Richard McVeigh Posted October 18, 2007 Share Posted October 18, 2007 After being encouraged to do so by Philip and John, I put the idea of having a completley new CCTV for the organ forward to our Precentor and hes basically right behind the idea and suggested that I look into possibilities. The current system was installed in 1971 (Francis still had 11 years to go at that point!!!) and is now proving very inadequate for today's liturgy. There is one camera which is attached to the pulpit in the Quire facing west. Before Philip's time, the conductor stood on the west side of the choir stalls with his back to the organ, but now the conductor stands with his back to the altar, and therefore his back to the camera! I am going to suggest that we: Have two 'dome' cameras which are able to rotate 360 degees; one for the nave and one for the quire. There was an occasion around Christmas time last year when I played for a nave service, but the nave console wouldn't turn on. So therefore I had to play the service from the screen console, while having two people helping me in the organ loft - one doing the usual page turning and one running round the corner to tell me what was going on. This is crazy in this day and age. Have one of those posh control panels with a joystick, as with these things you can have around 30 presents for each camera. This will enable full visibility of the Minster at the console. An LCD screen. For those who have played the screen console in York, you will know that it is very tight. At present there is an ancient TV monitor on the left hand side above the music desk. The problem is, the console is attached to the organ case, so above the music desk there is a vertical wooden wall - being the east side of the case! This current screen is very high and quite far over to the left, so not only does it miss the organist's peripheral vision, it is very visible from the quire and looks very obtrusive. An LCD screen like the one at Westminster Abbey (see below) would be ideal I think. So the reason I wrote this on here is to seek any advice. Has anyone got any idea on how much a system like this would cost, where to get such a system, and any other ideas that I haven't thought of. Many thanks, Richard Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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