If you are reading this then you have probably found our website (or been re-directed here by the wonders of Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter). Whatever the route you took to get here, the welcome remains the same – a warm one!
Launching Our Business and Website
I am very pleased to be launching this business in the gorgeous, vibrant city of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. While we are in our early stages of launch, we are still tweaking and settling in, so please do feel free to reach out with any feedback to me directly. There will no doubt be a period of ensuring that I have remembered to include all the relevant information for you on our website. I hope you find it an easy site to navigate. If you have any questions about it, or indeed suggestions, then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst on the subject of my website, it seems a perfect opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude to Shelley and Christian Rostlund of Social Intelligence. They have worked tirelessly to co-ordinate and execute the design of this site. Their attention to detail is extraordinary, and their patience in dealing with the niche terminology of the organ world unending. Many thanks to you both and your team.
The Journey Begins
South Coast Organs is the destination of a journey that began over 10 years ago. I was still at university when I started working for a local pipe organ builder on a part-time basis. Every day when I didn’t have lectures to attend was spent travelling around England helping to tune, maintain, rebuild and restore organs. After graduation I decided to stick with the organ building trade – much to my friends’ surprise. During the past 10 years I have been heavily involved with many fine pipe organ restoration projects and worked hard to maintain a large tuning round across the south of England.
I am also a parish organist and a serving member of a Parochial Church Council. It is these two roles – coupled with my relatively extensive experience in pipe organ building – that have acted as the catalysts for South Coast Organs.
It became all too apparent that the key to successful music provision, particularly in worship environments, is flexibility. Many churches have seen a reduction in income over recent years and yet are still expected to offer fully functioning musical setups. Throwing a 4 part choir into the mix alongside a busy wedding schedule only highlights further the demands that can be placed on the musicians and the instruments they play.
South Coast Organs aims to provide a range of services that reflect the changing landscape, and offer a wide variety of solutions to the liturgical application of music. One also needs to recognise the demand and requirement for good quality home and school practice organs. A modern digital organ is more often than not the only viable option for practice. Hopefully the increased availability of such instruments will encourage and foster organ playing well into the future!
I sincerely believe that my background puts me in a position to deliver a holistic range of services to all involved in the organ world. Let’s get started…