firstname.lastname@example.org Posted April 30, 2009 Share Posted April 30, 2009 Hello everyone! I have been lying here silently for a while now and have found the posts and their contributors extremely interesting, so much so I feel compelled to complete my first post and hope that you can all help me out on subject that really is important to me. This does involve a short story, but please stick with me. I have all ways loved the organ from when I first set eye on one at local church aged 7, so I took my piano grades and joint the local choir for a closer look. I started to enjoy the whole church thing and so the whole thing started to snowball. Started lessons aged 9 and by 13 was organist at a local church moving to a larger instrument and building at 15. I even spent my school work experience at Manders workshop! As I grew older I started playing services freelance in my local area and then around London progressing to local choir trips to cathedrals around the country. A promising FRCO candidate it was all going very well until 2006 when I was attacked in the street by some mindless idiot intent of stealing something or other. Said idiot stabbed me once in the lower abdomen in my local high street before running off with nothing. Rushed to hospital with server internal injuries it was unclear if I would make it. I lost so much blood that low blood oxygen levels to my brain had significantly damaged parts of my nervous system. I remember coming round in hospital unable to move, the commands I had been sending my body all my life no longer had the reaction they did before. I was terrifying. Its taken 6 operations and nearly 3 years or re-learning everything to get to where I am today, my brain has no input connections from my body anymore and cannot sense the position of any of my joints so relies on my eyesight to reference body position and balance. So the big question was could I still play...? The answer is a profound YES (amazing) although I have to feel for the pedal notes, something my old tutor always said anyway. I'm certainly not at the standard I was before but i don't care, I seem to be able to move with such freedom when playing when normally I have to concentrate to just walk. And what is more is that improvement can be seen by practice, which is obviously important and the organ is amazing therapy for coordination and balance. I have a new job and at 35 am so thankful for life and feel like I'm living all over again! I'm determined that this time I going to make more of my talent but I'm finding it difficult. I'm now back at work as a field IT engineer in and around central London and find getting practice instruments impossible, my local church is also less than accommodating. I would love a central London church where I could sneak in for a 45 minutes or so during the day when I get a chance and things are quiet. I have been attending any lunchtime recitals I can get to and have found them very enjoyable. Should I find a new tutor with a bit of understanding who can get me going again? I'm really struggling to kick myself back off again but I know I can do it. This board has been an inspiration to me and has kept me going and its great to be back in the position where I can now play the instrument I love. Sorry I've gone on for so long! If you can offer any advice or help I would love to hear from you all. Many Thanks R Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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