Please do post details of concerts, courses and other events into the Calendar
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The problem with the RORC is that they don't respond to requests for information about organs they hold. They had several instruments we could have rehoused but no-one responded and the opportunity is now lost. They used to list the organs available but no longer, so we don't even know what they have. As an organ builder wo would be delighted to use them, but they need to tell us what they have and then respond when questions are asked, otherwise they will continue to have no further space!
Quote from: Jonathan Lane on September 07, 2010, 02:38:45 PMThe problem with the RORC is that they don't respond to requests for information about organs they hold. They had several instruments we could have rehoused but no-one responded and the opportunity is now lost. They used to list the organs available but no longer, so we don't even know what they have. As an organ builder wo would be delighted to use them, but they need to tell us what they have and then respond when questions are asked, otherwise they will continue to have no further space!Hear, hear! Their website has no details, and all emails to them go unanswered............... Seriously, they need to reply to correspondence, and to have a regularly-updated stock list on their website!
I came to the conclusion about 3 years ago that RORCL was no longer trading, but according to companies house they are still putting in their annual returns - http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/62e38d4590615d7f96d8dd8cbb90e660/compdetails ...........
HiThe main source of listing for redundant organs in the UK is now the IBO web site. I don't know what's happening with RORC - are they even still operating?Every BlessingTony
Covenant Presbyterian Church’s organ is among four of a kindDecember 6, 2011By Tom CorriganHiding behind the church’s altar, these pipes, and quite a few more like them, are crammed into a small space reachable only by ladder. By Tom CorriganWith Jim Whitman behind the three keyboards and numerous foot pedals, the instrument seems easily loud and strong enough to rattle the windows of Issaquah’s Covenant Presbyterian Church.A few minutes later, Whitman is playing the church’s new organ — actually four organs combined — while being accompanied on the horn by Assistant Pastor Luke Morton.Morton plays with no microphone, but the church’s huge organ not only doesn’t overpower his horn, the two instruments seem to greatly compliment each other. One of at least two regular organists at the church, Whitman notes Covenant also has a flutist who plays alongside the organ that was six years or so in the making.A semiretired neuropsychologist, Carl Dodrill is the president and founder of the Mercer Island-based, nonprofit Pipe Organ Foundation. Over the past several years, Dodrill estimated the foundation and church volunteers spent 6,000 hours installing Covenant’s new instrument. In celebration of its completion, the church held an inaugural public concert last month.Formally founded in 2000, the Pipe Organ Foundation has helped install six organs at spots in Washington and Oregon. Dodrill can talk fluently about what seems to be an impressively complex instrument, especially in terms of its installation. According to Dodrill, each of the organ’s keyboards and the foot pedals actually control what is technically a separate instrument.The top keyboard controls what Dodrill called the “swell,” the biggest organ in the church. The pipes are stuffed into a small, cramped room of their own above and behind Covenant’s altar. Middle keys control the “great” organ. The instrument’s foot pedals control a pedal organ consisting of what Dodrill called “big, honking pipes” hidden in the front of the church. The lowest keyboard plays the large antiphonal, or rear organ, the pipes of which tower above the pews in the back of the church.“It’s really intended to supply the congregation with surround sound,” Dodrill said, adding the antiphonal organ helped bring a sort of Dolby sound effect to the church.Whitman said it’s the only antiphonal organ in the area.According to Dodrill, almost all of the pipes used at Covenant were recycled, that is salvaged from other organs. For example, the wooden pipes in the antiphonal organ were first installed in a Seattle church in 1911. He said the average age of the restored pipes is between 80 and 90 years.“We went way out of our way to be especially green,” Dodrill said.The foundation had worked with Covenant Church in the past, putting a much smaller instrument into the much smaller building the congregation used until Christmas 2005. At that point, Covenant moved into its present building in front of its older home. Initially, the older, smaller organ was installed in the new building.“We knew that other organ was not going to be adequate,” Dodrill said.“The foundation has really given us something we never could have afforded,” Morton said.Dodrill figured if the organ had been installed with new parts, the cost would have been around $400,000. As it is, the church raised about $40,000 for the instrument. Morton went on to compare the organ with a “high-end F-16 fighter plane.” Dodrill added the instrument took a lot of pre-planning, the placement of each pipe and the shutters that control the air moving through those pipes thought out well in advance.Was all the work and effort worth it? Whitman said the instrument is a joy to play. Morton had a theological answer, saying the organ is a wonderful means for the congregation to express its gratitude to God through music. He said he also believes the organ provides the church with a vibrant sense of history and “rootedness.”“The church really values its musical heritage,” Morton continued.Dodrill put it another way.“God is worth it,” he said, “worth us busting our backs on this thing … to make the best music possible.”