Gem within a Gem

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Here is a wonderful example of spontaneous collaboration!

Sharon Temple was quiet when I visited, with these two staff members prepping the site for a wedding and reception later in the day. While I was delighting in the amazing acoustics and stunning architectural detail, I noticed this organ off in one corner. I’m not sure if I had ever seen – let alone heard – a pump organ before, and how wonderful it would be to record the sounds of it together with some of my flute-playing…

I learned that John, seated, plays organ for events and concerts at Sharon, and, with some gentle arm-twisting, he agreed to take a break from his duties and give a read-through of a piece I happened to have on hand: an excerpt from Handel’s ‘Messiah’. So, after a brief tune-up, we dived in, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did at the time…listen for the arrhythmic yet steadfast sound of the pumping action which turns this duo into a trio!

If you want to hear superb live music in this unique setting, and marvel at the wonderful, warm acoustic of the space, keep an eye on Sharon’s on-line concert-listings.