Merry Xmas to all and to all a Goodnight!

Well done to all for a fantastic Christmas concert last week. The bands all played brilliantly and it was wonderful to showcase all the hard work of the last term!

That’s all now until the 12th,13th or 14th of January depending on which bands you play in.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!
x

 

The Organ (IotW)

The organ is often called the King of Instruments, and in America everything has to be bigger!  So the largest organ ever built is in America at the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 
The organ has four entries in the Guinness World Records including “Largest pipe organ ever constructed”, “Largest musical instrument ever constructed” and “Loudest musical instrument ever constructed”. It is one of only two organs in the world to have a 64-foot rank (ie a set of pipes with the longest being 64ft or 20m long), and the only organ to have stops voiced on 100 inches of wind pressure (about 3.6 psi) needed due to the shear size of the hall. Its console features seven manuals (keyboards) and 1,235 stops.  Compare this to the organ at Lullingstone which has a short keyboard and only 5 stops!
Although the instrument has not been fully functional since the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane, it is currently under restoration and was played in September 2013 at its first public performance in 40 years.  About half the organ has been restored, but it is expected to take a futher 10 years to complete the restoration.
The photo below shows the console.  Google will give you further pictures of the hall and organ. 
The console of the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The largest pipe organ in the world.
Article by Alan Saunders. Thanks Alan!
If you know of a an awesome instrument you could write a few words about, or even just send us a link to a video of it being played, drop me a line at drakej@live.co.uk.
Ta,
James.

Music on the Vine ’16

Well done to all who played at the Vine bandstand last week: we made a great sound and by the end there was quite an audience! Special thanks go to our expert box-rattlers who managed to con- *ahem* I mean convince the spectators to dig deep to help with the band funds.

There are some photos of the event which I have now uploaded to the gallery.

I leave you with this personal favourite, which I call “Majestic crane takes flight.”

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(IotW) The Nyckelharpa

The Nyckelharpa really cool sounding folk instrument from Sweden:

As the marvelous Griselda explains, it is one of the only keyed bowed instruments in the world. Its extra strings give it a cool natural reverb effect.

You might think “Wow, I’ve never heard of that!” but its an instrument that’s gaining popularity due to its unique sound- we even have two nyckelharpa players in Eynsford!

James

 

Instrument of the Week

From today, all our members are invited to write a post for our website about an instrument of their choice. It can be a popular instrument (e.g. trumpet, guitar) or something a bit weirder (e.g. the humble nose-flute), but it must be interesting! You don’t have to write loads about it, but please include some facts, pictures and videos.

Please submit your posts to me at drakej@live.co.uk and each week, I’ll pick one and publish it!

Happy writings!

James