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  1. A Buckinghamshire Organists' Association member planning to relocate has had a clear out of a large quantity of music which is available for a donation to charity. If anyone is interested, please PM me and I will forward a PDF listing.
  2. Indeed - and so far with no 'superspreader' spikes in infection rates.
  3. Tim Byram-Wigfield is coming to St John the Evangelist, Whitchurch (Buckinghamshire) on Friday, 1 October starting at 7.45pm. Tickets £10 on the door or from Parrott's farm shop in advance.
  4. There are a couple of photos and a description in Elvin's 'The Harrison Story'.
  5. As the holidays have started, we had a small congregation on Sunday who distanced themselves, cast off their masks and sung their hearts out. I have long been sceptical about the benefits of mask wearing. It often seems that you can tell when big fibs are told because the argument changes over time - first we were told (correctly) that they make little difference, then we were told that they were worth wearing, then we were told they only work if everyone wears them so everyone had to, and then we were told we wear them to protect others. The science is well summarised here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/07/17/cloth-face-masks-comfort-blankets-do-little-curb-covid-spread/ They will catch the big bits from coughs and sneezes, but if you are coughing and sneezing, stay home.
  6. RIP. The story of his work revitalising JW Walker deserves to be told in full.
  7. Thanks - I'll look out for it.
  8. I had a look at the YouTube recording of the meeting yesterday but the sound level was so low the speech was inaudible. Is it a problem with my system?
  9. Thanks - that's a good starting point if needed. It will be interesting to see if any timely guidance is issued, other than for churches to make their own decisions in the light of local circumstances.
  10. After Monday's announcement, are there any opinions as to whether a risk assessment is necessary or advisable before restarting congregational singing, and if so, is anyone aware of a template that is available?
  11. In Wales, Emma Gibbins is at Newport: https://www.newportcathedral.org.uk/whos-who-2021/
  12. Paul Hale wrote an interesting article on Hunter in the March 2019 Organists' Review - he might be worth contacting: https://paulhale.org/
  13. An interesting and informative stream - thanks to all those involved.
  14. Having signed the petition I received the government's reply. It notes that "that singing can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission through the spread of aerosol droplets." It then goes on to say "the limits do not apply to activity taking place for work or commercial activity." In other words you can take the risk of spreading COVID if you are doing it for money but not if you are doing it for pleasure. That is about as bizarre as it gets.
  15. There's a picture in today's Telegraph of the instrument and a quick search showed this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57329950 Very good news and I hope the fundraising goes well.
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