If you read our blog or follow us on social media, you will know that we have been able to help a number of young organists over the last year with home practice instruments.
The pandemic has prevented many students and organists from using instruments in churches as they would normally do. Our practice instruments have been crucial in helping some of them gain organ scholarships for 2021, and we couldn’t be more delighted.
In April this year we had another enquiry from a Sixth-Form student in Cambridge. Nadia had been studying the organ for the past two years and was hoping to apply for an organ scholarship at Oxford later in the year. Unfortunately her practice time on the organ had suffered as her local churches had not made their organs available during the pandemic.
Nadia had seen one of our previous blog posts about Dominic Remedios, a talented young organist, who was also struggling with practice time as he was applying for a Cambridge organ scholarship. She was wondering if we could help her with a loan instrument.
At the time of asking we didn’t have any suitable instruments in stock, but we knew that something would most likely come in soon enough. There were also a small list of students ahead of Nadia that we were trying to help.
About a month later we were able to recover an instrument, a Gem Ahlborn, that we thought would be suitable. After confirming that the instrument would fit into the room we were able to deliver it without any problems. As so many times before the organ was delivered by David Wilkinson, our trusted organ delivery partner.
We wish Nadia happy practising and all the best in applying for the organ scholarship later this autumn.
I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.