What is happening in December for us in Christchurch, a competition, links, news,  plus a bit of fun.
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CD competition link

Win an organ CD

Answer 3 simple multi-choice questions to go in the draw - simple!

Answer three multi-choice fun questions, click the button, and if your choices are correct, you go in the draw to win a CD. This month it's either "Cardboard Cathedral Organ Capers" or "Great Australasian Organs VII" - you get to choose. Both CDs are recorded by Martin Setchell; "Capers" on the Rodgers organ in the Transitional Cathedral in January 2014, and the "Great Australasian Organs VII" in 2010 on the Rieger in Christchurch Town Hall before the earthquakes.  
HOW TO ENTER: Click on the CDs above or  the competition page link and select the questions to enter. The winner should get their prize well before Christmas Day.
DEADLINE: The competition closes in about a week - on December 12th, at 11.59pm Pacific Time, to be exact. If you don't win, or can't wait, go to the recordings page on Martin's website to buy these or other CDs.  If you are visiting the cathedral in Christchurch, "Capers" is on sale in the foyer for $25 NZD.  

martin waiting for queue

Remote control

In Christchurch we may do things a little differently, but it's no less fun. The annual Nine Lessons and Carols service at Christ's College was normally held in the Cathedral to accommodate the large congregation. For the past four years, outdoors in the college quad  has been the only option. This year the college's music tutor and organ tutor Nicholas Sutcliffe conducted the choir, while Martin played the organ in solitary splendour inside the college chapel, as images and sound were relayed from the quad (to the accompaniment of repair scaffold chains clanking in the background). 
If you can't get enough of this annual Christmas ritual, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols annual radio broadcast from King's College Chapel, Cambridge, will be on BBC Radio 4 on December 24 at 10:00am. EST and by 300+ USA radio stations via American Public Media and its affiliates. 

Nearly another year has gone...

And still Christchurch slowly, but surely, recovers. Many great activities and individual efforts are underway all over the city. But for those back-seat passengers plaintively crying "Are we there yet?", no, sorry, not by a long shot. For this newsletter, I'll let others do the talking. Firstly, the picture above showing the interior of the Christchurch Anglican Cathedral was taken (thanks guys) by intrepid urban explorers who 'broke into' the Cathedral, in the nicest possible way, to document the state of the building after almost four years of pigeon squatting. For their intriguing website and more photos, including heart-breaking ones of the Catholic Basilica in similar straits in Barbadoes Street, click here.
Secondly, the Rebuild Christchurch organisation, led by Deon Swiggs, frequently ushers visitors around the city, and one such report from JULIAN MORGANS in neighbouring Australia pretty much represents life as we know it. Well worth a read for a fair coverage of the wider area. Read the article here 

Still with the cathedral...

A concert "Farewell Farrago" to farewell the cathedral's retiring (but not shy and...) Director of Music, Brian Law, will be held on at the Cardboard Cathedral in Latimer Square on Saturday December 13th at 7.30pm. And a warm welcome to the new DoM and his family from late January, Mr John Linker, who is currently Organist & Choirmaster at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky.

2015 concerts

While we're looking ahead, dates and times of Martin's 2015 organ concerts in Australia, the UK, Germany, and New Zealand are now on his website concert pages. Martin's year begins with an exciting inaugural concert on Sunday, February 1 at 2pm on the rebuilt organ in Knox Presbyterian Church, Bealey avenue, Christchurch. Both the organ and church were badly damaged in the earthquakes, but not the spirit of the parish. Details of each concert programme in 2015 will be added closer to the time, but meanwhile you could also enjoy listening/watching nostalgic organ videos on Martin's recordings page. My favourites are still the seasonally appropriate Toccata on Joy to the World, and the Sortie in Eb by Lefébure-Wély; the latter with shots inside the town hall Rieger. 

40% discount until end of December

Perhaps this is a slightly tenuous link, but it still involves organs, pipes, and my faithful, battered camera (Santa, are you listening, old boy?)
From now until the end of December, recipients of this newsletter can get a 40% discount on any items purchased from my Fine Art America shop - which, in case you didn't know, specialises in photos of organs (surprise, surprise). Just use the code EDZRFX at check out to claim your discount. (So there IS some compensation for wading through this drivel each month... :-) 

Christmas organ music website

If you still need a Christmas organ music 'fix', Organlive.com (bless it) has inaugurated a special station dedicated to the music of Advent and Christmas. During the year the Christmas season music is tucked away from search engines and brought out to play only in December. This year Organlive's dedicated station plays nothing but. You can see the playlists and the current and past tracklists, and, it's free. With several options of formats to listen with, it really is easy to operate. If nothing else, it should restore your faith in the continuation of fine organ music.  Go to the OrganLive Christmas Station, or stay with the everyday listen-on-demand Organlive.com. Don't forget you can search for composers, organs, albums and players. 

From the Swellbox 

A selection of new discoveries, my old favourites, and sheer fun. Just enjoy them. 
  1. The internet was invented purely so people like me could send friends videos of cats and kittens. How true. Here is one such. Kittens on turntables
  2. Westjet's little Christmas effort nearly makes me want to fly. Nearly. Westjet Christmas Miracle
  3. The eight-yr-old prank caller from Ireland. What talent...  Becky, the prank girl
  4. TED talk: How playing an instrument benefits your brain. (Still hoping) 
  5. Christmas for me is not complete without a carol arrangement by David Willcocks or John Rutter. Listen to the story behind one of the most well-known of Rutter's compositions, composed, amazingly, while he was still at school. Nativity Carol
One more newsletter to come before the end of December, so brace yourselves.

Our persuasive kitties demanded improved feline input this time so it's back to another Simon's Cat cartoon for Christmas, entitled "Catnip". Happy now, girls? (Note the 'space-out' Bobby to the left, after a passionate catnip session in the garage. Should be illegal. )

Don't forget you can send me your favourite news and links - all welcome.
Cheerful and Chrismassy noises until later, 
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