David Drinkell Posted February 8, 2011 Share Posted February 8, 2011 Prompted by the remarks on the Oxbridge thread about a lethal finial, I am wondering about examples of instruments with features that make them awkward to approach or play. I remember Bromley Parish Church in Kent (geographically if not administratively speaking) having a very poky console area for someone who is just under six feet tall. At the Fenland church of Stuntney, Cambridgeshire, there is a very small one manual Miller (Cambridge) organ of about 1880. When playing I could rest my forehead on the impost and there was only just room on the music desk for an organ copy of Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard Version, which is ten inches high. After eight years, I still occasionally bang my knee on the edge of the (Casavant) console at St. John's Cathedral, Newfoundland when jumping off quickly, e.g. Play Howells Coll Reg Agnus Dei, bang knee while going to conduct motet, try not to swear loudly, return to organ, play communion hymn, Howells Gloria, last hymn and Vierne Carillon (Big Chief Thunderfoot's War-Dance), cursing like mad. It's a tough life sometimes..... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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