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The personal views of a Catholic parish organist

August 25, 2013

I’ll never organise one of these again!

evelyn @ 2:58 pm

Just a statement of fact.  This is my last time organising an Archdiocesan singing day, as I retire from active duties at the end of the year.  And the 31 August day in Linlithgow looks as though it will be quite an event.

Several times I’ve been asked ‘Why isn’t there anything specially for organists?’  The answer is that it is always tricky to work something like this into a day for singers, but this time I thought we’d try, as it’s my last time, and as the organ is my instrument.  So a half-hour organ slot was announced.

And what happens?  Ten guitarists book.  Frantic call to John Lindsay, our guitar maestro at past events. John, bless him, can come and will do a guitar session simultaneously with the organ slot.  I have fond memories of a previous event led by John, where we had a positive sea of guitars, and a very impressive sound.   So we now put chords on all the music and announce a guitar session.

And what happens?  Someone phones asking why we aren’t doing any Gregorian chant …

However, in spite of all the preparatory hassle, we have a lot of bookings for the 31st and some good leaders.  Past singing days have always been lively and full of enjoyment, with wonderfully enthusiastic participants, and we hope this one will be the same, especially as it’s my last one.

There’s still time to book (but only just – hand-outs get printed out in the next couple of days).  Click here for details.


PS  Re the Gregorian chant question, it is something we look at from time to time, but this year there is a major Musica Sacra event coming off in Glasgow in November.  Details on our Events Page.

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