Raising musicians' game

02 November 2006


March 9th, 1906.

WE LEARN that it is proposed to form an association called the Church Music Society, for the purpose of raising the level of the music used in worship. The Church possesses large stores of fine compositions which are inaccessible, or of too costly a nature to be largely used. One of the objects of the Society, therefore, will be to reprint in a cheap form anthems, motets, and services . It will exist also to provide a classified list of good compositions; to supply the best obtainable advice on the selection or performance, and to encourage by means of lectures an interest in our musical inheritance. The Society will be independent of all parties and schools, aiming solely at the cultivation of the best Church music of all periods. For the modest sum of five shillings any Churchman can belong to the Society, and a free list is open to organists, precentors, choirmasters, beneficed priests, and all who are actively engaged in the practice of Church music. We need hardly say that our best wishes go with the Society. Musically, our Church worship is on a deplorably low level, and any agency that aims at raising it has our heartiest support. We advise those who wish to learn more about the Society to attend the meeting in Church House, on Tuesday, the 20th, tickets for which will be sent on application to either of the acting Secretaries, Miss E. C. Gregory, Deanery, St Paul's, E.C., and the Lady Mary Forbes-Trefusis, 68, Chester-square, S. W.

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