ples Posted May 5, 2011 Share Posted May 5, 2011 There doesn't seem to be a specific place on this board to post an introduction so I guess it has go here. I've thought for some time about whether or not to post to here as I was not sure whether I would be welcome. I am not a musician in any way, shape or form and as such have nothing of value to contribute - though I do (obviously) have an interest in the subject matter (hence the posting name). I have read the forum periodically for many months and out of that one or two questions have arisen which I'd like to put on here before I go back to lurking. If members are amenable to answering questions from a curious but uninformed non-musician then I'd put the questions on slowly over the coming weeks. If not then I'll simply go back to lurking. The reason I've (temporarily) come out of hiding tonight is because I am actually typing this from a hotel room, out the window of which can be seen the tower of Hereford Cathedral and it is actually partly because of this forum that I am here! Having contemplated saying a brief hello for some time it seemed only appropriate that tonight should be the night - that and the fact that as I do not know anyone within 100 miles I have little else to do with my evening! Reading this forum even for a short while and it is soon clear that the name of Henry Willis looms large in terms of British organ heritage and the Wikipedia article on Hereford Cathedral boldy claims that the Willis organ here is generally considered to be one of the finest examples. Being a Wackypedia article of course that could have been written by anyone but I was fortunate enough that an organ scholar was practicising during my visit so I did have the opportunity to hear the organ play. Besides Hereford my trip this week is also taking me to Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals, both of which seem to occupy disproportionate amounts of column inches on this board. And just in case anyone is thinking I must be mad to drive right across the country to listen to an organ scholar practice I should just point out that one of my interests is photography and I am primarily here on a photography trip (though I wish I'd known Hereford Cathedral was a building site) but obviously it was a bonus to hear the organ play. I even managed to stay the first 30 mins of a service at Gloucester yesterday so I heard the organ there played properly (it's quite loud!). On to Worcester tomorrow. It was the regular discussion of these cathedrals on here which focussed my attention on the fact that this is a part of the country I've never visited and know little about but which promised rich pickings for Mr Nikon so here I am. As for why a non-musician would be interested in church organs.... well I went to a cathedral school as a child and, although not a cathedral chorister, was in the school's recital choir and always loved the organ in the cathedral (as well as the music we sang). As I grew up all that ceased to have a role in my life but after a difficult couple of years which have seen most of my hopes and dreams destroyed and many of my hobbies no longer possible I have had to take a step back and re-focus. In doing so I have remembered a little of me that I left behind long ago, hence the renewed interest now (which led me to discover these forums last year). As a child I had a cassette (remember them?!) of Nicolas Kynaston playing at the Royal Albert Hall. I listened to it more than everything else I had added together so it was quite fitting that after nearly 18 years without hearing a single note from a cathedral organ it was his recital on the new organ at St Edmondsbury that got it started again and I've since managed to track down MP3's of the Albert Hall recordings. Whether or not anyone follows up on this post, I thank you all for reading. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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