Back in September 2018 Gavin contacted us about wanting a suitable page turner pedal for use at the organ. Unfortunately, there was really nothing available off-the-shelf. He was willing to do a bit of soldering and carpentry so I suggested the AirTurn BT200 was a suitable “donor” pedal for his project. Gavin has been busy and this post, written by him, explains the project. Gavin started working life as a BBC Sound Engineer then after 20yrs changed tack to be a music teacher. Now retired early. He has played the organ since he was 11 and got his ABRSM performance diploma in 2013.
This is his story…
I was introduced to the delights and of Power Music Professional last year during a masterclass with my organ teacher – Kevin Bowyer.
No more having to worry about turning paper pages. No more having to photocopy page turns, sellotaping four or five sides of A4 together and hoping the console music stand would be wide enough. No need to worry about whether someone would open a door yards away in a draughty church and a gust of wind would blow your score back several pages, and (most disastrous of all!) no worrying about reaching up to do a quick critical page turn during a performance only to overdo it slightly and have the whole lot fall forward onto the keys, into your lap and down onto the pedals. Not to mention worrying about a page turner who’d promised to be there but didn’t show up.
No more piles of heavy hymnbooks or armfuls of music. I play in at least 8 different churches and each one has its own hymn book. With this system I could scan and download all the hymn books and have them available on one screen rather than wrestling with heavy books.
As the display was a screen and backlit there would be no issues with regard to the music stand lighting on the console. I’ve often found such lighting is poor and sometimes there actually isn’t a specific light for the music – you have to rely on the ambient lighting in the church which is never satisfactory.
I bought the programme and installed it on my newly-purchased touch-screen laptop.