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.