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The Forth in Praise Organists' Blog

The personal views of a Catholic parish organist

October 5, 2009

Welcome to the blog!

evelyn @ 2:07 pm

A Note from the Editor:

No sooner had I started up this blog back in June than events overtook me.  Following a hospital stay and then convalescence, I’m now, thank goodness, back on track.

So let’s start all over again …

Welcome to the Forth in Praise Organists’ Blog!

Church organists are a special breed.  We have concerns, queries and problems which are not generally shared by singers or group-instrumentalists, such as dealing with inadequate instruments, or having to find funeral music at very little notice.  Very often, we are on our own, with no support from choir or other instrumentalists.  This can be lonely and, for beginners especially, quite daunting.

The purpose of this blog is to give us organists a chance to comment and exchange views on various organ-playing topics.  Although Forth in Praise is part of a Roman Catholic archdiocesan liturgy group, organists’ concerns are common to all denominations, and all organists are most welcome to take part in the blog, beginners especially so.

Evelyn Stell, the blog editor, convenes the music advisory group attached to the Liturgy Commission of the RC Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. She has been an organist for 43 years, of which the last 34 have been spent at St Michael’s RC church, Linlithgow, Scotland.

The Organists Blog will replace the existing Forth in Praise Organists’ Newsletter, which goes out by email.  If you would like to be notified by email whenever there is a new blog post, please contact Evelyn at evelyn.stell@forthinpraise.co.uk with subject heading ‘notify organ posts’.

More posts will go up shortly and the Forth in Praise team looks forward to reading your comments.

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