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MikeK

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  1. Goodness me! Someone needs to lighten up & get out more! I suggest most sensible people will know exactly what is meant by 'twangy bangy music. '
  2. I would be interested to know how you managed to record the King's Service if you don't have a licence?
  3. To misquote Oscar Wilde; 'To lose one organist is unfortunate, to lose 3 is unforgivable'!
  4. See https://www.churchofengland.org/media/20084 for the latest info, regarding 'exercising' the organ.
  5. An interesting topic, but am I alone in thinking it is posted on the wrong forum. or is it being suggested that when playing Bach the organ should be tuned in a similar way to that suggested by David? The piano in the church where I play can be tuned in about an hour, whereas the organ takes almost 2 days!
  6. This topic was covered in a topic started on 5 Feb. 2017. Since then I have been using a pair of Resound Linx 2. 961 aids. They were not cheap but are a vast improvement on the nhs ones I was originally prescribed. As has already been mentioned, what is suitable for speech is unlikely be suitable for music, particularly the organ. It is possible to adjust the settings to suit via an iphone & then save both these & the location, this is about as good as it gets! They are not perfect but at least the organ no longer sounds like a badly out-of-tune fairground one!
  7. I seem to remember seeing a demonstration of an app that enabled the organ to be tuned single handed. It also allowed the player to check balances etc. away from the console by controlling the playback facility. With Facetime I wonder if I could work from home?!
  8. David Lang was indeed the Organist of St Mary the Boltons. I was assistant organist there in the 1960's whilst studying at one of the London music colleges. The organ was a revelation to me as I had not experienced another instrument like it up to then. it took no prisoners & demanded very clean articulation, every mistake & fudge was obvious, just what an organ student needed! The detached console was placed immediately in front of the expressive box with it's glass shutters & the choir sat to the right of the console, so everything was 'immediate.' I understood from David
  9. I agree! We also use Fothergills & have found them very thorough & reliable.
  10. I always find it difficult to understand why incumbents do not choose there own hymns, preferring to leave it to someone else to do this. Hymns should be chosen to comment on or expand the theme set by the readings, sermon etc. Without this continuity they become merely 'gap fillers' & often irrelevant to the rest of the service imho. I would like to think that there is some discussion between interested parties when hymns are chosen, but in my experience this rarely happens. Perhaps playing in one of our 'dissenters' churches has spoilt me! Am I out of touch with what happens in the
  11. A dulciana on the G O of a 2 manual is useful as an accompaniment to a swell oboe or other suitable solo stop. On the instrument I am responsible for I have had the C O dulciana tuned sharp to beat against the violin diapason. It also works well coupled up to the S O & used with the viol d' orchestra. Other combinations are available!
  12. Not just village organs! As well as a humidifier plant we have 3 large seed trays filled with water under the main frame of a 4 manual organ. The church heating is maintained at 22deg. at the weekend & reduced a couple of degrees during the week. This used to play havoc with sliders sticking but since the addition of the trays we have had no problems at all. I got some funny looks though when I placed them in the organ chamber & was then seen carrying several full water cans!
  13. After over 60 years of playing the organ I have probably made more than my fair share of c****ps, but two in partcular stand out! I was playing for the annual civic service in a large south coast church with an equally large organ, complete down to 32' reed. The console was equipped with a general crescendo pedal & a 'blind' tuttii piston, both showing only a small light when on, no stop knobs actually moved After finishing my processional voluntary with the gen cresc. fully open, followed by the tutti piston which added tuba, octave couplers & kitchen sink, I closed the gen.cresc
  14. My audiologist has suggested that I share my problem with fellow board members to see if anyone has experienced the problem I am having in coping with a mild hearing loss. I have been supplied with nhs hearing aids which help well with most situations but are unable to deal with music, particularly organ music. I have had the aids 'tweaked' about 5 times so far, with no real success & I am therefore thinking of going down the 'private' route. Before I do, I wondered whether anyone has any recommendations or experience of high-end hearing aids they are willing to pass on. The particul
  15. MikeK

    Swell pedals

    St Mary's Southampton had them also, complete with fuel gauges!
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