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by pdsfd
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Help identifying a psalm setting
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: Help identifying a psalm setting

Thank you all!
by pdsfd
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Help identifying a psalm setting
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Help identifying a psalm setting

Can I please ask if anyone knows this particular setting of Psalm 103 'Send forth your Spirit' and its composer? I've typed the notes below which translate to the melody of the refrain: Middle C Send A forth C your F Spi- E -rit, D O C Lord,..... A and C re- D -new C the A face G of A the F earth. A...
by pdsfd
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: St Chad's, Birmingham
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Re: St Chad's, Birmingham

A lot of credit to the excellent organist (Nigel Morris?) too; a magnificent voluntary at the end which I think was an improvisation of 'O God our help in ages past' (the recessional hymn) I wonder if he played the (misnamed) 'St Anne' Fugue by Bach? It's what Anthony usually played when we sang O ...
by pdsfd
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: St Chad's, Birmingham
Replies: 2
Views: 713

St Chad's, Birmingham

I attended Mass here today and have to say the organ sounds superb; it has recently had a mid-life refurbishment and an already impressive sounding instrument now sounds even better. There were some sounds which I've never heard from an organ before, despite regularly attending Salford Cathedral wit...
by pdsfd
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

I'm having a go at learning to play the Gloria from the Psallite Mass, as I know it from the Cathedral and like it. (and on a separate point, looking at introducing it at my local parish church, to replace the Salazar setting we currently use.) Can I ask if I am playing the right chords here, in re...
by pdsfd
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

I'm having a go at learning to play the Gloria from the Psallite Mass, as I know it from the Cathedral and like it. (and on a separate point, looking at introducing it at my local parish church, to replace the Salazar setting we currently use.) Can I ask if I am playing the right chords here, in ref...
by pdsfd
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

Have to admit 'O Bread of Heaven' isn't one of my favourites, it somehow just came into my head! I do like a lot of the old Anglican hymns, but also quite fond of some of the stuff that came after the folky '70s era; things like the St Thomas More Group and Bob Hurd, Dan Feiton, John Bell, Michael ...
by pdsfd
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

Thanks both. I don't think I'm quite at that point, mcb, but I can at least get a reasonable idea of how most of the psalm refrains will go by looking at the stave, before we start singing them! I particularly like your sanctus setting and 'Rejoice forever'. Thanks for the heads up about Anthony; I'...
by pdsfd
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

I don't play any other instrument and whilst I don't sing in a choir, I have plenty of experience of singing in the church congregation; specifically at my local cathedral, which is renowned for its diverse approach to the music. This has definitely helped me to 'get the ear for it' and I can sing q...
by pdsfd
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

Hello pdfsd, I would be interested to know if you played the tune of O Bread of Heaven from the notes in front of you, or simply by remembering what you have heard. Are you a young beginner, or a mature person who has not played an instrument before? It is never too late to start, and always worthw...
by pdsfd
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Re: Learning the organ

Thanks. I have an old (mid 90s) Yamaha keyboard at home which still works, but our local church has a small Makin which may be available to have a play around on. Would it suffice to just get to know the keyboard and become comfortable with playing it before moving onto the organ, without going thro...
by pdsfd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Learning the organ
Replies: 19
Views: 3624

Learning the organ

As someone who is right at the bottom (and no idea whether I even have a natural 'gift' for playing), can I please ask whether or not it is important to learn the piano first before learning to play the organ?
by pdsfd
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pipe organ St John's Cathedral, Salford
Replies: 7
Views: 2585

Re: Pipe organ St John's Cathedral, Salford

Thanks so much mcb - excellent info! Thanks also to everyone else. I have managed to find a very brief recording of part of an ecumenical service held at the cathedral in early 2000 and an organ can be heard accompanying, albeit not very clearly. Was the pipe organ still in situ at this point? I att...
by pdsfd
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pipe organ St John's Cathedral, Salford
Replies: 7
Views: 2585

Pipe organ St John's Cathedral, Salford

I'm just asking if anyone has any vivid memories of playing the old pipe organ at Salford Cathedral, or of it being played? What were its main strengths and weaknesses? Was it heavy on the ears or a tame instrument? I can't find any old recordings of it on youtube unfortunately, although it is a few...
by pdsfd
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Offertory hymns
Replies: 34
Views: 20846

Re: Offertory hymns

Some hymns can sound better sung during the Preparation of the Gifts than as a Processional/Recessional hymn. I can think of a few; 'O worship the Lord', 'Surrexit Christus' by Taize, 'The Servant King' (especially on Palm Sunday) and 'Will you come and follow me' by John Bell.