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nazard

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  1. It is obvious that a west organ as at Westminster Cathedral is a dead loss for accompanying the choir, but the original question was about nave divisions. Surely a nave division is for recitals, volutaries and goading the congregation into singing hymns? I stick by my point that the west end seems best for that. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is unusual in that the building is about as wide as it is long, so its admirable solution is not likely to work in long, thin medieval buildings. I have heard suggestions that a large pipe organ is an effective sound baffle and absorber, which stops
  2. I think Westminster Cathedral makes the point very successfully: the west end it has to be.
  3. nazard

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    Please do - it would be a Godsend. Don't forget the easy stuff, which us poor mortals find difficult. Popular contemporary hymnbooks seem to be peppered with errors just as much as organ music. If you do write to publishers, would you point out that I can't turn over with my feet? Quite a few seem to think that so long as there is a rest on one of the staves he/she can put a page turn in?
  4. How long would Mr Mander have to wait and under what conditions should he store the said piece of sheepskip before coming to a conclusion?
  5. I had a glorious experience with this one. Our PP, who had a powerful singing voice and an unfortunate excessive self confidence, wanted to solo the verses, to an organ accompaniment, and the choir/congregation would sing the choruses. Each verse starts with a left hand chord in the organ, and after a beat's rest, the melody comes in. As soon as he heard the chord our PP paniced and started. I gave a quick skip to get into time, he thought I wanted to go like the proverbial bat from the place we don't mention, and off he went... Ever since then our choir has called that number "The painful
  6. When singing some of these dreadful hymns, it can be helpful to remember the words of on older version of "Hark a herald voice is calling." In the first edition of the Westminster Hymnal the words read "Hark ! an awful voice is sounding." Quite a few choirs and music groups I have encountered could make this their signature tune. To get back to dreadful hymns, my own nomination is "Peace is flowing like a river." It doesn't mention God, it oozes conceit, and has the melodic interest of a badly oiled door swinging in the wind. As for the harmony, I can't even recall it. Why is it in hymnboo
  7. The idea of attracting the young is fine, but the problem is how. I am speaking of the RC church, but protestant friends tell me that they have the same problem. The young do not seem to be attracted by the "music group" style of worship which seems to many to be based on 1960s pop. Contemporary pop idiom does not carry religious sentiments at all well, and young people often agree with this view. They are content with traditional church music, which they sum up with the sentiment "at least you know you're in church". The catholic chaplaincies at Oxford and Cambridge, which thirty year
  8. Vox, The problem I have is the occasional lost packet, I assume due to a poor signal/noise ratio giving some sort of checksum error. The result is occasional clicks or short silences in the sound. However, in between, the quality is good, and my digibox has a sound line out. I assume that in good reception areas there will be no problem except for a slight loss of bandwidth compared to fm.
  9. Denon hi-fis are a bit pricy for most of us, but a relatively practical solution for many people are the digital set top boxes which record digital tv on their built in hard disc drives. The freeview television system carries a selection of radio stations, including radio 3, and set top boxes which record cost about £100. Mine can even be set to record every week at a single set up session. Where I live is a long way from the tv transmitter, and quality is not quite as good as fm radio, but it is a lot better than the net. Perhaps someone who lives in a good tv reception area would like to com
  10. I have ludicrous size feet (12 1/2 H) and I cope with the problem by playing without shoes. To keep the choir from moaning, it is best to change your socks immediately before playing. An extra pair of thick wooly socks from a hiking shop is handy for the winter. Otherwise I get my shoes from Harland and Wolf... People with enormous feet have usually got them on the end of very long legs, and getting rid of the shoe heels makes your legs an inch or so shorter which helps to get them under the lowest manual. My organ playing kit includes pieces of wood for putting under the legs of o
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