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I went to the lunchtime concert in Birmingham today. The organ scholar, a charming young lady who acts as page turner for the concerts, was just outside the doors of the hall with a 3 stop (Stopped Diapason, Open Diapason and Trumpet), 5 note (C to E) hand-blown tracker organ in a glass case. All the "works" were visible and visitors were invited to have a go.

 

What a great idea - to give everyone the chance to see how a tracker organ works and to see and hear what sound comes from the various, nicely-voiced pipes. Well, not see the sound, but you know what I mean!

 

Peter

 

PS Sorry if this is old news, but I hadn't seen it before.

 

PPS The concert was superb - plenty of opportunities to hear the many colours of this wonderful instrument. And the chamades..... :lol:

 

http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/lunchtime-organ...homas-trotter-7

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Dunno how long it's been there, I've certainly seen it wheeled out on a number of occasions. I think it must have a "big brother" as I'm sure I've seen a chamber organ on stage from time to time. i once asked if, having proven myself with the firsh three notes of "Three blind mice", I might be permitted to tickle the ivories of its rather bigger brother in the concert hall but sadly but predictably such permission wasn't granted. :(

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As a previous organ scholar at Shymphony Hall in Birmingham I have fond memories of lugging that piece of kit around. It was made at the same time as the organ (by Klais) and it has been used for educational purposes. Its a great toy, but I had to be careful not to run over any members of the pulic (as it´s on weels) - let alone members of this disussion board (cough cough!!).

 

Greetings from Austria

 

Jonathan Thorne

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Dunno how long it's been there, I've certainly seen it wheeled out on a number of occasions. I think it must have a "big brother" as I'm sure I've seen a chamber organ on stage from time to time. i once asked if, having proven myself with the firsh three notes of "Three blind mice", I might be permitted to tickle the ivories of its rather bigger brother in the concert hall but sadly but predictably such permission wasn't granted. :(

 

I thought the same but playing the first few notes of Bach's Fugue in D major (BWV 532?). I changed my mind because I thought it might sound horrid transposed down a tone...

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As a previous organ scholar at Shymphony Hall in Birmingham I have fond memories of lugging that piece of kit around. It was made at the same time as the organ (by Klais) and it has been used for educational purposes. Its a great toy, but I had to be careful not to run over any members of the pulic (as it´s on weels) - let alone members of this disussion board (cough cough!!).

 

Greetings from Austria

 

Jonathan Thorne

 

I have a sneaking suspicion that Klais are going to build one similar for the Auckland Town Hall, but I cannot remember where I read this or if they are going ahead with it.

 

JA

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Dunno how long it's been there, I've certainly seen it wheeled out on a number of occasions. I think it must have a "big brother" as I'm sure I've seen a chamber organ on stage from time to time. i once asked if, having proven myself with the firsh three notes of "Three blind mice", I might be permitted to tickle the ivories of its rather bigger brother in the concert hall but sadly but predictably such permission wasn't granted. :lol:

 

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If they got any lottery money, stick up for your rights and demand access!

 

It's only an organ, not the crown jewels.

 

MM

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