The Lady Organist

an online magazine for organists

I've had the builders in

The Lady Organist has been a little subdued for the past year, as other blogging duties* have taken precedence.  Looking over the site this January, I thought it was beginning to look dowdy.  And the format was creaking.   So in the interests of bringing you lots of brand new content, and in the best tradition of fashionable magazines (oh yes) there’s been a style makeover, to kick off 2017.

The site content remains as before, but the builders are still working through the snagging list, so please forgive any encounter with a rubbish page display, duff link or non-functioning widget.  If you can be bothered to tell me about it, you will earn my gratitude.


*as Editor of StopPress, the new blog from the Royal College of Organists

Useful manuals-only repertoire

I  was pitched into the role of church organist with little preparation, and zero repertoire.  I was told that it took at least a year, if not eighteen months, to develop a reliable pedal technique – and I am finding this to be true.  So although I’m introducing pieces with a pedal part into the services gradually, as my confidence grows, I have needed some convincing and appropriate manuals-only voluntaries

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Recycled knees

When you are high in the organ loft you see some of the dodges perpetrated by the stained glass window makers, when they are working in out-of-the-way corners.  No one sees recycled bits and pieces for what they are, from down below.   Spot the bare knees at a jaunty angle!  – at Balliol College Chapel,  Oxford.  

Meeting with giants – Gerard Brooks and the organ of Westminster Hall

An RCO workshop with Gerard Brooks on the rebuilt Methodist Central Hall organ

Favourites

Three favourite posts in the general category of organists' lifestyle. We do have a lifestyle, you know.

Handy excuses for organists

  We all have those days when our performance wasn't quite as good as it should have been, so here's a convenient list of suitable…

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You’re not a proper organist until…

Becoming an organist is not just about getting some swanky letters to put after your name, you know.  Certain important life skills are also required,…

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How to chat up your organist

Taken a shine to the new lady organist who has just started at your church?  Fancy seeing more of that young organ scholar you met…

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