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Congregational singing: music helps

23 September 2009


From the Revd John H. Moore

Sir, — There is an important factor not mentioned in Jane Bentley’s excellent article on improving congregational singing (Comment, 11 September), especially when unfamiliar music is attempted: usually, the congregation will not be able to see the musical notation.

There seems to be a general view that reading music is such an esoteric art that there is no point in providing notation. If hymnals and song books complete with music are too expensive to provide for the entire gathering, it would be good to make some available for those who can use them. This is rarely done.

When those who can read music have access to at least the melody line, their confident singing, scat­tered among the others, helps to produce a much better result.

19 Hall Drive, Gotham
Nottingham NG11 0JT

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