Peter Clark Posted December 17, 2007 Share Posted December 17, 2007 I had a cypher yesterday, just before the opening hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel which was to be sung by the Brownies and Rainbows as they processed to the altar with their flags. It was a Great cypher (tenor d for those who care about such details) and so I was confined the Swell and Positive for a while; the cypher corrected iteself so by the time of the responsorial psalm, which I had written especially for th Brownies, all was well. As is my custom, I had previously listened to the morning worship on Radio 4 which this week came from Penarth, just down the road from me, and which was essentially a Wesleyfest. (By the way the Choral Song was taken at about twice the speed I believe it should go; anybody here hear it and agree/disagree?). Anyway, it occurred to me then, as I tried to make Veni Veni Emmanuel sound convincing (the 16' swell basson got used a lot) : what would happen if an organ got a cypher during a live broadcast? We did such a broadcast for the Sunday worship about 10 years ago (when the late Archbishop Ward was on the throne - indeed it was he who preached). With a shudder I thought - what would have happened should a cypher have occurred then? We had no-one on site - ie up in the organ gallery (it was a detached console in those days) who could do a quick fix; I was downstairs conducting (I even had to conduct the spoken bits) and anyway I am pretty useless inside organs (and some would say not much better outside) and an imported organist was at the console. So, does anyone know of cyphers during live broadcasts of this or any other nature? Peter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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