Guest email@example.com Posted November 10, 2006 Share Posted November 10, 2006 It is possible that some of you have not heard. Forgive me if you have and are already tired of the subject. As is pretty well-accepted nowadays, the BBC have little time for organs or organ music. One reason is certainly that paying engineers to set out from base camp in order to set up expensive equipment on suspect territory is a burden. That and, apparently, nobody likes to listen to organ music - forget the huge market for CDs, of course. No doubt these are all purchased as presents for foreigners since nobody here in the UK can actually want to listen to such unsuitable music! Anyway...... it has been recently announced that the great institution Choral Evensong is to be moved from Wednesdays to Sunday afternoons. Not a bad idea at face value, but since these are (in theory) supposed to be real services, mostly broadcast live there will be several logistical problems with the move. Cathedrals who are on the CE circuit have little problem modifying their live service time midweek, but on a Sunday afternoon? Of course, quite a few of those who might like to listen will be occupied with their own devotions on a Sunday, or rehearsing. One of the members of the Cathedral Lay-Clerks Forum has suggested that part of the BBC angle might be to make use of more amateur choirs who could adapt their schedules (and be cheaper to employ!). Apparently (according to the same forum) there has been practically no discussion with the people who actually take part. I'm not against the use of a bigger pool of talent per se, but the effect of the proposed change might well be to reduce the general standard, impact (and integrity) of something which is currently the envy of church musicians around the world. The Opus Dei is all about working for the very best that we can do..... it's a sad day if this isn't good enough reason to leave such a well-prized thing alone. If the BBC wants to maximise their CE audience, surely an extension to the Listen-Again facility would help. The question that bothers me is, are they moving it in order for it to gain a smaller audience and thus help justify shutting it down? After all, this has been done before with other programmes! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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