As a member of both the RCO and RCCO it is always interesting to see what is happening on the other side of the pond. If you get a moment it is worth checking out the YouTube channel for the RCO. The six episodes from the “Organ Show” series from earlier this year are worth watching.
There is a good history in Grey/Bruce of organs being rehomed, or redundant parts being reused. Over the last couple of weeks our local organ technicians, John and Steve Tite, have been rehoming a nice two manual, 3 rank, pipe organ into Knox Presbyterian Church, Burgoyne, ON. The organ was originally in St. Thomas Anglican Church in Owen Sound, ON. The congregation of St. Thomas amalgamated with St. Georges Anglican Church in Owen Sound in 2017 and the building was finally sold off and at that point the organ was removed and has spent a couple of years in a local barn. Now it is getting a new life, here are a few images of it being installed, courtesy of Steve.
Our first survey in the four-part “Animating Worship (What Worship Leaders Need to Know)” course is coming to its completion– we’ve surveyed Christian Music, historic to contemporary, in both the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, using Wilson-Dickson’s The Story of Christian Music as our basic text, and supplementing it with Michele Evdokimov’s Two Martyrs in a Godless World and Lim and Ruth’s Lovin’ on Jesus.
This survey is part of a continuing online journey of study that you can board at any time.
The winter survey is a basic course on worship patterns in the Western Church, with James F White’s Introduction to Christian Worship, Third Edition and Lim and Ruth’s Lovin’ on Jesus as our core texts. The White text is a standard among seminarians; Lim and Ruth continue the White text from roughly AD2000 through the present.
If you or anyone you know would like to join this segment of the course, please spread the word, and have them email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m very happy to communicate with anybody interested!
Here are a couple of YouTube organ recitals coming up that may be of interest ..
- Fraser Gartshore has another of his Friday Night recitals using his virtual pipe organ on Friday 12th at 21:00 UTC. His livestream is here, he normally throws in a bit of Jazz somewhere.
- Richard McVeigh at his Beauty In Sound channel normally presents a Virtual Church on Sundays from Gloucester Cathederal, here is the link for last Sunday 7th.
- An interesting concert that just happened included pieces for organ and violin filled with Polish music, in the masterful performance of Maria Perucka (violin) and Roman Perucki (organ). The livestreamed link is here.
Our next centre meeting is scheduled for November 14th, 2021, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Southampton. At the moment we are still seeing if it is feasable to meet in person, or if we need to stay with Zoom.
We have decided to stay with Zoom meetings at the moment, Meeting links will be sent out.