Today's question was sent by Rory who is our Total Organist student. Here's what he wrote:
"Dear Vidas and Ausra,
First of all, by the way, thank you for all you do and special congratulations on reaching 100 podcasts!
My question: in our parish we are in the early stages of planning a musical event featuring choir and organ and also some organ solos. It is a small church with a low gallery (total seating about 300).The choir, about 25 people, normally sing from just in front of the organ, which stands at the back of the gallery. This is good acoustically. We do not have a conductor - the organ leads the choir directly. It works well, but for this concert type of event we find a problem. Both the choir and the organist would be invisible to the downstairs audience the whole time, so we have been experimenting with locating the choir on the altar steps, but at that distance it is difficult for the choir to hear the organ clearly enough above their own voices, unless the organ plays very loudly - which becomes out of balance for the audience. I wonder if you have any comment from all your experience? Have you ever used a camera to project a view of choir and/or organist, using a screen in front of the audience perhaps? Any thoughts welcome!
Many thanks! Rory"
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