PipeChat Digest #3670 - Monday, May 12, 2003
RE: Finding an Organ Tutor
  by "Austin David" <david.austin@kone.com>

(back) Subject: RE: Finding an Organ Tutor From: "Austin David" <david.austin@kone.com> Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 10:21:42 +0200   This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.   ------_=3D_NextPart_001_01C3185F.84E92EE0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"iso-8859-1"   Just a comment on finding an instrument to practice on:   There is such a dearth of organists that many churches are only too = pleased to give access to their pipe organs to anyone who would like to play. Pperhaps I could suggest that you ask the organist of a local church if = you could have practice sessions. You could offer a small payment for use of their facilities or possibly offer to play for the odd service if they = ever have need.   Most of us are only too keen to encourage new organists to develop their skills, whether they are 'religious persons' or not! We'll also give them guided tours so that they can learn about how the instrument works.   Regards, David Austin. >-- Original Message -- >From: "Roy Hopkins" <rdhopkins@btinternet.com> >To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> >Subject: Finding an Organ Tutor >Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 00:26:52 +0100 >Reply-To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> > > >Hi List, > >Let me introduce myself: I have been listening-in on this list for a = couple >of years but have not yet posted as I consider myself rather unqualified. >I am 29, live in the South of England and have a huge passion for the = pipe >organ - not just the music that has been written for and played on the instrument >but also the mechanics and the physics of the instrument. > >I am not a religious person and herein my problem lies: > >A few years ago I started having organ lessons with the organsist that used >to accompany my school choir. Some people on the list may know him; = Charles >Macdonald as he used to supply many organists with hard to find or out of >print music from his shop, "Macdonald Music Services" in Steyning, West Sussex. >Unfortunately, he passed away a couple of years ago and since then I have >sporadically practiced on my 1970's Livingston electronic organ at home and >nothing else. > >I crave more than anything to have the opportunity to play real pipes yet >again. The problem I face is that I was never brought up as a church goer >so how do I find an instrument to practice on and more importantly, how do >I find an organ tutor that is local and is willing to teach somebody that >plays "just for fun"? > >Roy Hopkins, >Worthing, West Sussex, England      
(back) Subject: Re: organ transplants From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 20:21:49 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   John is absolutely right of course.   The work of preserving theatre organs around the world has been a spectacular and often difficult labour of love.   However, they are ORGANised people with a back-up team!   ATOS, the COS, the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust, Northern Theatre Organ Trust and possibly hundred of others around the world, seem to have a pool of expertise on which to call AND the available funding.   If an instrument is important enough, getting a team together and ensuring finance IS possible, but I would argue that there is much that governments can do to make available emergency resources where there is urgency.   The pitfalls of any preservation are huge.   The COS have had quite a task with the little Wurlitzer here in the North of England. Starting out in an Oldham Ciname, it was rescued from a flooded cinema pit, restored, re-built and re-assembled in the village hall at Hampsthwaite.....all thanks to Mr Dawson, who owned the hall.   I used to go along to tune this instrument periodically in that particular location, but it never had anything other than rough chip-board resonators for the 16ft Diaphone.   Then it was moved, with some optimism, to a venue on the outskirts of Leeds. This venue proved unstable financially, and may well now be closed.   So the instrument was moved again, to a ballroom at Brighouse, where it sounds wonderful. Everything, of course, rests upon that venue remaining a viable business.   That is a lot of work for a small team of people.   I helped to tear out the wonderful Wurlitzer which was in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Even that was a huge job. There were about six of us running up and down six flights of steps with pipes ALL DAY! It was absolutely exhausting work. A couple of handfuls of treble pipes are no problem, but when two people are carrying ONE 16ft bass, the pain is very real after an octave of pipes.   Still, the reward of knowing that the organ has found a fine home at Altrincham makes the pain and the effort worth it.   21 ranks of pipes (I think that is the Free Trade organ's total?) is, of course, nothing when compared to a concert hall instrument such as the one at Kendal Town Hall, which sadly could not be saved.   Unit construction is very much easier to deal with than 80 ranks on big soundboards, with pneumatic tubing running everwhere and getting in the way.   I recall the tragedy of a wonderful organ by Charles Brindley, at Dewsbury Methodist Chucrh, which simply got scrapped. This was an instrument modelled on the famous Armley, Schulze organ, complete with an almost identical 5 rks Mixture which rang around the building. It was a superb example of Brindley's best work, which later went the factory route and became rather pedestrian.   A vital link in organ heritage, Brindley had worked closely with Schulze, and they had shared workpeople and helped each other out........the organ which was lost had all the hallmarks of that collaboration.   Those who can pull off rescue and restoration and get their hands dirty, deserve our admiration and support, wherever we happen to be in the world.   On that particular subject, whatever DID happen to the Barton organ at the Chicago Stadium?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK       --- John Foss <harfo32@hotmail.com> wrote: > As far as I remember, Len Rawle moved the 4 manual > Wurlitzer from the Empire > Cinema, Leciester Square, London almost single > handed and re-assembled it > with great skill and care in his home in Northolt.   __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Who killed the Organ? From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 20:26:23 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Ansolutely right.....read my other posting about transplants.   But it is simply unrealistic to ask professionals to eat, sleep and drink organs 24 hours a day by donating their free time for nothing.   I was merely pointing out that rescuing an organ is a huge undertaking which demands a totally professional approach; even if remains an amateur project.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- "Robert P. Bass" <rpbass@earthlink.net> wrote: >     > I find your evaluation most interesting. On > this side of the pond, many of > the Theatre Organs in use today would not have been > had it not been for the > "amateurs". >   __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer