Even Pipe Organs have birthday parties!
On Tuesday, 4th December, a celebration was held to honour the 4oth anniversary of the Great Hall Organ in Sydney University.
In addition, on this same day the Chancell0r’s Trumpet was inaugurated. The Organ now has 54 stops, 79 ranks and 4005 pipes.
The well-known Sydney University Organist and Carillionist, Amy Johansen, expertly performed the recital, which featured a diversity of composers: from Bach to Charpentier to Ampt: and more.
Designed by Rudolf von Beckerath of Germany, the organ was installed jointly by him and Ronald Sharp, my husband (and editor of my books).
The audience of 500 people applauded Ron in acknowledgement of his important contribution. A proud moment!
After the recital, Ron and I attended the reception, and we were introduced by Amy to the Governor of N.S.W. who is also the Chancellor:
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO. Such a charming and elegant lady!
All in all, it was an evening to remember!
As I put the finishing touches on my fifth book, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the immense help, support and time that my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M. has given me.
From the very beginning, Story One Book One, right through to the final pages of this, my fifth book, Ron has been involved. Not just with praise and enthusiasm for my writing, although he has been more than liberal with that. No: he has spend much time and effort in the editing, compilation, and setting up of the books. The resulting work mirrors his high standards of excellence in presentation; the same excellence that is evident in his Pipe-Organs.
If you ever hold a copy of any of these books in your hand, please remember the effort made by my husband, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, in bringing them into being.
I suppose it’s human nature to wonder just how impartial a husband’s, any husband’s, opinion of his wife’s work can be. After all, within marriage, there could well be an embargo on criticism, particularly if one wishes to remain on good terms with one’s spouse.
Having been married only once , I suppose I can offer an opinion based entirely on this experience.
Now, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, is, I contend, an exceptional person. The high regard in which he is held in the world of music, particularly in pipe-organ circles, stamps him as a person of immense stature and integrity. Being steeped in these values, he does not praise for the sake of currying favour, or to promote something that he does not believe in. As he said this morning, “I speak my mind.”
Given the importance that he places on the truth, I believe that any opinion he expresses, irrespective of whether it relates to my writing or any other topic, can seriously be construed as that of an impartial, intelligent observer.
There may be people who find this hard to accept, but then again, maybe they have never known anyone of the calibre of Ronald Sharp. His list of achievements as a self-taught individual may have to wait for his memoirs.