If you have difficulty registering for an account on the forum please email email@example.com. In the question regarding the composer use just the surname, not including forenames Charles-Marie.
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
you only need to talk to a city banker (and I've known a few) to realise what a cavalier attitude they take. If we removed or heavily reduced taxation, there would be no money to run our schools, libraries, public parks, civic concert halls(!), National Health Service (and let's not argue about that, saying the NHS shouldn't exist as some do ought to remove your right to a British passport).
I wouldn't buy big cars and a noble pile, (apologies for that to Mr P), . . . .If I survived the Caterham 7 experience, I think I would buy a redundant mill or factory, and turn it into a multiple craft workshop, where vital skills could be kept alive, where young people could take pride in learning the skills, and where things of beauty and quality could be made for posterity. Enthusiasm and acquired skills are the building blocks of lives and societies, and we need more, not less.
.....................................A friend with enthusiasms in the vintage car area remarked to me the other day that skills necessary for maintaining vintage and veteran cars which relied upon traditional workshop practices which are now the domain of grey and white haired knowledge on the brink of disappearing. There is a particular need for apprenticeships in this area and the market is significant...........
A friend with enthusiasms in the vintage car area remarked to me the other day that skills necessary for maintaining vintage and veteran cars which relied upon traditional workshop practices which are now the domain of grey and white haired knowledge on the brink of disappearing. There is a particular need for apprenticeships in this area and the market is significant.
Certainly in India a major plank of the economic success is an ingenuity and practical ability that leads to a "can do" approach:
CHENNAI: Music lovers, including the 3,500-odd congregation of the Lutheran Adaikalanathar Church at Thana Street in Purasawalkam, will get to hear the sonorous music of the 132-year-old pipe organ after a six-year lull. The church authorities have embarked on a Rs 6-lakh project to restore the organ, which moved into a state of disrepair after 62 years of use."We didn't want its grand music silenced for ever. Hence, we decided to revive it," says Prabhu GJ Dorairaj, the choirmaster of the church.The double-manual tracker organ has 26 stops and close to 500 pipes vaulting 18 feet into the air, and is 14 feet long and 10 feet wide and roughly occupies about 170 square feet. It took six people to bring down the air chest, located on top of the organ, to the ground for the repair work. "The air chests and the bellows were damaged after rain water seeped in through the roof last year. This has taken a heavy toll on the organ," says Prabhu.The organ was manufactured by Messrs W E Richardson and Sons of Manchester, Preston, London, in 1880.While no information is available about its journey from the UK to India, it is learnt through church sources that the instrument was purchased from the Egmore Wesley Church in 1944.Additional pipes were imported from Sweden and the organ was fine-tuned and continued to be in use till 2006, after which it developed repairs. The church authorities then decided to purchase an electronic keyboard for the Sunday worships.But Prabhu adds, "Electronic keyboards, no matter how pricey or sophisticated they are, cannot match the acoustics of the pipe organ. Whether you are seated in the first or the last pew, you can enjoy the harmonics of the pipe organ, which will never be jarring."Echoing his view, Augustine Paul, director of the Madras Musical Association (MMA) choir, says that a well-tuned pipe organ could even be a replacement for an orchestra. "Music pieces composed specifically for the pipe organ can't be performed on a keyboard," he asserts.But, repairing the pipe organ is not an easy task, particularly when there is no specialist known to be available locally. The few churches in the city that have pipe organs had got them overhauled by a foreigner, a few years ago. However, for the Lutheran Church, Samuel Devasudar, was a godsend.Prabhu got introduced to Devasudar in 1982 through fellow musicians and his work on an obsolete reed organ had been very impressive. Exactly after 30 years, Devasudar, now the director of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in Coimbatore, readily agreed to undertake the work. "The Rs 6-lakh estimate might increase by 10 per cent depending on the cost of materials required for the overhauling. We have somehow managed a portion of the funds through donations from the congregation as well as outsiders and visitors to the church," says Prabhu.