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Happy Verger

Happy Verger

We have been livestreaming for more than 6 months now, and this was our second week with a congregation back in the church, the first with our new projection screens. We still have to add our new computer for the onscreen and projector feeds (this week was just fed off my laptop- we’re still waiting for a part that should come on Tuesday), but I have to say that I am really quite proud of what we’ve achieved!

The guys at DNR have done a fantastic job with the upgrades to the sound system (I am really happy with the way I’ve got the organ, piano, violin, and vocals sounding, both in the church and online) and the new cameras, projectors and streaming system. And the clergy and our new music director have embraced the new set-up and are finding ways to make interesting use of it. And lets not forget all that fantastic training at Wood Norton all those years ago- I’m constantly amazed at how much I remember and how easily it all comes back when I need to tackle some new technical challenge. Thanks Auntie!

Church AV

Church AV


They stayed late to finish installing and setting up the new church video screens, and they look awesome!
I can’t get over how well they blend in with the building, and when they’re retracted they almost disappear πŸ™‚
More and better pictures to follow….

That was fast!

That was fast!

So they are well under way with the demolition of the Undercroft, this is what it looked like at the end of the day yesterday-

This morning I was just having my second cup of coffee when there was an almighty rumble… and when I ran to look half of the remaining ceiling had peeled off in huge sections-

Thank goodness no-one was underneath it when it came down- that old plaster is heavy!

It’s all got to come down, but I don’t think they expected it to go quite this fast πŸ˜‰

It’s a whole new world!

It’s a whole new world!

So I finally got my hands on the new AV system in the church today- it’s not completely finished, but it’s together enough for us to use it to livestream our service this Sunday πŸ™‚

They started showing me how it worked at about 11 this morning, and the AV techs went home at 3, and I’ve been playing on my own since then (with a break for a couple of slices of pizza) and I’ve just come home now at just before 10 with my head spinning!

The sound system part is the most complicated for me- there’s no sound board! The whole mixer is in the rack and it’s all controlled with a computer and an iPad- crazy! As I said to Jackie, it’s like you were driving the car you’re used to and someone just handed you the keys to the space shuttle and said, “off you go” with a couple of hours training!

But thank God for the training the BBC gave me all those years ago (wow- my training course was in 1987- 33 years ago!), they obviously knew what they were doing coz after not too long it actually started to make sense πŸ™‚ And thankfully Evi came at about 8 to practice on the organ and then it really started to click! And the ability to sit actually in the pews with the iPad and wirelessly control the whole sound system is worth the price of admission and then some!!!

I have another few hours of training in the morning, and we’ll see if I can get my head fully around the video side of things then, but I am now confident I will be able to make it work on Sunday- which is a lot more than I thought I would be saying at about 3 this afternoon πŸ˜‰

Bluejay way

Bluejay way

So Walter outdid himself this afternoon. I was sitting having a late sandwich in front of my computer when I heard a raucous cry from the living room… I went in there to find both dogs and the cat looking up at the full-sized Bluejay that was perched on the picture rail.

I’m sorry there are no pictures of it in the house- I was rather more concerned with getting a net over it before it sprayed the room with birdshit and feathers- but here it is getting its freedom outside in the parking lot before it flew off …

OK, Walter, we get it- you are a mighty hunter! We don’t need any more demonstrations!