New Organ in Church again

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New Organ in Church again

Post by presbyter » Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:46 pm

Many topics ago, there was a bit of a grumpy discussion about a certain new electronic/digital organ in a certain cathedral north of the Trent.

I have received a CD of the instrument today from the manufacturer. It sounds very well. I do not know if the CD is available to the general public but if it is, it's worth a few pounds for those interested in hearing how far digital technology has come along.

With the permission of another board member, I'll post the title of the CD.

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Post by Gwyn » Sat Nov 20, 2004 10:37 am

We wait in joyful hope. . .

What species/breed of digital organ is it btw?

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Post by Merseysider » Sat Nov 20, 2004 11:13 am

Given the standard of modern digital technology and the cost of pipe organs will be ever be able to condone the massive cost of pipes again?

One of the churches I work in has a magnificent 3-manual from the mid-19th century. It will cost £200,000 to restore – which I suspect we will never raise. And if we managed it, could that sort of expenditure be condoned in a deprived inner-city area?

I expect there'll be differing opinions on this one.

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Post by presbyter » Sat Nov 20, 2004 11:29 am

The organ on the CD is a custom-built Makin.

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Post by presbyter » Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:11 am

Sorry to say the CD is not commercially available :(

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Post by musicus » Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:54 am

presbyter wrote:Sorry to say the CD is not commercially available :(

... but there is a selection of mp3s, probably derived from that same CD, on Makin's website: http://www.makinorgans.co.uk

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Post by mcb » Sun Nov 21, 2004 5:36 pm

musicus wrote:...probably derived from that same CD...


Yep, those are from the CD. I wrote about the organ a year or so ago for Music and Liturgy. If anyone missed it and would like to see it, I'll be happy to send the text of the article if you let me have your e-mail address.

To answer Merseysider's question, we had to think long and hard about the merits of pipe organs versus digital imitations, and, evidently, concluded that the digital instrument was the right thing to go for. Maybe the decision would have been different if it had been a question of conserving a 'heritage' instrument, but as it was, the pipe organ dated from 1950 and was not a thing of beauty. The consultant who advised us initially on what to do with our pipe organ said the best thing to do was to scrap it and build a new one. I imagine he meant a new pipe organ! :) But the difference in cost between pipe and digital seemed compelling, given that we too are in a deprived inner-city area (Salford), and the Diocese had recently committed itself to a 'Covenant with the Poor'. (That's an abridged version of the article!)

If you're curious, you'd be most welcome to come and listen or play. Drop me a line to fix a date.

Martin.

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