PipeChat Digest #4656 - Thursday, July 29, 2004
 
OHS and The Slee Hall Organ?
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Re: Starting age as organist.
  by "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>
RE: Rheinberger and Scotland
  by "Mark Turnbull" <mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk>
Opportunity to secure an  excellent piano recitalist in Seattle, April 20
  by "Charlie Lester" <crl@137.com>
 

(back) Subject: OHS and The Slee Hall Organ? From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 22:26:57 EDT   The program was outstanding in every regard! The organ is a real powerhouse= =20 but without being oppressive. It is clear that this instrument was designed= =20 at least in part to work WITH a full orchestra. Fisk's experience with thes= e=20 kinds of organs during the past twenty years has certainly paid off as I hav= e=20 in person either played or heard the Meyerson in Dallas, the big hall in=20 Seattle (the name escapes me), the NC School of the Arts and now Slee Hall a= t SUNY. =20 They are just fabulous organs!   The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was under the direction of Associate=20 Conductor Ronald Spigelman, and is without a doubt one of the finer orchestr= as in=20 our country today. I was especially fascinated watching Maestro Spigelman=20 conduct- he is animated, exciting and energetic while, at the same time, sen= sitive=20 in his approach to the players under his command.   The program consisted of the following:   1. Alexandre Guilmant: Symphony I for Organ and Orchestra   2. Michael Colgrass: "Snow Walker"=20 (if I am remembering correctly, this piece was composed for David Schrader=20 and The Grant Park Symphony in Chicago)   3. Horatio W. Parker: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in E-flat (Opus 55)   As always, David's performance and technique were top notch and very excitin= g=20 to hear. Every time I hear him his playing is fresh and energetic and most=20 enjoyable. Bravo!   The one "critical" comment that I will make is this: to me, during the fort= e=20 passages where the organ was registered rather full, it sounded as if=20 French-style Grand Jeux-type registrations were used predominantly. I am su= re the=20 chorus mixtures were there at least to some degree, but overall it sounded v= ery=20 much like he was not using much more than these enormous reed and=20 cornet-de-compos=E9e types of registrations. Perhaps I was just sitting in=20= the wrong corner=20 of the room.   It was a very, very enjoyable program though and I am very glad we got to=20 experience it!   Scott F. Foppiano Cantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat.  
(back) Subject: Re: Starting age as organist. From: "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 07:13:23 +0100     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 4:50 PM Subject: RE: Starting age as organist.     Father's 'starting age' was 12, when he played at Upton Warren's church (Worcestershire).   I mention this just so I can include one of the family's "interesting stories". The choir was an all-men ensemble, who received a 'stipend' after = practices and serivces of two pints at 'The Swan' (the local pub). This was paid for by the Rev'd gentleman who had sufficient private funds = - having married the local aristocracy to a divorced lady (shock, horror) = and whose income had been adjusted (upward) accordingly by said holder of the benefice - so that he was on a salery of some =A3800 per year (and we are talking the year 1912). This enabled him to have a coach and four and all the necessary attendants and servants as would befit a man of such an income (some 25 times that of the average annual salery !) and who had the best stocked Claret cellar in the county (reportedly).   Anyway ........ along somes father (in the form of a capable but enthusiastic youngster - we know the sort) and he plays the service most competently. Now for the final hymn and, of course, he pulls out a few = extra stops. Disaster. Half-way through the final verse, and the organ grinds (collapses) to a premature halt. Sans air, sans everything.   Choir members (and Dad) hurry 'round the back' to see what is at fault, = and see ........... a door swinging closed. With cries of "We'll be a'ter he = !" the Bass line disappeared through the door 'at the run'; and returned soon afterwards with the youth who 'manned' the bellows pump, and who had been apprehended at the bar of 'The Swan' consuming his first pint !   At the inquest in the Verger's vestry, his defence was ... "Well, he wuz playing 'Old Hundred', an' that be 67 pumps - or 68 if they holds the last chord a bit; an' 68 pumps I giv' 'im !" But, of course, he didn't make any allowance for the extra stops being pulled out ..... because he'd already left the building!   An interesting "in-orguration" [pun intended] for a 12-year-old, and one which we don't hear of happened any more - unless one of you 'out there' STILL has the bellow pumped 'in-the-old-fashioned-way" ?   Harry Grove [a.k.a. an old-fashioned musicman] YES, the bellows on my machine CAN still be 'pumped' - by installing a pin through the still in-place pump arm - and which DOES get used on the odd occasion when there in a power failure.     ****************************************************************** "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org>        
(back) Subject: RE: Rheinberger and Scotland From: "Mark Turnbull" <mark.turnbull@bbc.co.uk> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 07:47:28 +0100   Hello colin Thanks for the reply, I was just being nosey, cos I like of your contributions to the list.   I don't play anymore, was trained by donald hunt at worcester while at school fr the blind, (I am totally blind).   I am a journalist on local radio in middlesbrough, another part of yorkshire, and, on a Sunday mornig host a religious and inspirational three hour music and speech show.   We may be able to play something of yours if you have anything you think suitbble?   Keep well   And if you are going to give another recital do let me know.   Mark turnbull   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of Colin Mitchell Sent: 28 July 2004 15:45 To: PipeChat Subject: RE: Rheinberger and Scotland     Hello Mark,   I play the 11 speaking-stop baroque masterpiece at St.Joseph's RC church, Keighley, West Yorks.   A small organ with a big sound in a perfect acoustic.   I think it was Cecil Clutton who described it as, "One of the ten best small organs built in the UK in the past century."   It was featured in the BIOS journal sometime back in the seventies.   I have, on and off, been associated with this instrument since it was built in 1974/5, for I never stopped popping in to play for mass even when I lived and in London and was up North visiting relatives.   In London, I was at St.Augustine's, Kilburn for about a year, but the pressures of financial/legal work made it impossible to do justice to the musical tradition there, which at that time had full choral services morning and evening.   My only other claim to fame is that I was probably the shortest serving assistant at Grimsby PC and the Choir School, and following a big row about money, I fled after just one term!!   There's nothing I enjoy more than giving recitals and playing with orchestras, but to be honest, the organ scene is now so depleted, my last recital performance was 2 years ago! Before that, I've been heard at St.Bride's London, Hull City Hall, St.Bart's Armley, Halifax PC and dozens of other places.   Finally, I graduated from Hull University, where I was Organ Scholar.   Enough of the CV (!) where do you play? What do you do at the Beeb?   Regards,   Colin         =09 =09 __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - 100MB free storage! http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail=20   ****************************************************************** "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org>     http://www.bbc.co.uk/ - World Wide Wonderland   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: Opportunity to secure an excellent piano recitalist in Seattle, April 2005 [off-topic, x-posted] From: "Charlie Lester" <crl@137.com> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 01:36:42 -0700   My brother, pianist Noel Lester, has been invited to perform at the national convention of the Music Teachers National Association in Seattle, Washington in April 2005.   While it is an honor to receive this invitation, it doesn't pay (in terms of dollars and cents!). So, while he is there, he thought he would try to set up a mini-tour and get a couple of recitals going to help defray the cost of accepting this honor.   Noel, a D.M.A. graduate from Peabody Conservatory, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where he is also Artistic Director. He is a member of The College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, The Maryland State Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association, through whom he is a nationally certified teacher of piano. You can get more information about him from his web site at:   http://www.hood.edu/academic/music/noel/   If anyone in the Seattle area has interest in helping Noel finding (paid) performance opportunities, or has connections which those who may be so interested, please contact him via email at nlester@hood.edu   Thanks very much!   ~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~ Charlie Lester