We Sang It Our Way: Confessions from a Choir Vestry

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Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, 2001 - Music - 212 pages
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For all who enjoy, or perhaps endure, the best efforts of a local church choir, flr'e Sang It Our Way is a hilarious peek behind the scenes at the peculiar world of draughty vestries, musty-smelling hymn books, wheezing organs and black cassocks so old that they arc turning green. Inspired by over fifty years of singing with his local church choir, Reginald Frary has entertained countless readers with his delightful stories of over-ambitious music directors (and how to deal with them), new vicars full of reforming zeal (and how to deal with them), the choir of six that gallantly attempts The Halklitiab Chorus. the constant tension between progressives and traditionalists and the problems of having dry rot in the organ loft and no piano in the practice hall. Full of keen wit and observation, humorous incident and recognizable eccentrics, We Sang!! Our Way is a book to give pleasure over and over again.
 

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Contents

Preferably a Philistine
1
The Eye of the Beholder
10
A Minor Problem
19
The Disintegrating Choir
25
The Choir Goes West
34
Take a Pew
41
Its Great
51
Where Am I?
57
The Poachers
110
The Spearhead
119
Charlie Robinson
129
Grumbling is Good for You
136
No Progress Report
145
Democracy and All That
154
Mud
162
Sack the Lot
169

The Organization
68
Just Call Me Butch
75
In Passing
84
Onward Christian Soldier
93
They Love Us Really
100
Not to be Taken Away
174
Too Much of a Good Thing
182
Progress Report
193
Bongo and the Beauty
202
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