Cathedral organists, university professors and globe-trotting recitalists – they’re all singing the praises of DHMidi-Organs.
‘Since the company became the UK’s only authorised Hauptwerk dealer we have been rushed off our feet,’ said director Douglas Henn-Macrae. ‘More and more people are coming to us for Hauptwerk-based modular home practice organs.’
The company is also seeing increasing interest from churches, schools, universities and concert halls for their solid-oak Hauptwerk consoles from Magnus Organs in Poland, with an ‘easy-on’ system.
‘The organist doesn’t need to know anything about computers or MIDI – just where to find the on and off buttons!’ explains Douglas.
A virtual pipe organ, Hauptwerk is rapidly becoming the go-to system for anyone looking for a pipeless organ solution. Every pipe of a named, identifiable pipe organ is sampled three times over in 24-bit stereo (better than CD-quality) – not only the pipes, but also the ‘noises off’ like key and stop action, the blower motor and the swell box shutters.
‘You can play, study and teach organ music of different countries and periods on an appropriate organ,’ explains Douglas. ‘For example, Bach on a Silbermann or Schnitger; Vierne and César Franck on a Cavaillé-Coll; Liszt or Reger on a 19th century Sauer or Ladegast and the English Romantics (Howells & Co) on the Willis organs of Salisbury or Hereford Cathedrals – rather than having to make all styles of music work on one generic set of stops.’
Douglas claims that a Hauptwerk-based organ will almost always be cheaper than a comparable ‘off-the-shelf’ digital organ from one of the well-known European or American manufacturers. And it will sound far more realistic, and be much more flexible. A complete four-manual home practice organ comes in at under £10,000.
A new electric system that mimics a hot water system by warming the fabric of the building – without using a boiler and running on electricity.
That’s just one of the innovations from CRE exhibitor Christopher Dunphy Ecclesiastical Heating.
‘It is particularly useful for churches in more remote locations where mains gas is not available,’ explained Dunphy, who juggles being chair of League One Rochdale FC with running a firm which has designed and installed cost-effective heating systems for more than 40 years.
‘We’ve probably heated more than 1,000 churches,’ said Dunphy. ‘If you’ve got a medieval or Victorian building you’re looking at walls two to seven feet thick. They act like storage heaters. The worse nightmare is a church built in the 1960s or 70s – with low heat retention. Give me an old church any day!
‘It is a complex issue with far-reaching implications which affect the very fabric of your building. Factors almost uniquely relevant to churches that have to be considered. Noise, excessive movement of air, changes in humidity and of course the visual effect on the aesthetic of the church. To get any of these wrong can lead not only to a poorly heated church but can also lead to considerable damage of the building via thermal shock, distortion, condensation, wood rot or even organ damage’.
In short, warns Dunphy, a bad heating system can be disastrous.
‘Our philosophy on church heating is quite simple: to produce the most cost effective solution to your individual needs in the long term,’ he maintains. ‘The criteria for this will be different in every church. When we install a heating system, we like the finished product to be unobtrusive as possible. We pay great attention to every detail. Heat emitters can be colour coded if required and piperuns made as neat and discreet as possible.’
An all-new version of CCLI’s popular SongSelect website has been launched, making it the best single source of legal song words and sheet music for music teams planning Sunday sung worship.
‘Many of the improvements made to the new site have come in response to customer feedback, with existing users providing some very positive feedback on the changes,’ said CCLI’s Rich Burrough. ‘As well as a complete re-skin, the new site eschews Flash in favour of the latest HTML5 player, making it fully responsive for mobile devices. HTML5 is compatible with all the latest browsers including Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox.’
SongSelect features official song resources for more than 100,000 worship songs and hymns.
A subscription site, available to any church which holds a Church Copyright Licence (CCL) for the projection/reproduction of song words, SongSelect packages start from £32 a year. In response to customer feedback, the new site adds thousands of multi-part vocal sheets to the lyrics, lead sheets and chord sheets which were already available.
‘These come with the new Premium package which costs £115 per year,’ said Rich, ‘though existing subscribers can upgrade for a pro-rated cost.’
All SongSelect subscriptions are church based and allow unlimited access for as many people as required within the church’s music and projection/multimedia teams. In addition, SongSelect seamlessly integrates with a number of leading song planning and projection software packages, including OnSong, MediaShout and ProPresenter.
‘This makes song planning and delivery much easier, whether you’re preparing in advance or responding in the moment,’ added Rich. ‘If you decide it’s for you and your church, you can simply arrange a subscription through your church and link your account to your church.’
A new, easy-to-build and store staging system means you can transform any space into a performance or presentation area.
Q-build is a market leader for staging in the education, community, religious and commercial sectors.
‘The multi-level staging range comprises a compact kit, through to a bigger option for a large staging or platform area,’ said Stage Systems’ Angela Allen.
Components consist of reversible wooden decks, provided with a carpeted finish if required and equally strong metal frames, forming a modular staging system.