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  1. Clearly Vuvuzelas appeal to the masses. Then let us seize the moment and have a Vuvuzela Chorus 16 8 4 on every organ. Have thousands at recitals!... Crowd control... black market in recital tcikets..... :lol:
  2. Maybe I haven't read everything but (in John Sayers post) "We're very excited about the Harmonics Division - it contains more than 100 microtonal steps to the octave throughout the entire compass of the organ (as compared to the normal 12 steps to each octave) and from its ranks we will be able to derive the vast array of mutations you see in the stop list. But it can of course also be used to create extraordinarily original undulating stops (celestes) ranging from just a hint of an undulation to an extremely thick and pulsating sound — all done with the use of normal, acoustic pipework. And each pipe in the Harmonics Division can be operated individually as well as assigned individually to each keyboard, it's entirely possible to work with microtonal scales of any complexity. " Can some one say plainly please how you access these 100 microtonal steps per octave from 12 keys per octave. Surely to get full advantage of the microtones you need to define how many keys to allocate to an octave as well. Of course you will also have to learn to play the new keyboard set up too! PS Microtonal enthusiasts may also be interested in the Fluid Piano recently lauched on the South Bank (e.g. Fluid Piano)- which although "fluid" in terms of the tuning of the strings (although limited to I think a tone each way)- is fixed by access from a conventional keyboard.
  3. Some mice are really insensitive to use and have a terrible shape. My favourite is currently the Logitech MX400 Performance mouse - instantly comfortable like a 60s Harrison console...
  4. What I wrote, concerning help for someone with a joint problem, is simply something that any sportsman knows about their bodies, whatever it is that they do, that trying to come from a low level of training sudddenly to a high level is very likely to lead to a detremental result - they will have a strain or worse. Your new thread is rather different; if you are already fully trained and you have a bad performance after a day off then I imagine the possibilities are- most likely you didn't warm up enough, you were tired for some reason, or you were not as well in training as you thought.
  5. I have just noticed, on the back of the latest Organists Review, an advert for an arrangement of Ravel's Bolero! Perhaps a candidate for a RSI health warning????
  6. my wife and I suggest too much practice all of a sudden - take days off take cod liver oil do you generally have enough exercise? - particularly walking! but general exercise and posture are also important check organ bench height and distance Also consider if your new pedal board requires an unusual depth of touch (too shallow, too deep) to make notes sound, or if the springs are too light. and, finally, is the rail under the bench in a convenient position? hope things get better soon..
  7. Question solved. I contacted the DOM, Nigel Kerry, at The Church of Our Lady & The English Martyrs, Cambridge, and he most kindly informed me that the tune used for 'Lead Kindly Light' is 'Lux in Tenebris' by Dom Gregory Murray in 'The Westminster Hymnal'.
  8. Thank you for your suggestion, but its not the Goodall one ......
  9. Could anyone tell me please which tune was used for Lead kindly Light on this mornings Morning Worship? What a fine tune; stopped me in my tracks..... (At time 22 min 50 sec on listen again)
  10. I found an organ pipe in the gutter outside Christ Church Woburn Square.... Hill organ and Church now demolished.
  11. I'm so cross - Sullivan is no where - despite my post no20 When will Message Boarders use E Power to change the world?
  12. My Easter... On Easter Day I was in St Sulpice and at the end of High Mass there was a most wonderful accolade from the Preist in charge, and much applause, to mark the 25th anniversary of Daniel Roth's appointment . Later, after all the services were finished, someone (Daniel Roth?) played.... the Widor Toccata! Perhaps its not too soon to be thinking about the 150th anniversary of the organ in 2012. After such a sublime morning I made a huge mistake by going to St Eustache where Guillou, who will be 80 later this month, played Listz's Ad nos - I'd never heard this organ before and I would think this was the worst possible choice of music to play on it, I'm afraid it sounded complete nonsense, if Salvador Dali could have played the organ, I'm sure he would have used the same tone colours .... I think Guillou's playing has its own unique mastery, but the organ.... Oh, I nearly forgot, there was one person who clearly enjoyed every second of the Ad Nos, he was a strange fellow standing in the aisle facing towards the organ who enacted all the organ sounds.....
  13. Maybe it came from Ede and Ravenscroft, perhaps ask them?
  14. The London County Council designed a system to extend the reverberation period of the Hall by using several hundred Helmholz resonators in the ceiling. The length of the reverberation was controllable. I think it was used as much for the organ as for orchestras. However I did not notice any particular resonance - but I'm sure you could have heard a differnece if it was turned off. There was a more noticable difference between a half full and a full auditorium; eventhough the seats were intended to have the same sound absorbtion when empty as when occupied. Last Sunday I heard Baremboim playing the Emperor concerto at the RFH, my first visit since it reopened, and thought the acoustics were remarkably clear and supportive for the piano and orchestra. But there was no sort of reverberation that an organ would really like!
  15. It appears that musical instruments are going to be removed from display at the V&A museum. I can't begin to understand the thinking behind this completely retrograde action. Perhaps Message Boaders can find out more and consider signing the petition here.
  16. Vote Sullivan Lost Chord! people get what they deserve....
  17. Me too!! This organ version takes nearly twice as long ! Lucky it takes a lot to kill a great musical idea....
  18. It is a wonderful thing to be present at great events - but seated in the nave - do you hear very much of the carols? I'm sure the congregational hymns are really inspiring - but the distant sound of the choir? Even attending evensong in the Quire at Kings, the choir sounds distant. I imagine that what we hear on the radio is effectively what the choir master hears in the carols and what the organist hears in the hymns - what couldn't be better?
  19. Hmmmm. St Davids has a population of 2000 yet has recently raised around £4,000,000 for the rebuilding of the Cloisters and other work including the rebuild of the organ in a magnificent new oak case and with a new West Choir division. The former Dean, now Bishop of St Davids, started the fund raising basically from scratch.
  20. More exciting than the Grand National!- ....with 15 minutes to go Bidders 8 and 9 are neck and neck! And now with 10 minutes to go Bidder 10 takes the lead; 8 can't stand the pace!! 9 and 10 are slugging it out!!! And its 10 seconds to go! Wohah!!! Out of nowhere Bidder 11 jumps into the lead! Yes its Bidder 11!!!!! Hurrah! Four manuals - four grand!
  21. Several years ago I went to a recital by Wayne Marshall at Reading Town Hall. I couldn't stand the speed of everything and left at half time - I've never done this before or since. He introduced one piece saying something like - "I think most people play this too slowly. I play it one in a bar." To me it sounded like one in a page!
  22. Enormous specification looks fantastic too! Spec. Lots of stops per £ !
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