Most music journalists seem nervous about covering organ recitals - they seem to feel that organ music is a specialist interest only. Like most musicians, they don't know much about the technical operation of the instrument or about its repertoire. So until the local symphony orchestra features an organ concerto, it's safe to ignore the instrument entirely. After all, our concerts are easy to ignore - most of them are poorly promoted, advertised only through the church community, and take place at unusual times. I've been very pleased, therefore, to read Ross's writing on organ performances, which is unusually plentiful and often extremely perceptive. After interviewing James Kennerly, the recently-installed organist of St. Mary the Virgin, Ross sums his work up as follows:
There are many other similarly gifted musicians at churches around the city; they exemplify a fairly large population for whom musical life is not a pursuit of international fame but almost a kind of grassroots activism, with aesthetic rather than political transformation as the goal.