Whilst perhaps not quite so much as happened in May as would usually be planned and whilst even more events and recitals have been cancelled, into the future, there has still been plenty of music making to enjoy.
Highlights for me have included Luke Mitchell with his voting requests of what he should learn and play next along with Alexander Finlayson-Brown playing a hymn each day as well as providing some interesting background to it. In addition, Daniel Cook and has been providing a voluntary each day as has Peter King. Ally Pally have also entertained us with a silent movie and the Leeds International Organ Festival is taking place online. Finally, who can fail to enjoy the Beauty in Sound recitals each week and the regular events from Scott Brothers Duo? Lockdown may have its draw backs, but I think we are very lucky to be able to share in such wonderful music making, hearing more people play than we would usually.
Many readers will know of what has become the annual Pembroke College ‘Bach-a-thon’ which takes place in June. Whilst this can’t go ahead in the chapel from 22-23 June for the 24 hours, it will be happening online. There are 53 players in total taking part from around the world. This really will be worth tuning in to through Pembroke Choir Facebook page.
Harrison and Harrison have continued to share images of their work through social media. Meanwhile, St Mary’s Portsea have announced Nicholson and co will carry out the work to their organ, commencing in November this year.
There have been no new links added to the site during May. However. you will of course seen posts by Stephen Mansfield ‘Inspiring the next generation’ and by Mick Perrier on the ‘RSCM Membership Conference’. In June we learn more about the Ally Pally Organ and a regular follower of The Organ Manual tells us about her experiences of learning online, something many of us can relate to right now. As always, if there is something you would like to share with readers, please do drop me a line – I would be delighted to publish it on the blog.
Finally, The Organ Manual has been delighted to be working closely with Viscount Organs Wales this month. Their generous sponsorship has mean that I can advertise the website, something I have not been able to do before. I really am truly grateful for their support.
Do stay safe and well.
Very best wishes