Monday, 8 January 2018

Rapid Response on New Year's Day

On New Year’s Day an organist was due to play for a service in northwest London at noon. At 9.36 a.m. he was a broken-down train outside Hastings, with little prospect of getting to his destination in time. So he sent an SOS to DepList from his mobile phone. Twenty minutes later he’d found a substitute able to deputise for him. He reported later that it was a very good organist too, well able to cope with the unusual liturgical demands of the church in question.


When DepList was launched back in 2000, mobile phones were by no means ubiquitous, and they certainly couldn’t send and receive emails — unless you owned a Blackberry. The concept of emailing from a train belonged to the remote future. DepList was a way of quickly contacting lots of people without having to telephone them individually, but you had to be sitting at a computer screen at home or at work to do this. Jobs took days or at best hours to fill, not minutes. In those early days, many members did not own a mobile phone and relied on landlines, answering machines and PC-based emails. Since then, advances in technology have worked very much in DepList’s favour without us having to do very much. DepList is far more useful now than when it first started. And it’s stories like this one that make it worth the effort of keeping DepList alive and relevant.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Associate Member Advertising

Our advert placing facilities for associate members have moved over to our Wordpress system, which we use for our non-nember advertising forms. This means that in future, all associate members will have to log in to our Members' Area before they can place an advertisement. The old forms will be disabled and the common password will no longer work. Each member will be able to create their own password to log in to the system.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Changes to DepList site

JotForm, the outfit that we have used for some years to create our contact forms, advertising forms, and all manner of other forms, has restructured its pricing plans recently. It is US-based, and it has imposed the kinds of charges that have become prohibitive for a non-commercial organisation like ours, what with Brexit and the falling value of the pound. We can continue to use JotForm for our existing contact forms, but we can no longer create new forms or receive more than 10 paid adverts per month without incurring high charges. Clearly, we need to change the way we do things! So just as we recently moved our servers from America back to Britain, where hosting is half the price, we're now going over to a Wordpress-based system for our forms. They don't look as pretty, they're a lot more trouble to create, and they don't have as many facilities as JotForm's forms, but at least we won't have to raise our advertising fees for the time being, even though we will no longer be offering free trial adverts for first-time users, as from today. After 16 years, I don't think DepList has to establish its credentials, and I reckon most people in the business have heard of us now so there is no need to make as much effort to get our name out there and attract sceptical customers. Your bookmarks will need updating as and when we replace our old forms with new ones. So far, all of our advertising forms have been replaced except those for Associate Members, which will stay as they are until such time as JotForm increases its restrictions yet further.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Beauty of the Human Voice

Elisabeth Meister was for several years a DepList member during the early part of her career. Hear her on the beauty of the human voice. (You will need to sit through an advert before the video starts.)


Sunday, 29 November 2015

Let's break our records

November saw 36 jobs advertised on DepList. That's more than one per day. Let's break our December records this Advent. We have more than enough members to go around, so any visitors to this site looking for well qualified and experienced singers, organists, pianists, conductors and choral directors, try placing an advert. If it's your first time of using DepList, there's no charge. If you've used us before, it only costs £2.00 and you'll have your money back if you don't fill the job.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Give Me News Please

One year since my last post. We need news. The reason I've not been posting articles is that my leisure time is much more limited these days, and definitely not that DepList is less busy than it was. Quite the reverse in fact. Last month alone saw 52 job adverts pass through, including a couple for Christmas Midnight Mass. A day without a job being advertised through DepList is a rarity indeed, and as Christmas approaches we will be busier than ever.

But we need news. Preferably good news. With images, videos or music. If there's something relevant that you think may interest our members, please use one of our Feedback or Contact buttons. And if you're a Member and you're featured in a gorgeous new choral video on YouTube, please tell me about it. If it's any good, I'll post it here.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

David Trendell, RIP

I was shocked to learn of the recent death of David Trendell, one of DepList's long-standing members. Here is a notice from St Mary's Bourne Street. There are also obituaries in the Telegraph and the Guardian. He was known as an academic and a choral director, but when I first knew him in the early 1990s, it was his wonderful voice that impressed me most. He sang intuitively with, as far as I knew, little voice training and certainly no practice. He had no wish to make a career as singer, yet possessed the kind of voice that many budding opera singers would give anything to have. Looking back through my emails, I found this one from me to him in 2010, which summed up those impressions:

Dear David,

While casting around the Internet for some pleasant music to relieve the tedium of a particularly long spell-checking job on the computer, I stumbled across your contribution to a programme about Rachmaninov's Vespers on "Listen Again". It reminded me of the days when you would stagger into Our Lady of Victories, late, the morning after a very good night out. Your voice would always sound at its best on such occasions: really gravelly and sonorous. I used to comment that if you put your mind to it, you could have been the best Russian bass since Boris Christoff. A pleasure to hear your speaking voice on the radio. Let me know when you're next on the air.