QUOTE(confutatis @ Jul 7 2009, 02:43 PM)
I have forbidden the use of the organ at my funeral. I have requested the organs be clad - in the French Style - in black cloth and for all music to be unaccompanied.
QUOTE(mwl1 @ Jul 9 2009, 10:40 AM)
'Job protection' does seem to be something subscribed to by a certain breed. I would certainly never discourage anyone interested in the organ, and have always summoned souls who've registered an interest to hammer out a tune on the beast post service.
I think the instrument needs more publicity.
I agree: but I think we need a completely different attitude to the organ (and to churches in general). There seems to be a certain 'stuffiness' about the organ that doesn't afflict other instruments; yet far too many organs suffer from lack of use, and far too many churches cannot even get anyone to play their organs for regular services!
Admittedly, the people at many smaller churches (often with uninspiring organs) don't usually mind someone 'having a go'; although there is a very real danger that anyone who can play with more than two fingers at the same time will find themselves with a regular job.
However, the organists (and PCC's) at some of the bigger and better off churches seem to have a real problem allowing anyone else near the organ 'in case they break something' or worse still, play a wrong note in public.
In many cases this seems to be down to the sheer pomposity of some older organists, who take the view that nobody else can possibly play their 3M H&H properly; although in fairness, I know of one or two much younger organists who are equally full of themselves, and equally dismissive of anyone who fails to meet their own, self proclaimed high standards.
Having said all of that, (and having taken Junior to the Oundle course earlier this year), I do know that there is a core of keen young organists in this country, some of whom have exceptional ability by any standards. What a tragedy it would be if any
this talent were to be lost.
Maybe it would be easiest, and best, for our organ playing revolution to start at the very top, by organising organ days at cathedrals and at town halls up and down the country. Not only would this provide a brilliant inspiration for anyone with the ability to play such an instrument; it would also set a precedent for those churches with fine organs who are presently reluctant to allow less experienced players into the organ loft.
(In fairness, I should add that our own PCC is very supportive in this regard; which is why there is never a shortage of organists available to play at any of our services).