Guest Nigel ALLCOAT Posted December 14, 2005 Share Posted December 14, 2005 I have just had sent to me the new Organistbogen from the DOKS of Denmark by my agent. Having spent many, many hours reading just about everything on this Forum in the past few days since joining, I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the state of UK organists and organ building passions. Now that this new book has been published (a publication that appears about every 7 years) I feel that many might like (or ought) to purchase it. Hugely illuminating from every angle. What is DOKS? Well, it is the highest professional body of Organists in Denmark that look after the conditions, pay, etc of the top employees in church music. There must be around about 500/600 of them. This book prints every specification of every instrument associated with these positions; the organ's history; every known organist (yes - far before the Buxtehudes in some places) of the church with dates and birthday of the present incumbant; how many concerts a year promoted; how many living in the Parish; the Assistant's name; etc. It is a wonderful reference book as well as being an endless source of dreams for those members here who blow bubbles whilst submerged in specifications! The DOKS organization is a Union too. Then there are the many hundreds of people who belong to the 2nd rung of Union - the PO's. These are mostly village organists, and Assistants on a percentage of the full salary etc. It seems that a Parish of around 4,000 people seems to also by default get an assistant! Each has its own conference each year. The PO's have their own books (there has to be 2, becuase of their number). So, just about every organ in the whole country is documented as well as the players of them. Salaries, you ask? I will find out for sure a little later - but it used to be about £20,000 a year for an ordinary organist (non-professional) of PO status doing about 75% time. What the DOKS get (the equivilant of course of a Doctor or Solicitor), I am not so sure. There is the retirement age and the pension to enjoy to take into consideration too. It is also interesting to note that the whole population of Denmark is a few million less than the population of London. The website of the DOKS is Danish Organistwww.doks.dk E-mail email@example.com Just about everyone speaks English if you want to ask how to purchase this amazing publication. The book (hardback & about 450 pages) is about 250Kr (around £25) makes excellent reading for you when huddled round the one bar of electric heating during the sermon. It will warm your heart to know how well looked after your counterpart is across the North Sea. Should these not be the sort of organizations that the RCO/RSCM ought to be? Answers on a Christmas Card! Seasons Greetings, NJA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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