Martin Cooke Posted December 21, 2014 Share Posted December 21, 2014 This is partly connected to that other thread about organists being second class citizens... A little bit of a debate going on at home last night... after watching the final of Strictly... could the concept be translated to music? Of course, I have no idea good those amateur dancers are in professional terms - (are we talking about chalk and cheese?) - but it seems to me to be impossible to imagine that you could take a group of people away from their day job, and with no previous training at all, get them up to the standard required to play, say, the Emperor Piano Concerto, or the Mozart Clarinet Concerto - or, perhaps a Widor Symphonie? Is that right? [i realise it doesn't matter is it's right or wrong as the populace wouldn't be interested anyway!.] And can you imagine training someone from scratch to accompany evensong - you know, three psalms using psalter and chant book, Murrill in E and Blessed be the God and Father - that sort of thing - Oh! And an 'in' and 'out' voluntary - perhaps a little improvisation before the last verse of the hymn to cover the collection!! And yet, the people who do this day in day out get virtually no recognition at all. I happened to be looking at the website of our just-departed Rector who has gone to a new parish. One of the menus says - 'PEOPLE.' The Rector, Curate and several assistants are mentioned along with the churchwardens, virger etc, but no mention of the organist. Watch out for the New Years Honours again - how many organists will be listed? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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