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AndrewG

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  1. Wow! Cant believe I've just been listening to an accordion playing Messaien. Remarkable how effective it was. I suppose the sound isnt too dissimilar to a French organ sound with all its slightly out of tune reeds? It was just missing the 32ft reeds in the Dieu Parmi Nous! But very enjoyable all the same.
  2. It’s interesting with so many forum members needing hearing aids. Is this just a product of age? Or is there a genuine risk of “workplace” induced loss due to prolonged exposure to loud music. Online searching suggests prolonged exposure to anything over 75db can be a problem. Not sure how this equates to a louder registration. But it can’t be far off.
  3. Reminiscing about timing for the 2 minute silence - I recall Douglas Guest used to have 2 watches when I was a chorister at Westminster in the 70s. One was a wrist watch and the other an old fashioned pocket one on a chain. Both were synchronised to Big Ben early that morning. We would process to the Unknown Warrior's grave during the service. And then in the run up to 11 would sing an anthem (I forget which) - but we could alter the length by at least 4 different timings - depending on the repeats (i.e. sing first half, sing all, +repeat half or repeat complete) - which he would signal as we sang. He always timed to perfection finishing the singing just moments (sometimes it was only 1 or 2 seconds!) before gun salute to mark 11am. Following the 2 minutes we would sing his setting of "For the Fallen" - which I have always found very beautiful. (Strangely he isn't known for writing much else).
  4. It works well in Airplane mode. (Otherwise I was nervous of it going off mid service!!)
  5. I found Desk Clock - Analog Clock in the App Store recently. And used it for a funeral where timings of the music were critical. It has a second sweep hand. And is accurate to the second. (And free!) The screen stays on (and overrides the phone screensaver).
  6. The console looks more like an oversized Hauptwerk set up to me. 🤔 I can't believe changing registration on the hoof is any fun - so would need everything pre-setting. I like the modern design of the organ cases though (in your attached link).
  7. Slightly off topic (but not much) - I stumbled across this. I think very newly formed. https://www.societyofwomenorganists.co.uk/about-us The members section highlights many big names in the organ world (although several missing too).
  8. Catastrophe. I can’t believe anything of the contents will survive from looking at the aerial pictures. So sad for such a great building. Our thoughts for the people of Paris.
  9. Another newbie! In almost exactly the same position. I've been having lessons for a couple of years - with the ambition of ARCO. Very late to start at the organ in late 40s, but did get ALCM on piano age 16. But ARCO seems a long way off at the moment! I hadn't initially appreciated how much more stringent the playing requirements are compared to the ABRSM exams perhaps. And the keyboard and aural tests appear so daunting. In 2 minds as to whether to do CRCO as stepping stone. The pieces seem much more straightforward, but the skills gained on the aural and keyboard skills might help (or at least that is my thinking!) I've found that many of the items on the iRCO website are helpful. I also agree the stepwise approach mentioned on Hymn transposition info sheet has been invaluable!
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