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Last night I played for one of the local schol's annual carol concert/service which was held at St Peter's in Cardiff. The standard of the school choir was fairly high, and music by Wilcox and Chilcott was feautured along with the traditional carols, ending with O Come All Ye (minus the last verse, I am glad to say). Before the final blessing and the recessional voluntary (In Dulce Jubilo leading into Sleigh Ride!) the hasdmaster gave a vote of thanks. The choir was thanked, the music teacher was thanked, other teachers were thanked, the parish priest was thanked, the people wh arranged the chairs were thanked, the parents were thanked...... but can anybody out there guess who wasn't mentioned in this litany of gratitude? Answers on a five pound note, please.

 

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Peter

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Last night I played for one of the local schol's annual carol concert/service which was held at St Peter's in Cardiff. The standard of the school choir was fairly high, and music by Wilcox and Chilcott was feautured along with the traditional carols, ending with O Come All Ye (minus the last verse, I am glad to say). Before the final blessing and the recessional voluntary (In Dulce Jubilo leading into Sleigh Ride!) the hasdmaster gave a vote of thanks. The choir was thanked, the music teacher was thanked, other teachers were thanked, the parish priest was thanked, the people wh arranged the chairs were thanked, the parents were thanked...... but can anybody out there guess who wasn't mentioned in this litany of gratitude? Answers on a five pound note, please.

 

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Peter

 

This is interesting beacuse so far this Christmas I have been thanked (as organist/pianist) each time I have played - 'the masses' even applauded after one concluding voluntary - a bit embarrasing as I did not play particularly well that evening. I also made sure that at my school Christmas bash everyone possible got a mention and a bottle of festive cheer!

 

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Last night I played for one of the local schol's annual carol concert/service which was held at St Peter's in Cardiff. The standard of the school choir was fairly high, and music by Wilcox and Chilcott was feautured along with the traditional carols, ending with O Come All Ye (minus the last verse, I am glad to say). Before the final blessing and the recessional voluntary (In Dulce Jubilo leading into Sleigh Ride!) the hasdmaster gave a vote of thanks. The choir was thanked, the music teacher was thanked, other teachers were thanked, the parish priest was thanked, the people wh arranged the chairs were thanked, the parents were thanked...... but can anybody out there guess who wasn't mentioned in this litany of gratitude? Answers on a five pound note, please.

 

Best wishes

 

Peter

 

Usually I find that such ignorance can be cushioned by a fat fee (which will be even fatter next year). Having said this, I'm in no position to shout. A few years ago I conducted a performance of Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. At the end of the performance I duly acknowledged the the four soloists, the choir and anybody else I could see and left the organist - who had done a magnificent job and the majority of the hard work work - gently fuming at his console.

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Last night I played for one of the local schol's annual carol concert/service which was held at St Peter's in Cardiff. The standard of the school choir was fairly high, and music by Wilcox and Chilcott was feautured along with the traditional carols, ending with O Come All Ye (minus the last verse, I am glad to say). Before the final blessing and the recessional voluntary (In Dulce Jubilo leading into Sleigh Ride!) the hasdmaster gave a vote of thanks. The choir was thanked, the music teacher was thanked, other teachers were thanked, the parish priest was thanked, the people wh arranged the chairs were thanked, the parents were thanked...... but can anybody out there guess who wasn't mentioned in this litany of gratitude? Answers on a five pound note, please.

 

Best wishes

 

Peter

 

I think I would be a little cross if I had played voluntarily but if I had been paid (and it was a big one), it would probably not matter too much to me.

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Depends on where you 'sit' with the school, Peter - I have never played for public thanks: a private bottle is enough for me! That said, as the school's 'encumbant' for many years, I'm generally viewed as an associate member of staff. If you were had been asked to play for the first time this year then, yes, I'd probably understand your position.

 

Tony

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Depends on where you 'sit' with the school, Peter - I have never played for public thanks: a private bottle is enough for me! That said, as the school's 'encumbant' for many years, I'm generally viewed as an associate member of staff. If you were had been asked to play for the first time this year then, yes, I'd probably understand your position.

 

Tony

 

 

Actually Tony it was the first time: not only that but I saw one of the piecs for the first time at the rehearsal earlier that day as the music teacher had forgotten to send me a copy. Oh the joys of Christmas...

 

Peter

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Actually Tony it was the first time: not only that but I saw one of the piecs for the first time at the rehearsal earlier that day as the music teacher had forgotten to send me a copy. Oh the joys of Christmas...

 

Peter

I used to play the fairly late (1950s) Compton at St David's Cathedral in Cardiff in my University days. (sumptuous acoustics) I did once go into St Peter's but cannot for the life of me remember the organ there? Please remind me....

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