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  1. Weddings usually seem to provide a higher than average disaster quotient. I’ve heard some very interesting variations on Widor 5. Personally I’ll admit my shortcomings –I can’t play it, I get cramp in my fingers after a couple of pages (if only I’d practised my scales and arpeggios more diligently). Rings and veils seem equally disaster prone. One hapless bride managing to loose her veil in the wind along with two other hastily concocted replacements – I must have played for 45 minutes before she finally graced us with her presence. And of course, the old faithful of the rings disappearing down the heating gratings! Disasters with personnel at wedding can also a source of great amusement. Incontinent pageboys and brides and bridesmaids having problems with there attire stick vividly in my mind. I recall one blushing bride (oh boy was she blushing), that popped out of her dress, much to the delight of the choirboys. One of whom was heard to exclaim “ Cor!!! Look at those t***”. Sadly the mirrors just couldn’t pick up the spectacle, but I was reliably informed by several gentlemen of the choir that the incident has brightened up their afternoon considerably.
  2. Oh the fun of the double entendre - reminds me of the time when I was best man for a fellow organist, I thought it was funny at the time - then I saw the video!. Thinking of the double entendre - should it be a 32' or a 16'?
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  4. A friend of mine directed me to have a look at this musical listening test devised by the University of Newcastle http://www.delosis.com/listening/measure.html I'm off to the doctors to have my ears syringed -I only scored 24!
  5. Hmm, me I think - she just said Hi and carried on smoking Nope! .... <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
  6. Oh for organ loft in which to hide! Sadly my console is in full view of the congregation, it’s located half way down the church on the liturgical south side. I have popped out for a breath of air once or twice. On one occasion discovering the preachers wife had slipped out for a smoke! My father has often told the story of the cathedral organist who liked to slip out for a pint, apparently this was such a regular occurrence that the pint would be waiting for him on the bar! This arrangement worked perfectly until the minister was taken ill – and a member of the choir was despatched to recover the organist. No names, no locations, other than to say the 1960’s and a south of England location.
  7. The organ I play each Sunday is a much more modest beast than yours Steve. And probably much more typical of an “average” UK church. Come to think of it, even my two local cathedrals organs are not that big. For the specification, have a look at http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=D03036 or at our church website http://www.centrepiece.org which also has a couple of pictures of the organ. Yes it has extensions and borrowing, but it works remarkably well considering it’s a hybrid of two now deceased organs. Whilst rummaging through the church archives I came across the proposed specification drawn up by a leading UK organ building firm. I can say without hesitation that I’m very glad Browne’s got the contract. In the hands, and feet, of an expert (even me on a very very good day) it copes well with most of the repertoire. Allan Wicks treated us to a memorable Bach D major and Ridout’s Three Resurrection Dances. Widor 6 and the Liszt BACH also come across very well. David Flood also treated us to a fantastic Carillon de Westminster . If anyone is passing through and wants a play, do let me know
  8. Messian v Organist. Reminds me of the time when A fellow organist had a wee bit of an accident at the end of Widor 5!!
  9. Is everyone else listening avidly? No! I'll get my coat.......
  10. There is a recording by Nicholas Kynaston which features 2 pieces by Wiedermann. They do sound like fun . I think the organ was Chichester - but I cant find the CD to check right now. I also heard him play some Wiedermann in Westminster cathedral. Rob
  11. I wholeheartedly agree with the theme of this thread, it would be nice to see Allan Wicks recordings reissued on CD. I always enjoyed his playing – Saturday Evensong was always a treat, he would disappear upstairs during the final hymn and then treat us to some fireworks. Dupre's Evocation being one such treat. The first time I heard him play wasn’t in the Cathedral but in Centrepiece Church in Ashford (I think it was 1979). Two items from the programme remain fresh in my memory, the Three Resurrection Dances by Alan Ridout and the Bach D major (the one which opens with the pedal scale). For a modest 2 manual organ it coped admirably with these works. Sitting there that night I never imagined that some 12 years later I would end up as organist at this church. Slightly off topic: this is my first post to this board, although I’ve been following the discussions for some time. I’d just like to say hello to everyone. Rob
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