Yet another final final final final final final final decision from our town council:
"Town Hall Council decision is scheduled for the 11 June 2015. There will be a public debate, followed by the decision on whether the Christchurch town council wish to proceed or not in a private afternoon meeting."
I'm getting used to these anxious waits resulting in what appears to be yet another final decision about the fate of the town hall. Seems people are very reluctant to just go ahead. Let's hope this is simply the aftermath of the tender process.
Watch this space for news about the town hall on June 11, 2015.
Happy news about the Basilica
I have been waiting anxiously for news of the Catholic Basilica in Barbadoes Street - the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. It has always been a superb place acoustically for concerts and visual impact. Today the church authorities announced that they have plans to attempt to restore at least the nave of this glorious building. Of all the heritage buildings in Christchurch, this would have be top of the list, by anyone's standards.
Read more about it here:
I managed to hook in a few more links today that are very useful. The Organ Academy of Stade, Germany, which is an association for the promotion of organ culture in the Elbe-Weser region. Lot of resources for visitors wanting to check out the distinctive organ building styles and history in that vast area. Also a French site I listed under Anything Else, Music education, magazines and resources: called "Les Orgues" , it takes a little bit of negotiating since it relies entirely on text. But there is a lot to find once you get the hang of it, and I especially added a link from it to a list of French organists. For the German side of things, there is a comprehensive website which seems to have it all: history, concerts, maps, photos - you name, it's there. http://www.orgel-information.de/ is a portal and again, you can find a treasure trove of information here. Have fun! (Don't forget to breathe)
Writings from nzorgan.com 2005 had it all!
Now you can read all of the 2005 Musings and Amusings articles by David Bridgeman-Sutton, which I have just finished transferring from the old www.nzorgan.com website. What a marvellous melange of subjects and whimsy is to be found there.
From Parisian extemporisation, and corset wearing composers, through the use of organs on trains in the early days of American train travel, to a tribute to an organ-playing former British Prime Minister - it's all there! Check them out now at 2005 Musings and Amusings
And they are...
NOTE: Jigsaw enthusiasts more accustomed to the real-time variety might think a 300-piece puzzle is a push-over. Not so; just different. At least you do know that you can't lose any pieces!
Phew! I finished three more pages of installation captions from January through to March/April 1997. Put your mouse over the images and the caption will (should) pop up. Let me know if there is a problem.
It brought it all back to me just how excited we were to watch as each pipe and piece fitted together with the expertise of the Rieger men. It really beat doing jigsaws, and we could only marvel at the clever designs and age-old methods that are still being employed to make pipe organs. We couldn't wait until the opening in May...