best option was a temporary organist that we had used on several occasions, but
how can I put it? He played all the right notes but not necessarily in the right
order. Then a brainwave! My
business then, as now, is making radio and television commercials and I have
some pretty sophisticated equipment, so why not take the location unit to our
Masonic Hall and record the music for the Holy Royal Arch Ceremony on the superb
1930`s pipe organ? “Leave it to me” I said confidently to the
committee. The artiste was booked; copyright cleared and one master compact disc
We've come a long
way since that first recording and now use predominantly the latest digital
keyboards which produce a superb sound almost indistinguishable from the
original pipe organs.
didn’t realize at the time but it was a brilliant idea that would eventually
be of service to literally thousands of lodges and chapters throughout the world.
was born – discovered
rather than invented.
from one of the many letters we have received. (name and address supplied if
Good afternoon Adrian,
I promised to let you know how the first ‘outing’ of the CDs and player went.
The meeting last evening was great success with one brother of the Lodge remarking that when he entered the Temple it was a few minutes before he noticed there was no one at the organ and yet the organ music was wonderfully uplifting!
It did all go well – at both the meeting and Festive Board - thanks to the equipment, CDs and the advice you gave. Thank you.
Do keep me advised of any updates or new CDs – I would be particularly interested in ‘Carols for the Festive Board’ as our lodge has a particular reputation for the singing (very badly) at this meeting!
Kind regards and thanks again.
a recent meeting of our Lodge I was processing into the Temple with the other
Past Masters when I immediately noticed the lack of music. My first thought was
concern for our organist who, despite his age of 75 years, plays for many other
Lodges and Orders. He is normally very reliable but lately has been showing
signs of strain.
We immediately sent two of our Brothers to his house, where he
lives alone, to see if he was all right. They discovered that he was unwell but
fortunately not seriously.
back at the meeting, our Masonic Hall Management Committee has had the foresight
to install a compact disc player and a small amplification system.
So, I took to
the controls and `accompanied` the Second Degree. We also used the ‘Songs for the Craft Festive Board’
compact disc later”.
MEDIA saved the day this time and it’ll do the same for you - anytime!