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jwatkins
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:24 am    Post subject: Requiem for church organs? Reply with quote

From The Times (March 18th)
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An EU directive aimed at controlling lead waste is putting the country's historic instruments in peril, because of an EU directive designed to control hazardous substances.

Hmm, well as far as I can see all one has to do is declare that the whole church is the instrument, or maybe we could just ignore the directive like the rest of Europe will do anyway...
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stocky



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Location: Truro

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think that the rest of Europe will let their musical heritage be wiped out by some stupid directive! its absalutly rediculous! cheers!
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marknw



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Location: Northumberland

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: campaign to save our organs Reply with quote

Campaign site here
http://www.pipes4organs.org/
petition to sign, suggestions for writing to mps, meps etc
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marknw



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 2:34 pm    Post subject: more info on organs Reply with quote

http://intranet.lichfield.anglican.org/resources/legal/pipes_brief1.pdf
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lancecornea



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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To brighten us all up, here's a little ditty I found on this topic in another forum. Sing it to "I am the very model of a modern Major-General"


AN ODE TO THE ODIOUS ORGAN-BUILDER


We have a little problem with an organ that is minimal,
a new one is not possible, for then we would be criminal.
If pipes are lead, they now see red, the consequences horrible,
The Brussels greens and DTI, becoming quite impossible.

The organ-builder’s ‘quainted, too, with matters of environment,
He understands protecting, both the consequent and subsequent,
With metallurgic theorem, the oldest lead with tin is fused,
Re-cycling very carefully, so not an ounce is loosed.


re-cycling very carefully, the oldest lead with tin is fused,
re-cycling very carefully, the oldest lead with tin is fused,
re-cycling very carefully, so not an ounce is loosed


He is the very model of a modern day ecologist,
Delighting both the lobbies of the zoo and bio-oligists,
He’s worked with kings of England, and can quote the Flight historical,
From Dallam through to Ken Tickell, in order categorical.

He’s very well acquainted, too, with matters logarithmical,
He understands his Mixtures, both the two rank and quadratical,
Without pipe-scaling theorems used, the spotted-metal which is fused,
Becomes a plumber’s nightmare, and the sound is then obtuse.

Becomes a plumber’s nightmare, and the sound is then obtuse
Becomes a plumber’s nightmare, and the sound is then obtuse
Becomes a plumber’s nightmare, and the sound is then obtuse

He’s very good at making pipes, which voiced, then sound miraculous,
The names of which are often seen as something quite ridiculous,
In short, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist

In short, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist


He’s very good at integrating pipes from many origins,
And has a name for those that tend to speak in strange paroxysms,
In short, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist


In short, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist

He knows the mythic history too, of King’s and Arthur Harrison,
He understands acoustics well, and sounds which seem to linger on,
He knows the life of Henry first, Cavaille-Coll and Silbermann,
With glorious sounds he fills the church and overwhelms the carillon.

He can tell authentic Schnitger from the copies that are made of him,
The croaking frogs of Cliquot and the thunder Aristidean,
Can hum a fugue and tune a reed, like those that went in front of him,
Werkmeister one, or maybe two, and every other paradigm.

Werkmeister one, or maybe two, and every other paradigm
Werkmeister one, or maybe two, and every other paradigm
Werkmeister one, or maybe two, and every other paradigm


He knows his Great from Hauptwerk, and his Recite from accordian,
His bellows from his Schwimmers, and his regal from harmonium,
In short, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist

In short, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist

In fact when he knows what is meant by diaphones and telephones,
When he can tell at sight his Hope-Jones’s Tibias from his Melotones,
When such affairs as Sorties and Intradas he’s aware of,
And when he knows the meaning of a German word like Laukhoff

When he has learned what progress has been made in modern digitals,
And he knows more of tactics than the doctors in the hospitals,
In short, when he’s a smattering of elemental strategy,
You’ll say a better organ-man has n’er enlivened liturgy

You’ll say a better organ-man has n’er enlivened liturgy
You’ll say a better organ-man has n’er enlivened liturgy
You’ll say a better organ-man has n’er enlivened liturgy

For all his music knowledge; for his art and his longevity,
He’s brought down at the start of this new forward-thinking century
But still, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist

But still, he is protectionist, an artist and traditionalist,
He is the very model of a modern day ecologist
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diapason8



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb!!
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