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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. 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
  3. 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 -
  4. 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
  5. Oops, sorry, didn't realise how many there were still to be translated. Chris B
  6. Hi, is this what you are looking for? [ http://www.bach-cantatas.com/IndexTexts-Ch...Title.htm#Title ] Chris Baker - Durham UK
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. My copy arrived Christmas Eve (thanks Jenny). Wife grabbed it to wrap as present to go under the tree. I came downstairs at 4.00am for a drink of water. Spotted newly wrapped book under tree. Unwrapped book, started reading, was discovered by wife at 6.30am, attempting to re-wrap book. Accused by wife of inserting decimal point to my age of 63 years Accused by wife of unreasonable behaviour, for not allowing her to open presents until after church. Hope you all had a blessed Christmas Chris Baker
  10. Paul and Claviorque, thank you for your replies. It is good, even for a brief moment, to be getting wiser as well as older. Chris
  11. Get ready folks, here comes the stupid question of the year! By what reasoning does increasing temperature cause pipes to 'sharpen' in pitch? Logic says that increased temperature causes the pipe to expand, and, in my primitive brain, bigger pipes equal lower notes - flattening. And people talk of the organ going flat when it's cold when my poor assaulted reasoning says the pipes are getting smaller and sharper..... Or, is it more to do with the way sound waves behave in changing temperatures, rather than any consideration of the pipes themselves? My churches allow me two tunings a yea
  12. This point has been made on many previous occasions. Undoubtably it is true, but tends also to resemble sky-bound pies. One of 'my' churches with its ten-stop, 1880 Forster & Andrews incorporating a novel approach to reliability, enjoys a regular weekly congregation of about twelve souls. What do you think might be a suitable level of fee to attract one of the competent players you mention ? This is not a personal dig at you Barry, but the point you make does not advance the situation for the great number of churches which are in our position. Reluctants, or in my own case, incompete
  13. My eyesight seems to have suddenly deteriorated - I think you are inviting me to come and take the Dulciana from your instrument and pop it into mine. A very generous gesture indeed and I'll be round there directly with newspapers and bubblewrap . It looks as if your F&A was planted about five years after mine (npor N12175). I don't understand why H & H supported the tonal modification, or more to the point why the DOA agreed it. When you look at the rest of the spec., the last thing it needed was more 'on top'. AND it's got no strings. Fortunately the OpenD on the swell is a bi
  14. Barry and Brian, thank you for your replies. Overall I am fairly untroubled by matters financial relating to my church work. I have always maintained a good relationship with Her Majesty's lucre-looters, and my latest return scooted through fairly sweetly. I am interested though that my parish might be required to regard me as employed from a legal point of view, albeit without the inconvenience of financial consideration. I intend however to waste no sleeping time over it. I will though send off directly for a copy of your book Barry. ( and it had better be a good read - otherwise the
  15. It seems right and proper that professional musicians, such as the many who reside in this list, should have recourse to the law when their livlihood is under threat, or subject to unfairness. One imagines that such recourse woud in any case be a 'last resort' thing. My particular concern however, is for the matters which attend this issue from Her Majesty's requirement for seemingly endless amounts of revenue, from those least able to afford it. Existing as I do at the lowest strata of our common fascination with with matters organistic, I suspect that 'there may be problems ahead' for me
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