PipeChat Digest #4300 - Wednesday, February 25, 2004
 
FW: musicians
  by "Mark Turnbull" <mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk>
RE: Pancake Day
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
 

(back) Subject: FW: musicians From: "Mark Turnbull" <mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk> Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:06:40 -0000   Hello from one of the keen watchers of this list from the cold north-east= of england. I paste below an item from this weeks edition of the church times. Which I trust you find of interest?   My very best wishes to all musicians, And happy music making.   Mark turnbull Middlesbrough england.     =A0=A0 Jobs go to imported organists by Pat Ashworth =A0=A0 BRITISH ORGANISTS have a snob value, and are being appointed to church po= sitions in the United States at the expense of native talent and the adva= ncement of the American repertoire, suggests the president of the America= n Guild of Organists, Frederick Swann.   In a letter to the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), Mr Swann expr= esses his personal alarm at the trend. He acknowledges the strength of th= e British cathedral repertoire and performance, but suggests that the fin= ancial realities of the C of E have led many young and mid-career organis= ts to seek US appointments, blocking access to "the very positions which = could begin to match the rich tradition and resources of English cathedra= ls".   Envy of the world He suggests that the present climate of =E9migr=E9-hiring should be of pr= ofessional concern to Anglican musicians in the US, where "our conservato= ries and music schools are now the envy of the world, and produce many fi= ne candidates for the major Episcopal positions."   If given access to the choristerships, organ scholarships, choir schools,= and choral foundations in Britain, American musicians could rival Britis= h choral and organ work, he argues.   But while British exports experienced "welcoming American clergy and a pr= o-forma 'Religious Worker' visa", Americans seeking work abroad faced "ig= norance, cold bigotry and visa obstacles from Britain". Episcopalians who= support the British cathedral repertoire can be guilty of "Anglo-infatua= tion - a snob factor", Mr Swann writes.   South with Scott There have been two key appointments in the US recently: Michael McCarthy= as director of music at Washington National Cathedral, and John Scott, c= urrently organist and director of music at St Paul's Cathedral, to St Tho= mas's, Fifth Avenue, New York, where he will take up his post this summer= =2E   The Rector of St Thomas's, the Revd Andrew Mead, was clearly aware of the= national sensitivities in his pastoral letter announcing the appointment= of Mr Scott. "I want to make a special point of acknowledging the high r= egard and affection in which I hold our cadre of extremely talented Ameri= can organists and church music professionals, many of whom I have known f= or years," he writes.   "We received credentials from 62 candidates throughout the United States,= the United Kingdom and around the globe. Of our four final candidates, J= ohn Scott was joined by three Americans of extraordinary caliber and tale= nt."   BBCi at http://www.bbc.co.uk/   This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal views which are not the views of the BBC unless specifically stated. If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system.=20 Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way nor act in reliance on it and notify the sender immediately. Please note that the BBC monitors e-mails sent or received.=20 Further communication will signify your consent to this.  
(back) Subject: RE: Pancake Day From: "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com> Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:26:42 -0000   This year we are inventing a very new and non-liturgical day - Shrove Wednesday. Ros was out teaching yesterday from 9 am until 10 pm so making pancakes was out of the question, so we are having them today! (Mind you, = I have just looked and we have two dozen eggs in the fridge, so there's no chance we will use them all up!)   Will Light Coventry UK