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  1. Nothing to do with organs, but after four replays I was still chuckling over this. Got a bit worried for the conductor about halfway through, thought he was going to do himself an injury. Chris Baker - Durham UK
  2. The way things are going out here in 'the sticks' , it will soon be a Remnant of Organists.
  3. I am staggered that nobody has yet mentioned the organ scene in Disney's "Rescuers" You won't want to see it , so don't go here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpP8bNxVdyU Chris Baker - Durham UK
  4. You lot might as well pack in this thread, 'cos I've got you all beat - I get first prize - no arguments - some forty years ago I inherited a full set of ......... wait for it......... CLOISTER ALBUMS. They remained unopened and pristine for all of those forty years, until three weeks ago. I was asked for the 'Dresden Amen' at a couple of hours notice for a funeral service. On the point of giving voice to my regrets that I was unable to provide it for them, not having the music available, nor any idea where it might be found in playable form ...... 'click', 'click','click' went the aged old
  5. I believe the term being sought here is 'fraudulent conversion'. Barry will, I am sure, know whether or not it applies here. A 'grey' area, I suspect. Chris Baker - Durham UK
  6. At an R.C. church near here some years ago, I was asked to play 'Lady in Red' for the bride's entry. Dead on time, the bride and her flotilla of followers formed up into line of battle and set off down the aisle.......... the whole lot, including bride, dressed over-all in shimmering emerald GREEN. The bride had not told of her music choice, so guess who got blamed for playing innapropriate music. AND, she wanted Q.o.S during the registry. I got a few comments about this as well, but managed to sow a seed or two of confusion, by saying that I had actually played the second sinfonia from 'S
  7. Have you all got a problem spelling 'LIVERPOOL ANGLICAN' or something..?
  8. Clarion Doublette says :- "That spec, and many similar, (16 8884 8848) could be greatly improved if the dulciana on the Great was replaced with a 2' fifteenth. It would give the instrument a proper chorus on the great and bridge the gap between the flue work and that enormous Cornopean on the swell! With no oboe to accompany and two small 8fts on the swell - the dulciana surely won't get used a great deal." I know that there are many of the smaller instruments where this tonal modification has been carried out and, when first I encountered our instrument I did harbour thoughts along th
  9. Good afternoon, We have a small H & H (16 . 8884 . 8848) of 1931 vintage. It is in good nick overall, regularly tuned, needs a clean and probably a reed re-voice, but is unlikely to get either of these unless we get permission to print our own money. Beyond that, it is wholly unremarkable, you might even say 'bog standard' = there's certainly no shortage of these around this area, some better, some worse. We are all quite attached to it and don't really mind that it is virtually inaudible on the few occasions when the church is full. And I only curse the chancel carpet a couple of
  10. About a year ago I broke the little toe on my left foot - a fairly innocuous little injury I thought at the time. Little did I know. This otherwise unremarkable orthopaedic event had a positively gianormous side effect. The aforesaid damaged digit developed an attraction to the side of the Bb key on the pedal board that was nothing less than a percussively realised homing instinct. Flat-key pieces were not too bad, but anything in a sharp signature proceeded to a series of agonised yelps from yours truly. In the end, I played nothing but 17th C English stuff for about a month. But the hymns -
  11. I sent this to COIN recently. Some found it amusing. Most didn't comment. On Sunday we had our normal sung Eucharist, but with a Baptism. Our usual congregation of twenty or so was augmented by about forty adults and a few children plus the candidate herself of course, who seemed to be about three months old. People began arriving twenty minutes before the service and there was much greeting and introducing in the carpark and at the church door. It was obvious that some in the baptismal party had come a considerable distance - hugs and more, handshakes - you get the picture.. I played
  12. Oops, sorry, didn't realise how many there were still to be translated. Chris B
  13. Hi, is this what you are looking for? [ http://www.bach-cantatas.com/IndexTexts-Ch...Title.htm#Title ] Chris Baker - Durham UK
  14. Only rarely do I post into this realm of the more learned and talented - but having perused within this thread, I found myself wondering :- is it entirely wise for a member of this great and goodly place to enquire of unmusical stops, and then to sign off as 'Vox Humana'. ? Not really fair of me I suppose, I did find one not so long ago that was extremely useful - as a component of the 'honk-note' punctuation in Hornpipe Humoresque..... then again, musicality wasn't really a consideration, though it seemed to me marginally more musical than the concerted foot-stamps from the audience.
  15. Nick Bennett -" And it's yet another sign that the organ's profile is on the rise at the BBC." I wonder which is cheaper to broadcast: an orchestra of a hundred or so players, or a single organist with a hundred or so stops? Not that I'm complaining mind you ... My wife says that I'm a cynic. I say that I'm an organist. "That's what I said" she replies. Chris Baker Durham UK
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