The art of (mis)tuning 16th Sept. & Guided tour around a pipe organ 23rd Sept. by Commodore Champion

Hyderabad Western Music Foundation takes the pleasure of presenting two exclusive talks cum demo by Commodore TMJ Champion, VSM (Retd)

1) The Art of (mis)tuning

Venue: Alliance Française, Aurora Colony, Banj.hills (lane next to Q-mart) Date: Saturday 16th Sept. at 5.30pm Most of us, having acoustic pianos at home must have been getting it tuned periodically but never realized the intricate skill that is essential to artfully 'mistune' it from our "perceived nice-sounding" intervals. Entry free. All are welcome. Please register at

2) Guided tour around a Pipe Organ - the King of Instruments

Venue: The Church of St John the Baptist, located at the T-junction of SP Road, branching off to Secunderabad station to the right and East Marredpally to the left

Date: Saturday, 23rd Sept. at 5.30pm

The event would be start with a power point presentation followed by a walk-around the pipe organ structure and demo-playing by Commodore TMJ Champion, the Organist and Choir Director of the church. Few pupils who have qualified in Graded Organ Exam from the ABRSM will also play that day. Commodore Champion is a retired senior naval officer and a freelance Music Teacher. He plays the pipe organ at St John's Church on Sundays and he has been a regular speaker and active participant at the HWMF events. He says that his endeavour would be to "simplify these two complex topics for the music-loving audience of our twin cities.” Due to space constraints around the organ console in the church, those of you keen to attend this event would need to register with the HWMF for this before 20th Sept. 2017. Free will offering may be made towards the upkeep of this 109 year old pipe organ. More info:, Ph 9912201659


    Feedback of Parvathy Krishnan:

    The Pipe Organ Experience: Thanks to Joe Koster & Commodore Champion, it was a glorious 2 hours spent in St John’s Church on Saturday evening. Commodore Champion gave the group of music enthusiasts the back story of the 109 year old Pipe Organ and of other Pipe Organs in different countries.

    Loved the simple, yet effective manner in which he brought out the differences between a Pipe Organ & Harmonium and then gave us loads of details on the various parts of the Pipe Organ, ...which for me looked like a building in itself! Was super fun getting to know that the Pipe Organ has actually 3 Keyboards with one at the feet!! And the bellow – what a humungous piece of work it is – reminded me of my Machinery workshop in my Engineering college! Though a tad tricky climbing the 1 foot wide staircase to see the pipes in the next level at close quarters, I would not have missed it for anything! The Pipe Organ is such a great engineering marvel.

    The best part of the whole session was , of course, the beautiful rendition of some pieces by Commodore Champion himself and his two students, Akshaydeep Adams & Joshua Verender. One could close the eyes & just get lost in the music.