© JHDavid 2013
 
Springtime 2005, I started to become an organ player. Usually the lessons are in St. Trinitatis, the church of
my wedding and baptism of my daughter. Below are the places recorded, where I have been practising at all.
Versöhnungskirche (Reconciliation Church) Wolfenbüttel (II/P/22)
My home organ - close to my residence. Usually I start each working day with approximately one hour practice here.
Unfortunately (?) since I have my own church organ at home this task has been shifted to my living room. What else?
Since June 2012 I'm doing work as a member of the parish council. Furthermore I set-up the "Organists get-together"
here. We will see how does it works. (see bottom of the page too)
St. Trinitatis Wolfenbüttel (II/P/29)
Although I can practice there at any time it is of help to do so during the opening hours of the church.
My own (electronic) church organ (III/P/60+60)
Accurately timed my private organ arrived some days before my birthday 2012. Effectively two organs in one case:
both with a really impressive sound and I'm quite happy with the improvements I've specified for the console.
The Moop! (My own organ project)
As my apartment can not accomodate a real pipe organ I was obliged to look out for something different.
Here is the "thinking-about-history" but a Monarke will always be my dream. (2010-2012)
Gloria Excellent 242
(II/P/42)
Johannus Rembrandt 350
(III/P/65)
Gloria Excellent 360
(III/P/60+60)
Monarke Van Eyck
(II/P/30)
In and around Wolfenbüttel
Hauptkirche Beatae Mariae Virginis (BMV) (IV/P/53)
Extra opportunity for weekly practice in preparation for an important event: Due to the difficult family situation
playing the organ - well hidden by the back division - was the only way being with my daughter for her first sacrament.
Nobody was aware of this. Thanks to all who knew about. (Quasimodogeniti 2011)

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Churches where lessons take place in case of events in Trinitatis:
St. Johannis St. Brictius Apostelkirche Groß Stöckheim
St. Andreas Kirche Cramme
Two guys and the six-pack-evening: 6 o'clock, six organ pieces, six chicken-wings, six sausages and
of course six beer. (July 2011)
Practising during vacations, business trips or trainings
Dorfkirche Reinhardtsgrimma - The organ was built 1731 by Gottfried Silbermann!
During the celebration of the 20th anniversary of commencement of study in Dresden, I got the opportunity to play
a Prelude of Johann Sebastian Bach and some other pieces here. Great! (May 2007)
Jakobskirche Weimar
Church of Geheimrat Goethe's wedding with Christiane Vulpius and of my own confirmation Exaudi 1978.
Unfortunately the organ built 1721 on the gallery (converted to pneumatic key action in 1947 as far as I know) does
not work since ages anymore. Also there is not a single pipe left inside. The case is nowadays used as a cupboard!
My first complete service took place here in May 2014 as I was asked to do the music for the golden wedding
anniversary of my parents. (Several times since Dec. 2008)
Schifferkirche Ahrenshoop The "old" Organ (1961 - 2013)  (I/-/5)
A small Schuke organ under a thatched roof. Just one manual but a really gentle and smooth sound. (Sept. 2009, Sept. 2010)
The organ was donated to the church of Mescherin (Uckermark); 68 years without any organ ended there in 2013.
Schifferkirche Ahrenshoop The "invisible" Wegscheider Organ  (I/P/12)
You would think about an electronic organ but it isn't: all pipes are hidden (no prospective pipes are visible).
But the sound is quite nice. Playing this pretty organ the organist hears what the folk is hearing. (Oct. 2013)
Fischerkirche Born (I/P/5)
I was asked if I would like to ring the bell in advance of the service. (Sept. 2012)
Magdeburger Dom St. Mauritius und Katharina (IV/P/93)
Part of my aunt's "cultural program" celebrating her birthday. We all were together on the balcony (reached by
elevator). So, I have no idea what the organist feels if the folk is as far away as it seems to be. But the construction
of the organ is great: in particular the canopy which protects the organist from direct sound irradiation. Damn!
I've forgotten the story about the "Goldene Hahn". (October 2011)
Michaelskirche Ottobrunn (Munich)
Again, practising in advance of a party: RdL's 78th birthday. The church itself is of the same age
as the Versöhnungskirche in Wolfenbüttel but more than double sized. Great acoustics. (August 2010)
Kirche Epfenbach
Practising in advance of the 60th anniversary party of an uncle of my father, the "Herschwert vun Epfelbach".
A really well-kept church and an exceptional powerful organ. Strange: the fixed organ bench. (August 2008)
Kirche Logabirum
The prospectus of this "baroque" organ with knucklebone keys, dated 1998, is based on the very first organ
of the church from the 18th century. (April 2007)
Kapelle "Der Heilige Lorenz" Schmilau
Situated in the quaint "Lauenburgischer Naturpark" where my daughter and her girl-friend were horse-riding. (April 2006)
Klosterkirche Wöltingerode
Three days in conclave for project management exercise. I believe the 2nd manual is not often in use. (June 2012)
Practising abroad during vacations, business trips or trainings
Templo Ecumenico de San Salvado, Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria / Spain
Asked the organist after holy mass for playing. Did some parts of Pachelbels Chaconne F minor without notes.
New experience: playing the pedal board with sandals. (April 2011)
St Michael and All Angels', Lydbury North, UK
An exciting english training week in Shropshire AND an organ dated 1924 with pneumatic key action! (October 2007)
I explained on the Presentation Day how an organ works. My first concert was given to the teachers and other students.
The Church of the Resurrection, Farlington, UK
My first organ with electric key action.
After service I was locked in and the Reverend released me a couple of hours later. (so done several times in 2007)
St Saviour, Stamshaw, UK
Amazing, I met the priest of St Alban & St Saviour who was living in Wolfenbüttel for about 3 years. (several times in 2007)
Šv. Mato Bažnyčia, Rokiškis, LT
I was suprised by an unexpected invitation to play - and - the first trial went badly wrong! I only can promise working hard,
playing without notes, enlarging my repertoire etc. What shall I say? Labai ačiū! Viskas bus tvarkoj. (Oct. 2009)
Parish Church of Saint Osmund, Derby, UK
Next door to Catalis Rail Training School, where I spent two weeks for rail training. (June 2005)
Braunschweig churches
Practising during the "D-Kurs kompakt" I attend a number of times. Next step should be the "D exam"; but by when?
In the † marked churches the respective seminar closure service took place.
(July 2006, July 2008, June 2009, June 2010, July 2011, July 2012 - to be continued)
St. Katharinen † (III/P/53) St. Bartholomäus † (II/P/25) St. Martini † (III/P/45) St. Michaelis (II/P/14)
St. Magni (III/P/35) St. Petri (III/P/34) St. Pauli (III/P/39)
St. Matthäus (II/P/20)
former "Garnison-Kirche"
St. Johannis (III/P/38)
Powerful.
St. Ulrici-Brüdern (III/P/40)
Nice back division.
St. Andreas (II/P/30)
the "Alte Waage" in front

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St. Jürgen, Ölper (II/P/21)
This was the highlight 2012.
Rolf and Ilse only know why.
St. Thomas, Heidberg (II/P/20)
Pretty nice console.
     
Organists get-together
In the most cases an Organist is sitting on the bench alone. As I thought that I'm not alone in this regard I asked
the Landeskirchenmusikdirektor if it would be of help having a get-together for freelance organists.
We started end of February 2013 in the Versöhnungskirche in Wolfenbüttel.
Versöhnungskirche Wolfenbüttel
February 2013
Christuskirche Braunschweig
August 2013
St. Trinitatis Wolfenbüttel
March 2014
St. Jürgen Ölper
October 2014