Westgate Morris Posted February 26, 2007 Share Posted February 26, 2007 You have no doubt seen my name attached to various items on the Nuts and Bolts Forum. It is true that our parish is building an organ. It is true that it is unconventional in design. It is true that we are having a terraced console built for the organ and we are not located in France. The unconventional design- Great and enclosed Solo plus some Pedal stops at the back of the room with enclosed Choir and Swell and some Pedal stops at the front of the room in the chancel. This configuration was arrived at after examining the architecture of the church and much research. It is guided by a respected concert organist and scholar. The room is fortunate to have splendid acoustics. The organ builder is extremely competent and is a very respected voicer. The terraced console was chosen because it offers better sightlines than convention consoles and given this is a small parish the organist must conduct and play the organ most of the time. An argument awaits us as we confront the ‘teachers’ in the area who will be crying that because of the terraced console (not to mention the unconventional design) students and other organists will not be able to play or learn on ‘such’ an instrument. Is it not true that some of us spent our formative years on trackers with no pistons, stops located a foot from either side of the keyboard and no swell pedal? I think we turned out just fine. I am glad that I had that training as it taught me to be flexible and adaptable. On choir tours we jumped on the four manual Skinner and made it work. Sure, it wasn’t like the trackers back at college but we made music nonetheless. I fear for these students more that I fear for our profession. Inflexible organists breed inflexible choirs, breed inflexible congregations, breed disaster. Please give your opinion regarding the terraced console issue. It seems to be vogue right now, at least in the US/Canada, everything from straight terraced to amphitheatre terraced. adaptable, WM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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