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Thanks very much, Paul.  This weekend, I'm delving into Guilmant's Short Pieces for Church Services and doing his Andante in F (sort-of a "quiet season" piece).   I wouldn't say "only" Grade 5 organ - there's some lovely repertoire at that level.   Are you going beyond that? 

Good luck with choosing something to play for tomorrow!


Do remember that the RCO's outreach and education programmes introduce plenty of young Brits to the organ.  That has to help the future of organ-playing in this country.  And I think it is a bit of a national problem - in Lyon last October, we attended two organ recitals that both drew huge audiences.  I believe all is not lost, and we've got to believe all is not lost.  I certainly didn't convert from piano to organ ten years ago, to hang my head dolefully about it.   We can do much, as players, to bring great music (because this will highlight the instruments) to congregations, audiences, pupils (current and potential).   We owe it to the king of instruments.

............and make sure to sing "The Church's (in the general sense) One Foundation is Jesus Christ Our Lord" -  with full organ!

Yes - I agree - but perhaps I wish that people might say it even more often and _mean_ it! Perhaps change it to Oh My Creator!  Best wishes  David P

Absolutely, David - and in a tone of reverence/praise, rather than when they're ridiculing something. 

I wish the church would highlight the widespread flippant and offensive use of the initials OMG.   Anyone who does revere the Almighty as their God wouldn't say that.  The words "Oh my God" are often used as an opening to prayer.  To say "My God" is to acknowledge something very profound.  The fourth Commandment says "Do not take the Lord's name in vain."  Saying OMG does just that. 
(I know this doesn't reply to what's been posted here, but it needs to be said.  Thanks.)

Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: What is this?
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:51:02 AM »
Brilliant!  The cat seems to like it, too!

Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: What is this?
« on: February 26, 2016, 06:40:03 PM »
Sorry, but this does appeal to my sense of humour - if we've got a Coroboe, could we also have a Clarinotto, or a Fagottinet?  (Cross between a clarinet and fagotto!)    As I said, apologies!   ;D

Organ Music and Repertoire / What are you playing on Easter Sunday?
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:01:24 PM »
I'm playing the first movement of Mendelssohn's 3rd Sonata.    Yes, the middle section is built on the Lutheran chorale, "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" (From deep affliction I cry out to you), which by then harks back to Lent.  But the outer sections are so massively triumphant that for me, they focus the mind on the wonder of the Resurrection.   (And I also love it, as a piece of music!)   
I'd love to hear what other people are playing this Easter Sunday!
Best wishes,

it's great to see the leader of a branch of Christianity saying that building walls is not Christian.

Pope = Pontifiex = builder of bridges............

I often visit the website Pray As You Go, which, through spoken daily readings and related questions, encourages people to view the teachings of Jesus from their own personal standpoint - to be alive to thought, as you say.  It's a very thought-provoking and helpful website.   Every day's session starts with some music and then leads into the spoken bit.   


I think that as long as believers exist, even in small pockets, here and there, there is Hope.    Otherwise, we wouldn't have the prayer, "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen".   Amen = so be it.  I take heart from that.   And that inspires me to play the organ!


Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: French organ magazine
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:32:06 AM »
David, here is the link to the subscriptions ("abonnements") page:

I should say, there is also an English translation of the whole website, subscriptions-page included.

I don't have a youtube channel - yet!

Best wishes,

Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: French organ magazine
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:15:01 PM »
There was a slight delay in the January edition of this magazine appearing but it has done now and it's excellent.  It's in French (obviously!) but I'm managing to get the general gist of what's inside.  This edition features an article on the acoustical properties of the reed stops, and another on partnering organ with trumpet.  In this edition's "Cahier de Partitions", there are some great, short organ pieces, including two by Michael Praetorius that I'll play soon as voluntaries.   Then there's the CD which comes with each edition, featuring these two pieces and a variety of other works across the centuries, for organ alone, organ with trumpet and organ with voice.   Orgues Nouvelles is good!


"......we will achieve a more enlightened position when we stop demonising others, demonising other faiths and no faiths, and get on with the work of the Creator."

Yes, David. And this was Christ's example.
Best wishes,

Maybe the answer is somewhere to be found in Revelations.

"I think, in another generation the church will be different and it may well be smaller, but I dont think it will be extinct, she says. I think the spark is there, and I just feel it will always be there in rural churches.   

Closing quote from the second link in David's post.  I agree.

Yes, David.  (It did say part 2, now I remember!)

Best wishes,

"Perhaps it's time for us as followers of the Almighty, to find that + that links us as Christians to all others who understand the Plus to life that the Almighty can bring."

Did anyone see Adrian Chiles' documentary on BBC2 last night, entitled "My Mediterranean" - part 3?   He was looking at religious worship in various parts of the region and came to exactly this conclusion.   It was excellent.

"By looking at our faith in terms more fundamental than our language, in the common sense of the power of creating, The Church, with organs as well, can flourish and will be seen not as irrelevant as now, not only relevant, but necessary to our understanding and our survival."

How about adding prayer into the mixture? 

Organ Music and Repertoire / Re: French organ magazine
« on: December 17, 2015, 09:21:11 PM »
Hello David - the details for signing up are on this page:

(English translation available)

Best wishes,

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