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Cameron Carpenter/nathan Laube

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There has been some discussion here about Cameron Carpenter and the UK tour which was planned for summer of 2009. I can speak with a little authority as I planned and arranged all the tour venues. There were 11 in all and it is true that the whole thing has been cancelled by Cameron and his new Manager Richard Torrence.

 

This has caused me and a great number of people a great deal of stress and in some cases anger. While I can still see some reason for the cancellation - Cameron has the opportunity to make a second recording for Telarc, I can also agree with those who think it is very poor judgement by Cameron's management to break "contracts" with these important venues.

 

I have got to know Cameron quite well over the past year and wish to keep him as a friend so will not damn him as others have.

 

The GOOD NEWS OUT OF THIS IS THAT ANOTHER BRILLIANT AMERICAN ORGANIST CALLED NATHAN LAUBE IS TAKING OVER 7 OUT OF THE 11 VENUES ORIGINALLY BOOKED FOR CAMERON.

 

I would ask members to have a look at Nathan's webisite at www.nathanlaube.com as this gives information about the tour and his playing - which is stunning, but the tour dates are as follows:

 

Monday 17th August - All Souls Langham Place - 7.30pm

 

Wednesday 19th August - Exeter Cathedral - 8pm

 

Friday 21st August - Great Torrington Parish Church Devon - 7.30pm

 

Saturday 22nd August - Truro Cathedral - 7.30pm

 

Wednesday 26th August - Christchurch Priory - 7.30pm

 

Saturday 29th August - Canterbury Cathedral - 7.30pm

 

Saturday 5th September - Nichols Nymet House, North Tawton Devon - 7pm

 

Further details also at organrecitals.com

 

 

There may even be time to squeeze in one or two other engagements and if anyone is interested they should contact me here or at

paulsgoodman@hotmail.com

 

I do hope people will support Nathan and give him the recognition he deserves in the UK.

 

Paul Goodman

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CHRISTCHURCH PRIORY was one of the venues to have been visited by Cameron Carpenter this summer.

 

We were initially disappointed at Mr Carpenter's extraordinary decision to cancel his UK tour; but his name is but a memory now that we have booked NATHAN LAUBE instead.

 

I have visited Nathan's website and listened to many of his tracks, and can confirm that his playing is simply amazing. He is considerably younger than Cameron Carpenter, yet his playing has great maturity, excitement and colour. I have spoken to him several times now, and find that he has a most engaging personality too. His is certainly a name to watch.

 

We, at Christchurch are very excited at the prospect of his concert on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26th at 7.30. (There will be a video screen projection.) If anyone is within reach of the area, I do hope they will support this event. Tickets may be booked via Christchurch Tourist Information Centre, or at the door on the night.

 

Geoffrey Morgan (Priory Organist)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There has been some discussion here about Cameron Carpenter and the UK tour which was planned for summer of 2009. I can speak with a little authority as I planned and arranged all the tour venues. There were 11 in all and it is true that the whole thing has been cancelled by Cameron and his new Manager Richard Torrence.

 

This has caused me and a great number of people a great deal of stress and in some cases anger. While I can still see some reason for the cancellation - Cameron has the opportunity to make a second recording for Telarc, I can also agree with those who think it is very poor judgement by Cameron's management to break "contracts" with these important venues.

 

I have got to know Cameron quite well over the past year and wish to keep him as a friend so will not damn him as others have.

 

The GOOD NEWS OUT OF THIS IS THAT ANOTHER BRILLIANT AMERICAN ORGANIST CALLED NATHAN LAUBE IS TAKING OVER 7 OUT OF THE 11 VENUES ORIGINALLY BOOKED FOR CAMERON.

 

I would ask members to have a look at Nathan's webisite at www.nathanlaube.com as this gives information about the tour and his playing - which is stunning, but the tour dates are as follows:

 

Monday 17th August - All Souls Langham Place - 7.30pm

 

Wednesday 19th August - Exeter Cathedral - 8pm

 

Friday 21st August - Great Torrington Parish Church Devon - 7.30pm

 

Saturday 22nd August - Truro Cathedral - 7.30pm

 

Wednesday 26th August - Christchurch Priory - 7.30pm

 

Saturday 29th August - Canterbury Cathedral - 7.30pm

 

Saturday 5th September - Nichols Nymet House, North Tawton Devon - 7pm

 

Further details also at organrecitals.com

 

 

There may even be time to squeeze in one or two other engagements and if anyone is interested they should contact me here or at

paulsgoodman@hotmail.com

 

I do hope people will support Nathan and give him the recognition he deserves in the UK.

 

Paul Goodman

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CHRISTCHURCH PRIORY was one of the venues to have been visited by Cameron Carpenter this summer.

 

We were initially disappointed at Mr Carpenter's extraordinary decision to cancel his UK tour; but his name is but a memory now that we have booked NATHAN LAUBE instead.

 

I have visited Nathan's website and listened to many of his tracks, and can confirm that his playing is simply amazing. He is considerably younger than Cameron Carpenter, yet his playing has great maturity, excitement and colour. I have spoken to him several times now, and find that he has a most engaging personality too. His is certainly a name to watch.

 

We, at Christchurch are very excited at the prospect of his concert on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26th at 7.30. (There will be a video screen projection.) If anyone is within reach of the area, I do hope they will support this event. Tickets may be booked via Christchurch Tourist Information Centre, or at the door on the night.

 

Geoffrey Morgan (Priory Organist)

 

I can see why you have booked him, he is really good, and the tracks on his web site are amazing. I am just sorry that he is not playing in the north of the country. It says he was in Durham cathedral for a while, and am amazed that JBL did not book him to play this year, mores the pity.

I shall just have to have a couple of days off, and fly south :unsure:

 

Peter

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The tour for Nathan was an exercise in picking up the pieces left by Cameron not coming - so that determined the venues and dates. I'm sure Nathan would love to return to Durham (my favourite Cathedral organ) and give a concert.

 

Paul

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The tour for Nathan was an exercise in picking up the pieces left by Cameron not coming - so that determined the venues and dates. I'm sure Nathan would love to return to Durham (my favourite Cathedral organ) and give a concert.

 

Paul

 

so its your favourite too,

 

had many happy times recording there, and attending recitals in my youth :unsure:

Peter

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Quick link of an example of Nathan's playing

 

 

http://www.nathanlaube.com/index.php?p=aud...vid=RbcfsXsLD4U

 

Interesting experience today upon visiting Truro Cathedral...

 

Today is the day of the cancelled Cameron Carpenter recital but what do we find? Mr Laube's recital tour has also been cancelled and HIS recital tonight is to be by Jane Parker Smith! According to a poster in the cathedral, Mr Laube had been refused entry to the UK at Heathrow airport.

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Interesting experience today upon visiting Truro Cathedral...

 

Today is the day of the cancelled Cameron Carpenter recital but what do we find? Mr Laube's recital tour has also been cancelled and HIS recital tonight is to be by Jane Parker Smith! According to a poster in the cathedral, Mr Laube had been refused entry to the UK at Heathrow airport.

 

Very strange! I'm currently staying near Torrington, and was told by the organist there that it was due to go ahead as planned...might have to ask around.

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In the circumstances I am sure Nathan will not mind me reproducing his e-mail here.

 

 

"Dear Barry,

 

 

"Thanks for your note and concern. I was so disappointed indeed not to be able to be at Truro this weekend, and other concerts as well in London, Exeter, and Torringon. I was denied access because of a new Immigration law of which I (and my colleagues) were unaware, requiring me to have a specific "Certificate of Sponsorship" in order to play my recital tour. As I did not possess that, and so I was sent back to the US, and spent the week at the British Consulate General in Chicago working with representatives to figure out an alternative. We were able to do so, and I am happy to report that I will be in England on Monday morning to perform the last four recitals of my tour!

 

 

"I'm sorry that I was unable to be with you at Truro, and I am most indebted to Jane Parker Smith for gallantly stepping up to play several of those missed recitals! What an adventure indeed!!

 

 

"All very best wishes to you, and thank you again for your note.

 

 

"Nathan"

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In the circumstances I am sure Nathan will not mind me reproducing his e-mail here.

 

 

"Dear Barry,

 

 

"Thanks for your note and concern. I was so disappointed indeed not to be able to be at Truro this weekend, and other concerts as well in London, Exeter, and Torringon. I was denied access because of a new Immigration law of which I (and my colleagues) were unaware, requiring me to have a specific "Certificate of Sponsorship" in order to play my recital tour. As I did not possess that, and so I was sent back to the US, and spent the week at the British Consulate General in Chicago working with representatives to figure out an alternative. We were able to do so, and I am happy to report that I will be in England on Monday morning to perform the last four recitals of my tour!

 

 

"I'm sorry that I was unable to be with you at Truro, and I am most indebted to Jane Parker Smith for gallantly stepping up to play several of those missed recitals! What an adventure indeed!!

 

 

"All very best wishes to you, and thank you again for your note.

 

 

"Nathan"

 

For the same reason I have had to cancel my recital at Worcester on the 5th of September - very reluctantly.

 

B

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What the heck's going on with immigration? I had no idea that visiting organists were being banned from giving recitals in the UK, that's hardly going to inspire people overseas to accept invitations for recitals any more :(

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What the heck's going on with immigration? I had no idea that visiting organists were being banned from giving recitals in the UK, that's hardly going to inspire people overseas to accept invitations for recitals any more :(

 

 

And by the same token will UK-based organists find it harder to give recitals elsewhere?

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new Immigration law of which I (and my colleagues) were unaware, requiring me to have a specific "Certificate of Sponsorship" in order to play my recital tour.

 

We will all run across this at some time or other! We have recently taken on a pipe maker who is Japanese but was working for Paul Fritts in the US: first, American Immigration refused to allow him to stay there and so he came to us and we have to pay the UK Government £300 for the privilege of asking for a certificate of Sponsorship and then, after we find the person we wish to sponsor, we have to pay again actually to sponsor - it's the usual UK rip-off I'm afraid. Oh yes, and it's renewable, it doesn't just run on , so there are repeat fees!

 

But looking at this a little more objectively - surely, Mr. Laube's situation is no different at all from that of any UK/EU Organist or other musician of any note wishing to do a 'recital tour' or otherwise working in the US where one has to have a visa to work, and it's been like that for years. Even individual members of visiting Choirs have to apply and pay for a P1 visa.

 

Free country(ies)? Not on your life!

 

DW

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As he persevered and finally managed to get into the country, I think I'll take Justason and Justamum to his recital in Canterbury on Saturday.

 

Anyone else thinking of going?

 

Best wishes

 

J

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We will all run across this at some time or other! We have recently taken on a pipe maker who is Japanese but was working for Paul Fritts in the US: first, American Immigration refused to allow him to stay there and so he came to us and we have to pay the UK Government £300 for the privilege of asking for a certificate of Sponsorship and then, after we find the person we wish to sponsor, we have to pay again actually to sponsor - it's the usual UK rip-off I'm afraid. Oh yes, and it's renewable, it doesn't just run on , so there are repeat fees!

 

But looking at this a little more objectively - surely, Mr. Laube's situation is no different at all from that of any UK/EU Organist or other musician of any note wishing to do a 'recital tour' or otherwise working in the US where one has to have a visa to work, and it's been like that for years. Even individual members of visiting Choirs have to apply and pay for a P1 visa.

 

Free country(ies)? Not on your life!

 

DW

 

UK organists can play here without problems. As can Americans, in fact. And I wouldn't have had a problem in the UK if I were not still blessed with a South African passport. But I've been going in and out of England several times a year for over 20 years, so it took me unawares! (Plus the fact that the company which administers the visas on behalf of the Embassy charged me € 83 for the visa I didn't get!)

 

Cheers

B

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Even individual members of visiting Choirs have to apply and pay for a P1 visa.

 

DW

Since when? Our cathedral choirs have toured the USA several times in the last 13 years, and this is news to me.

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The tour for Nathan was an exercise in picking up the pieces left by Cameron not coming - so that determined the venues and dates. I'm sure Nathan would love to return to Durham (my favourite Cathedral organ) and give a concert.

 

I've heard both organists at the same venue (different concerts in the same recital series). I must say that Nathan Laube is a much better musician. While Cameron Carpenter has amazing technique and showmanship, Nathan Laube shows way more depth in his interpretation.

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