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D Quentin Bellamy

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  1. From this thread, I'm not quite clear why the Quire is/was off limits. Was it just full? Or does Nachthorn give the impression of being a bruiser? Or one of Al Qaeda's gang? ;)


    Whatever the case it sounds as if the hospitality committee could certainly do with an overhaul there! Perhaps a case for the Mystery Visitor to explore further and reveal all on the Ship of Fools website? There is a question asked of the Mystery Visitor: "What happened when you hung around after the service looking lost?" Now wouldn't that be interesting????

  2. I have just had a call from Priory asking for my new debit card details and the gentleman said that the DVD would be despatched today.

    Oh.. that's hopeful. I'm sure I ordered one, and have been aware that it's been issued now for about two or three weeks, but I haven't had my copy, although the Gillian Weir DVD arrived about 3 or 4 weeks ago (and is still on my desk unopened).



  3. A couple of years ago I allowed a friendly Pentecostal pastor to have a "Pentecost Praise" service in Church. Praise Band was all set up and I was told that they had re-discovered a wonderful hymn "I stand amazed in the presence", which is a standard from Redemption Hymnal! They then proceeded to play and sing what is essentially an upbeat hymn ... exxxxxxxxxtreeeeeeeeeeeeeemmmely S L O W... causing me to ask whether slow is the new fast in contemporary Christian music. (It really needed me to climb on to the organ bench to show them how it should go, but they were that busy being ever so holy, that I thought it may be a shade erm,,, ungracious of me.) :blink:

  4. Ulp... Beverley Minster!!! :P


    But whatever the Minster, it would be very refreshing to hear some different hymns.... If you hear a loud scream emanating from the North Wales Coastal Area, you will know that we have had another repeat of "To God be the glory....!"

  5. I can't help noticing that the repertoire of hymns on Songs of Praise is becoming very limited indeed. Whilst I like "Christ Triumphant, ever reigning", I'm sure we only heard it a couple of weeks ago, and yet there it was again last evening from Southwell Minster (good shots of the organ pipes, but no console shots!). The same goes for many of the hymns on that prog just lately. Could it be that when they have that brass ensemble they only have a few musical arrangements so they're trying to get their money's worth out of them?


    I fear that S of P is becoming very weary (even wearisome) these days. Or maybe I am in a grouchy mood today. Has any one else noticed the endless repetition?



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    I'm looking forward to it......no clergy to worry about, nice firseide chats with fellow organists, central heating and some spirited characters to stimulate the mind.


    I really would be quite bored in heaven, and in any event, I hate harps.


    I like to think that when I'm gone, I'm gone.



    Well when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! But I have heard that Hell is the place where you can't get near to the fire for vicars..... :unsure:


    BTW having been married to an American for 19 years it's "could care less" in our house!

  7. What happens if you refuse? Bell, book and candle? Prosecution in some obscure church court still living in the middle ages? Peremptory dismissal by "the boss"? Does the church have anything worse to threaten?

    Hell? :unsure:

  8. How very silly. Try losing it; get the incumbent (if it's he who is hung up on the issue) or whoever else to pay for one; or just tell them they're being plain daft.

    I can't for the life of me find my MA hood and wonder where it hath gone.... :unsure:

  9. I also receive CMQ regularly, though not personally a member. I'm assuming it's because I'm a member of a local RSCM area committee. They also used to send me "Sunday by Sunday", but for some reason that has stopped (just at a time when I could make good use of it).

    It must be that the RSCM does not have a computer so they don't know who is a member and who ain't..... :angry:

  10. I get one as a subscriber and another as the church contact. They're certainly pushing more "modern" hymns/worship songs - I suppose they want us all to buy copies of the new hymn book which is coming out soon: "Sing Praise".

    I think that we paid an RSCM subscription of about £74 roughly five years ago, but have never paid since. Was that sub a one-off then? I thought it was an annual sub. In that case, are we still affiliated?



  11. It is a great mystery to me as to how on earth I manage to receive the RSCM's Church Music Quarterly magazine (and associated stuff) without having a subscription. Does anyone else on this list receive this freebie? And if so, why/how ? Does the RSCM not have a computer system to advise them who subscribes and who doesn't?? :angry:

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    When it comes to longevity as an organist, I think the theatre organ world possibly holds the record. I seem to recall that a lady died recently, who had been playing the organ in puiblic at the age of 104, and certainly, the recently deceased Bob Mitchell played in public for a Baseball game at the age of 95.


    I also recall Ena Baga performing into her 90's, as of course, does Dr Francis Jackson.


    I think it must be the pedalling that keeps people young, though in Bob Mitchell's case, for his last performance he arrived in a wheel-chair, and had to be cranked out of it and onto the organ-bench. Once perched there, he played superbly.....feet and all.



    I think that you may be referring to Rosa Rio (June 2, 1902 – May 13, 2010), born Elizabeth Raub, who was an American organist who began as a silent film accompanist. She became a leading organist on network radio and continued to perform until age 107. With a 100-year career, she was one of the oldest performers in the music industry, along with Swiss-born tenor Hugues Coenod-108 and 106-year-old Johannes Heesters. :rolleyes:

  13. I notice that there has been no mention of the upcoming "The Organists Entertain at Liverpool Cathedral" which is to take place this Saturday 26th June 2010 19:30 - 21:30


    On this very special night, in aid of the Cathedral Organ Appeal, five celebrated organists including Nigel Ogden, Professor Ian Tracey, Daniel Bishop, Ian Wells & Martyn Noble will be playing on six different instruments


    This gala concert will be performed in the magnificent setting of the Cathedral, using six different instruments including the Cathedral Grand organ, three Makin digital instruments and two small pipe organs from David Wells.


    This is a night not to be missed for variety, virtuosity, decibels and sheer entertainment and is held in aid of the Cathedral Organ Appeal.


    Admission is £10 per person on the door


    Further information from Daniel Bishop (Associate Organist, Liverpool Cathedral) at daniel.bishop@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk


    Sounds like fun??



  14. My understanding is that organisations like the RCO, RSCM & ISM can no longer offer recommended rates of pay because it is illegal to do so. What they do issue - generally in incomprehensible format - is details of average pay in various cateogries during the previous year. This is less than helpful but, apparently, it is curently the law.



    Why is it illegal I wonder. (??)

  15. I heard the hymn Hail Thee Festival Day for the first time in St Mark's, Berkeley USA a number of years back and was very thrilled by it. The wonderful David Higgs was the organist at that time and had (iirc) a Flentrop organ to play.


    But it's a complicated hymn. Do any of our organists/choir people etc have any suggestions as to how one would introduce this to a congregation where there isn't a strong choir? I once tried it in my last parish and ermmm.... they swiftly gave up! :huh:

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    Well, this is a moot point, because nothing would probably improve on the original concept as it stands.


    I'm a great believer in NEW concepts of worship, but I have absolutely no time for that which seeks to wrap an old body in new clothes, or was it new wine and old bottles? No matter.


    I'm afraid that I am the complete revolutionary, and I would start by hacking away at Prayer Books, Psalters and quite a lot of the Bible.


    When "olde tyme" religion collpases, (which it probably will), perhaps the churches can then re-invent themselves, but not before they re-discover radical theology once more.



    MM (The iconoclast)



    Maybe it's not the old tyme religion that needs to collapse.....

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