenby. For services to Music in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Jeffrey Skidmore. Conductor and Artistic director Ex Cathedra. For services to Choral Music. (Lichfield, Staffordshire) Mrs Dorothy Maria Oliver. For services to Choral Music in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff. Congratulations all.... Ian CK
  9. There was an interesting 'Flood warning' triangular road sign in shot though. In the choir school I think.
  10. The night before the 9 L's with C's, and a manuals-to-pedal tracker detaches from the pedal... why only now? Early start tomorrow with a new screw eye and a drill,,, Merry Christmas all, and may your pipes be in tune and your actions be reliable... Ian
  11. LED strips and power supplies are available at an electrical distribution website, tlc-direct. I fitted two strips of 45 degree angles over the music desk and a double flat strip under the manuals, The desk lights don't shine in my eyes like the old filament strip and the pedal strip is shadowless, wherever my knees are... there's also a neat up/down dimmer. Only snag is that when you turn the power off to the whole thing it forgets the brightness level. First world problems. You can hide anything with a strip of brass or polished oak... Ian CK
  12. As the Rolling Stones played last Saturday night, and the riff to 'Satisfaction' is just open fifths... the transition from cod medieval "organum" plainsong style to the aforementioned riff is but a change of registration and rhythm... The boss wasn't familiar with either, and had to have it explained.
  13. Purely coincidentally, we have 'Stand up!" on Sunday... must try to work it out. Talking of coincidences, I vaguely remember a similar thread running on this Board a few years ago, and a what-a-surprise "story" appeared in a national newspaper a few weeks later. It'll be interesting to see whether the same happens this time. Maybe on a slow news day... ... ... ...
  14. When Robert Quinney was on the Today programme recently, it was mentioned that a visiting preacher (at either Westminster Abbey or St Paul's) was accompanied to the pulpit by a barely disguised 'Blackadder' theme... consequently this has become a favourite, about 5 minutes before the clergy arrive, here in Staffs. 'The Muppet Show' featured last Sunday,in very ecclesiastical garb, I think that only Mrs CK noticed. Tim Minchin (c.f. Matilda - the T.V. song) was the stimulant for this, he seems to have borrowed the bass line.
  15. Agreed in all respects Philip, especially BWV 729, congratulations to Parker Ramsay (if it was he, as announced!)
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