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Steve Goodwin

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  1. Messy Church

    "Messy Church" has been going on for years in our church but it's not a 'service'. It's more of a couple of hours of activities for kids that takes place in church once a month. Doesn't involve any music. Seems very popular. Steve
  2. Coping with mistakes/failures

    I agree totally with Colin. I too have had about 30 years of playing at my local church and have had my fair share of c--k-ups - although probably no more than those caused by clergy, servers, sidesmen and all the rest. We're not a cathedral, we're a group of amateurs in a small parish church. We always do our best but, as you say, mistakes happen. Most congregations are understanding and accepting. Steve
  3. ... or for something completely different, Paul Ayres Toccata on 'All you need is love' http://paulayres.co.uk/catalogue/243.html Steve
  4. Incorporated Association of Organists

    Seems to be OK now - can't see any odd links here Steve
  5. Chester Cathedral Organ

    No - but I was very happy to contribute to the upkeep of the organ and if you couldn't (or didn't) pay, no one was going to complain. With the (few) regular users at my church (who do not play for services - or come to church) we make no charge but ask for any donation as and when they see fit. Seems reasonable to me! Steve
  6. Chester Cathedral Organ

    When I was a lad, the organist at my my local parish church wouldn't let anyone touch the organ unless they were having lessons with him... Other churches nearby, although not as conveneint, were much more helpful. Most made some nominal charge which was fair enough - 3/6d an hour if I remember rightly (this was a long time ago!). I think it was 5/- at St Johns in Stanmore but that was worth it for Rothwell's wonderful little tab stops between each manual! Steve
  7. City Churches - service routine

    I don't think this is peculiar to city churches. In the 20 years I've been at a middling sized Gloucestershire village church the Sunday evening service has dwindles to almost nothing. The powers that be have tried all sorts of services - choral, said, Taizé, Iona, etc - but it's just the faithful (very) few that come. Different times made no difference. Over the same period, the Sunday morning service has dropped a little from around 65 to 55 but nowhere near as much. Even churchgoers just don't seem interested in Sunday afternoon/evening any more.
  8. Playing for your first service

    I recall an urgent phone call to play for a funeral. Vicar says 'Just the usual 2 hymns - The Day thou Gavest and Psalm 23'. (... I suspect you can see where this is going...) Now small funeral congregartions aren't renowned for singing loudly but even so I was thinking that Crimond normally goes better than this when the vicars head appeared round the side of the organ. Yes - wrong psalm 23 - they wanted 'The King of love my shepherd is'. I still think it was his fault but ever since then I have double checked with the printed service sheet before we start. This is also useful for finding out what random number of verses the undertakers have decided to print... Steve
  9. Interesting choice of Hymn Books

    A & M NS. We also use our own home-produced book of about 50 worship songs/modern hymns etc. That allows us to to get a decent collection of the better stuff while avoiding the dross and - if you have a CCLI licence - can work out cheaper than buying a set of new books. I have to say I'm rather taken with 'Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise'. Plenty of new and unusual stuff but that's no bad thing and many of the word settings are very good. Steve
  10. The future organist?

    It might be interesting to widen the question to consider amateurs (like me) and professionals separately. I've been on the local RSCM committee for about the last 15 years and there has been a significant decline over that period in the number of churches with a regular organist (and choir - but that's another discussion ) While some of it is due to a lack of organists, a greater amount is due to changing fashion as mentioned above. Steve
  11. Hymn Tune Help?

    It's not mentioned in HymnQuest which includes most known hymn books Steve
  12. Makin takes over Copeman Hart

    Ditto in Gloucestershire Steve
  13. Christchurch (New Zealand) earthquake

    See also here - http://tinyurl.com/67rm99k about Neil Stocker, one of those sadly killed. Steve
  14. A question of storage

    We use heavy manilla A4 envelopes. The type with a gusset which will take at least 1 or 2 inches of music. These go in conventional filing cabinets in normal suspension folders. Not as elegant as boxes but much cheaper and serves the purpose - protects the music, easy to store and easy to access. Steve
  15. Playing in very cold churches

    I also use the fan heater approach. Placed on the floor to the side of the bench. Not ideal but at least it stops my fingers freezing to the keys! Steve
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