PipeChat Digest #4928 - Thursday, November 25, 2004
 
Re: Birmingham
  by "Peter Underwood" <pgunderwood@wol.co.za>
RE: stop list competition
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
RE: stop list competition
  by "Andrew Mead" <mead@eagle.ca>
RE: stop list competition
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
Re: Birmingham etc
  by "Peter Rodwell" <iof@ctv.es>
RE: Birmingham
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
Re: stop list competition
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
RE: stop list competition
  by "TheShieling" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
Re: stop list competition
  by <RMaryman@aol.com>
Re: 19th century
  by <RMB10@aol.com>
Happy Thanksgiving
  by "John Jarvis" <jljarvis@comcast.net>
An objective view
  by "John F oss" <harkat@kat.forthnet.gr>
Re: =A0 stop list competition
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
arm-chair stoplist drawing
  by "Liquescent" <quilisma@cox.net>
RE: arm-chair stoplist drawing
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Birmingham From: "Peter Underwood" <pgunderwood@wol.co.za> Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 21:31:51 +0200   Will Light correctly advances the delights of Birmingham -- a city I am ashamed to say I once knew only as an inconvenient point at which to = change trains for Aberystwyth -- but that is another story. Do I remember correctly that the pedal pipes for the organ in the Town Hall were transported on the very canals he mentions? I heard the organ many years ago -- in a somewhat sad condition -- has the re-build been conservative?   On another point, regarding the preservation of historic instruments, the organ on which Parry composed Aberystwyth has been "preserved" by bricking it up in situ. In 1874 he was appointed Professor of Music at the newly-founded University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He was a popular figure with all but the College Governors, who disliked his ebullient personality, and forced him to resign in 1880. During his sojourn, he was organist at the English Congregational Church in Portland Street and it is here that he composed the tune, Aberystwyth (the organ survives, despite = the modern-day use of the building as a medical centre). When he left, the townspeople turned out, en masse, to see him off. He subsequently ran a private music school and was later appointed Professor of Music at University College of Wales, Cardiff.   ************************************************ Peter G. Underwood Cape Town pgunderwood@wol.co.za ----- Original Message ----- From: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 11:01 AM Subject: PipeChat Digest #4926 - 11/25/04     PipeChat Digest #4926 - Thursday, November 25, 2004   RE: Birmingham, etc by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>    
(back) Subject: RE: Birmingham, etc From: "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com> Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 09:32:32 -0000   Actually you are both wrong! Birmingham is most definitely in THE = MIDLANDS. And I wonder if all these people who are set on running Birmingham down in every way have visited the place in the last, say, ten years? There have been BIG changes, both for good and bad, but I think the good have predominated. Symphony Hall is the finest concert venue I have ever experienced and it has a wonderful new organ by Klais. The Town Hall is in the process of a huge renovation, and the organ has also been renovated. Centenary Square and Brindley Place have been created as remarkably = friendly open public spaces, the Gas Street Canal basin has been turned into a fantastic public area with restaurants, clubs, pubs etc which is thriving and is a centre for "nightlife". (Did you know that Birmingham has more canals than Venice?) The National Indoor Arena hosts sporting events and = pop concerts, as does the National Exhibition Centre. The jewelry quarter = still makes the most astounding artifacts, both traditional and contemporary and the Science Museum is well worth a visit. The National Motorbike = exhibition, which was burned down about a year ago, is about to re-open to the public = - complete with it's Wurlitzer organ in the banqueting suite - I could go = on, like the publicity department for Birmingham City Council, but suffice it = to say that, best of all, Birmingham is only 20 miles from the gem of the Midlands - Coventry! The city where I am told I am now officially a "Coventry Kid" because I have lived here more than 21 years. The city = which has THREE cathedrals to show you - dated from 1043, 1345 and 1962 - and = the home of the motor car, which has been built here in a multitude of styles since 1893 or so, together with the finest collection of British Road Transport in the world. Birmingham is the UK's second city in population terms and is second to none in its sense of civic pride, and Coventry, written off by some as a kind of industrial backwater, has far more to = offer to the visitor than many would think.   [End of commercial]   If anyone is planning a visit to the UK - don't just do London- come and = see us in the MIDLANDS - see Warwick Castle, the most complete example of a medieval castle surviving, visit Stratford and do the "Shakespeare thing" = - but come and take Will Light's celebrated tour of Coventry too!   Will Light Coventry UK