Have you ever made a pipe organ rumble?
Have you ever made a pipe organ rumble? Because that's what they can do! I never was taught to play one but when I was 17 I was studying in Melbourne, doing some piano studies but wanted to have a go at a big church organ, so fronted up to Christ Church (Anglican) South Yarra and asked could I practice there. Rather a bold thing to do as I was a real novice. Anyway I taught myself a bit about stops and foot pedals. Since then only rarely do I play a pipe organ, just occasionally in one of the Geelong churches but I'm not very good. Mainly I play a modern instrument at East Geelong, another kind that tries to mimic a pipe organ. But it can't rumble. And for church I actually prefer the piano, so as not to overwhelm the singing. We have a super young musician helping now, a Japanese student who plays the clarinet beautifully.
Anyway what triggered this post was that there are some good organists in Geelong, such as the organist at St David's Uniting in Newtown. I don't think they go in for clapping and drums and bands there! This is from the Weekly Review which I read this morning, catching up with the free Geelong newspapers.
The pipes are calling
small in comparison to some of the instruments Lukin has played.
first five minutes [I didn’t know what to think] … I mean you’re controlling nearly 10,000 pipes – it’s
of meetings going on right now about it … and it’s looking positive.”