Guest Cynic Posted February 10, 2011 Share Posted February 10, 2011 As some of you will know, one of the three large organs Edmund Schulze built in the UK (St.Peter's Hindley, Greater Manchester) is currently unusable. The specification and part of the story is told here: http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=R00463 The Hugh Banton electronic instrument that took its place in 2003, and some of whose speakers are already installed inside the historic (and listed) case is about to receive further improvements (!). I quote from the parish website "Currently, we are trying to raise £4,500 to add various extensions to the organ including a Cathedral style echo system and speaker system at the West end, variable tremulants, better control over midi, CCTV views to West End of church etc." and "Sponsors are currently being sought to help fund improvements to the organ. We would like to make several improvements to our magnificent organ including the siting of additional louspeakers (sic!) at the back of church, within the Schultz (sic!) casework. This would enable the beautiful sounds that the organ posesses to be heard more distinctly and provide us with an instrument that could accompany services at the east and west end of the church ." Now, I've heard and seen the work of Hugh Banton. For what it is, i.e. complex and well-installed electronic sound-producing equipment impersonating genuine organ pipes, it is of high quality. However, only someone totally beguiled by flashing lights, console gadgets and what one might politely term 'church music fantasy land' (32' pitch and echos) can possibly (surely??) think that this instrument is more worth expenditure than the unique and historic instrument for which it is 'standing in'. Opinions anyone? adnosad: This one' s for you. I have two other questions to ask... 1. What happens to any pipework that may need to be displaced by extra speakers? 2. Do any of our German friends feel like raising some money to have this organ bought and returned to Germany. I think its present 'custodians' might just go for that!! Put it this way, their totally negative judgement upon this unlucky instrument seems undeniable. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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