PipeChat Digest #5134 - Wednesday, February 2, 2005
English organ tours
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Fwd:  Wannamaker organ radio program
  by "Adrianne Schutt" <maybe@pipcom.com>
Re: The  H.M.H.S. Britannic
  by "John Nisbet" <oberlingerusa@msn.com>
Peter Conte's New Wanamaker Radio Program
  by "Robert Ridgeway" <robert@magneticlab.com>
  by <Innkawgneeto@cs.com>
Re: swell battery (was Re: Organist and hymns)
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com>

(back) Subject: English organ tours From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 21:47:25 -0500   Interesting: recently I=B9ve seen a somewhat sumptuous-looking tour ad fo= r two weeks in England for $4,395(or higher if you live further west in the U= S than Boston/NYC/Newark) and which gets you on the bench of a relatively small number of instruments.   Back in 1998 my wife Carolyn and I went on a tour that Leslie Peart set up and which focused that year esp. on Willis instruments. We must have go= t to not merely see/hear but PLAY perhaps twice as many instruments in an orderly rotation-system plan that gave each playing organist time to experience those marvelous organs. At one occasion we had so much time tha= t we cajoled the tour-bus driver, himself an organist, to join us in our fun!= ! It was GREAT to see/hear the bus-driver playing a Willis!! Playing the Willis organs at Chester, Liverpool (two there), Hudersfield, and Salisbury= , not to mention the rather big one at Blenheim Palace (of Winston Churchill fame), was the experience of a life-time for this organist! And sitting at the four-manual Willis in Hereford Cathedral, playing mov=B9t 1 of Widor 6 with two guys pulling stops for me, was just heavenly!! Unbeknowst to me, Peart gather a bunch of people to watch until I FINALLY drew the 32=B9 reed, so they could SEE the slowly-vibrating reed through a glass shield on the GGGG pipe located in a hallway with easy sight access. That=B9s how well he knew the instruments AND what we were playing.   Peart=B9s tours cost a great deal less, this year $2954.00, are wonderfully organized, and have a little overhead as possible, so that the cost really goes into one=B9s hands-on/feet-on experiences. I keep promising myself I=B9m going to go on another one, if ever life can slow down enough. I suspect there may be one or two list readers here who have also gone on Peart=B9s tours; or perhaps Peart himself reads one of these lists and could respond to questions.   In 1998 we stayed in England for 16 more days, 12 of them in a rental car, with overnights in Painswick, Worcester, Lancaster, Carlisle, Brandon (near Durham), York, a small village in Derbyshire, and Coventry, seeing so many places in between that I=B9ll not take time to mention them all. Visiting Elgar=B9s birthplace and burial place was very special, and getting to Epworth was, too. (No, I=B9m not a Methodist, but I regard the Charles Wesley hymnody very highly!) Driving on the left side of the road was an interesting challenge, especially because when I wanted to use the inside rear-view mirror, I=B9d look to my RIGHT!! But we had no accident, God be praised.   I saw an ad for Peart=B9s 2005 tour in a recent TAO. I=B9d love to go agai= n but can=B9t this time. But I hope our trip in 1998 is NOT a once-in-a-lifetime experience with him in England. It =B3deserves=B2 to be repeated.   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA  
(back) Subject: Fwd: Wannamaker organ radio program From: "Adrianne Schutt" <maybe@pipcom.com> Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 21:52:36 -0500   Passing the following info along as requested. Y'all know as = much as I do now. :)     >After several years of dreaming and planning, the Wanamaker organ will = now >be broadcast monthly beginning this Sunday, February 6, 2005 at 5:00PM on =   >Radio Station WRTI hosted by Jill Pasternak. The Wanamaker Radio Hour = will >be broadcast the first Sunday of each month, and is sponsored by the >Friends of the Wanamaker Organ. You can also hear the entire broadcast >around the country by going to www.wrti.org and hear the program over the =   >Internet using your computer speakers. > >Each program will be one hour long featuring Peter Richard Conte, along >with various guests. This first program will showcase selections from >Peter's newest recording, "The Wanamaker Legacy" along with other >selections hosted by Jill Pasternak. Make sure you tune into this = exciting >new program! > >Don't forget to check out "The Wanamaker Legacy" recording just released >on the Gothic label. www.gothicrecords.com        
(back) Subject: Re: The H.M.H.S. Britannic From: "John Nisbet" <oberlingerusa@msn.com> Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 23:06:21 -0500   Dear Jim, and List:   I will try :-) The Titanic and the other Olympic Class ships of the White Star Line (those being the Britannic and Olympic) have been of great fascination to me for much of my life, especially because I have a = relative who survived the Titanic voyage. I read much of the site that you mentioned, and found it engrossing, and much of it moving as well.   Before getting to the Britannic in particular, it is of neverending curiosity why the pipe organs installed on the Titanic and Britannic are constantly in dispute, as to whether they were actually, or (in the case = of the Britannic) completely installed. Not having my copy of TAO from about 1998 or 1999 with a fine article by (I believe) Rolin Smith on the Titanic organ, I cannot remember all the details now, but that organ has been disputed as to whether it was ever installed. That instrument was to have been an Aeolian, with a player roll mechanism. Whether the Britannic instrument was also a roll-playing instrument, I have not yet seen evidence. Also, I have not seen evidence that an organ was installed on = the smallest of the Olympic class vessels, the Olympic itself. Perhaps someone else on the list can provide information on that one.   The best documentation, or at least discussion of the organ on the Britannic is located on the Enyclopedia Titanica site, which is one of the most detailed online inventories that one might ever come across. The URL of this discussion thread is: www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/discus/messages/15663/79968.html?1071067391   Secondly, there is a thread about plans of the ship that are available, though some doubt that they are of the Britannic, and are possibly of another ship: www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/discus/messages/15663/6144.html?994436179 This is intereting, because we have oral accounts of the design and grillwork of the organ on the Britannic. It was located at the bottom of one of the grand staircases. Perhaps the description of the casework suggests that it too was a roll-playing organ like the one (supposedly) installed on the Titanic. Lastly, from this site, we have an opinion from the creator of the Britannic site you mentioned, Mr. Michailakis, who in one discussion of the organ says: "My guess is that the pipe organ was partially installed. If it was complete,it would have been mentioned in = the accounts of the survivors, especially in that of Rev.Fleming". This statement needs to be taken in perspective with all the other information revealed about the organ on the site. Simply do a site search on the Enyclopedia Titanica site for "pipe organ".   There remains mystery around the Titanic and Britannic organs, what they were really like; and who, if anyone, played them. They will probably remain as mysterious and unforseeable as the fate both ships, paragons of engineering of their time, met...   Best regards,   John Nisbet     Subject: The H.M.H.S. Britannic From: "Jim McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com> Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 11:57:08 -0500     "Ah yes...If I remember well,we also took some remains to the Calypso. At first we didn't know what they were. Some even said that were ammunitions, others were talking about pieces from the ship's pipelines. Later,we understood that they were the remains of the pipe organ."       For the rest of this interview see:   http://www.hospitalshipbritannic.com/nicolaidis_interview.htm       Mystery: Most Internet accounts say the pipe organ was never installed.     Anyone up to the challenge?     Or am I, as usual, blithely fumbling in the dark while everyone else knows all about this?     Jim          
(back) Subject: Peter Conte's New Wanamaker Radio Program From: "Robert Ridgeway" <robert@magneticlab.com> Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 22:09:18 -0600     > >From: Joe Routon <JosephRouton@AOL.COM> >Subject: Peter Conte's New Wanamaker Radio Program > >Speaking of Peter Conte and the Wanamaker, I understand that Temple >University's radio station WRTI will begin a monthly organ program >featuring Conte and >the Wanamaker. It will begin this Sunday at 5:00.     I have been informed by Curt Mangel, the Curator of the Wanamaker organ that the program will air the first Sunday of every month at 5 pm EST and ALSO be available on the internet by going to:   www.wrti.org   This will be a wonderful opportunity to regularly hear the finest orchestral pipe organ in the world played by the finest practitioner to ever hold the post of Grand Court organist.   We should also support the work of The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ and Lord and Taylor (a division of The May Company) under whose stewardship this magnificent instrument has reached its greatest potential. A note = of thanks to WRTI would also be in order. We can't expect programs of good organ music to be presented if we don't show support and encouragement.   And while I am on my soapbox, let's also support the longest airing organ program on radio, PIPEDREAMS from MPR. Every week we are given the opportunity to hear some of our greatest performers playing a variety of instruments from around the world. We owe Michael Barone a debt that can never be adequately paid for his years and years of work bringing the king =   of instruments to the attention of the public.      
(back) Subject: Re: CHORAL/ORGAN MUSIC OF GORDON YOUNG (x post) From: <Innkawgneeto@cs.com> Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 23:42:40 EST   I have an old collection of Gordon Young arrangements (I think it was = titled "Familiar Hymn Tune Arrangements"-- white with green pipes on the cover). = My favorite arrangement is on "Stille Nacht" with all its harmonic twists and =   turns.   I always found that his music makes any choir sound like a million bucks, = but it's accessible.   Peace.   Neil        
(back) Subject: Re: swell battery (was Re: Organist and hymns) From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 13:47:10 +0800   And here I'd conjured up images of N, Tripple-A, Double-A, C, D, and 9V siz= e Energizers and Duracells all lined up neatly behind shutters with a big o= ld 12V Die Hard to add to the foundation. :-)   ----- Original Message ----- From: "Harry Martenas" <harry.martenas@gmail.com> To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: swell battery (was Re: Organist and hymns) Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 17:06:03 -0500   > -----Original Message----- > > From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] > > On Behalf Of jonkroepel > > Subject: Re: Organist and hymns >=20 > > What in the heck is a swell battery? Is it like a battery > > that you put in your swell chests as back-up for the direct > > electric chests? >=20 > More commonly referred to as the reed battery (16-8-4) of the swell > division. Several of the definitions of battery in Merriam-Webster > apply - some more aptly than others:   -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com   --=20 ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm