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About ecnice

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    St. George's-In-The-Pines Church, Banff, Alberta, Canada
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    Organ Music<br />Hymn Accompaniment<br />Sacred Choral Music<br />Anglican Liturgy
  1. Hi all, I know this is not strictly organ music. There is an old lady who have recently died and had previously requested that Psalm 23 be chanted to a chant by Stewart at her funeral. I have looked through all my chant books but cannot find the setting. I think it was recorded by St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. Her funeral is coming very soon. Does anyone know which chant book(s) contains this setting of Psalm 23? Thank you all for your help.
  2. Happy Easter to everyone! Here are two webcasts that I thought you might be interested in: St. James St. Thomas Enjoy!
  3. Thank you to all those who replied. Your replies were helpful.
  4. Hello fellow members of the board, I am planning a month long visit to the UK in April 2008. I am hoping that I will be able to hear some of the English church organs and choirs in person at last. I noticed that the Oxbridge colleges have term break until about the 21st April. Do cathedral organists and choirs follow the same pattern? Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.
  5. This is quite possible. This strategy has already been tested and implemented in many places around Toronto, especially transit stations.
  6. Both the Listen Live and Listen Again services on the BBC websites use Real Player as the media player. When playing content from the internet, this player automatically adjust the quality based on available bandwidth (or connection capacity). If you are doing something else with the internet (e.g. file transfers, emailing, internet surfing) or sharing the connection with other computers in your house, that would decrease the connection capacity available for the Real Player. As a result, the player will downgrade the quality in order to keep playing. To improve your listen experience,
  7. I have never seen or heard any US organs in the flesh either, but with the advent of technology, YouTube provides a glimpse into the world of American organs. Just a quick search for "Skinner organ" came up with two good examples. To play the video in full screen mode, click on the bottom right corner of the video control bar. Here is the text written by the person who posted the video: The Organ at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral was built by the Skinner Organ Company of Boston in 1931 as their Opus 820 and dedicated with great fanfare with a recital by P
  8. I would agree that an antiphonal division would work best for congregational singing. One such example is St. James Cathedral in Toronto. Although this cathedral is on a smaller scale than most English cathedrals, it is still large, measuring 200 ft (61 m) long, 84 ft (26 m) high and 98 ft (30 m) wide at the porches. The main organ is at the front of the church split on the two sides of the quire: Great, Choir and Pedal divisions in Epistle (south) case, Swell in Gospel (north) case, Auxilliary (antiphonal) Manual and Pedal in aisle case at the rear of the Cathedral. The console is loca
  9. This is a great idea, Richard. My background, however, is vastly different from many of you. My name is Eugene Chan, born and raised in Hong Kong until I was 16. I started my music education with violin lessons in grade 2. (Although my Mother has a Performer's Diploma in Piano from the ABRSM, she refused to teach me the piano because raising me was enough work for her.) In grade 4 I joined the school choir, and the church choir (baptist), both for a year. In secondary school, I was part of the school's treble choir for two years, until I left HK for Canada. Without a violin teache
  10. ecnice

    Choral Evensong

    I just thought all of you may be interested in how things are done elsewhere. Here is a webcast of the First Evensong of Christmas and Blessing of the Creché from the Cathedral Church of St. James of the Diocese of Toronto. I must warn you though that the audio recording was not done very well but here is what you can do to make it sound like what it does in real life: turn up the volume on your media player, your computer, and your speaker or headphones if you have such settings on your player or sound card, change the equalizer to "Live" or "Vocal" if such setting exist for your soun
  11. Thank you for your positive comments. I almost thought no one listened because of the low volume of replies. I'm not sure about the situation in the UK but many in Canada view the church as a community resource, stressing service more than worship. This is not necessarily a bad thing but it does decrease attendance. On the other hand, the number of outreach programs and community services is ever increasing because of strong demand and support. The public use of church facilities as community centres have also increased. A lot of people, instead of going to scheduled services, dr
  12. At St. Jame's Cathedral, Toronto, the policy is that if the service is delayed for more than 15 minutes, the musicians and clergy will simply cancel the ceremony and leave. They usually have to fit in three to four weddings on a Saturday afternoon so delays are very problematic. But I have not been to any of these so I have no idea what the organist will do to fill in the gap.
  13. Very nice. Thanks for the post.
  14. I am glad you liked it. In case you did not look at the leaflet (linked on the same website), the sermon was given by the Dean of Toronto and Rector of St. Jame's, the Very Rev’d Dr. Douglas Stoute.
  15. The organist at St. Jame's Cathedral, Torono, once said that playing that organ is like flying a plane (him being also a licenced pilot). The organ there has the console in the chancel, swell on the left and great and choir on the right. However, the antiphonal manual and pedal are a city block away at the other end of the church. So he just has to trust the instrument. Like when flying a plane, even if you feel upside down, when your instruments say you are right side up, you are right side up. Do not rely on your senses.
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