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Eliza



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 4:27 am    Post subject: Anglican musical policy Reply with quote

hello,
I am a student and I am looking for books or documents on Anglican musical policy, in specific stating what is and is not acceptable for service. If anyone can help me in any way I would appreciate it.
Thank you,
Eliza
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drjad



Joined: 23 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is very little specified in terms of policy. I've set out, below, that which I believe to be the case.

The authority, in the Church of England, for musical conduct of services rests (unless it has recently altered) in Canon B.20 of Church Law, which stipulates that the incumbent has the absolute right and responsibility for the good conduct of music in services.

At first sight, this appears to give the incumbent carte blanche to override any considerations by musicians. However, I believe the Canon also requires the incumbent to take heed of advice from suitably qualified lay persons (for example, musicians) in deciding what is appropriate. The Canon also allows, of course, the incumbent to delegate any or all of the tasks of deciding on musical provision to others, for example, a Director of Music.
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marknw



Joined: 15 Dec 2005
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Location: Northumberland

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: canons of the c of e Reply with quote

you can download the canons, if you want to look up b20, from http://www.cofe.anglican.org/about/churchlawlegis/canons/index.html.
canons b9 (requiring morning and evening prayer to be said or sung) and b42 (specifying the use of english, or latin in certain limited places) are perhaps marginally relevant too.
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diapason8



Joined: 31 Mar 2006
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Location: West Somerset, UK

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Eliza,

I've just found and joined this site, so this is my first response.

The above replies correctly give the strict legal position, but, in practice, each church has their own 'policy'. Any incumbent who insists on his legal rights isn't likely to keep his organist for too long!

Many incumbents - mine included - choose the hymns, but the organist usually chooses the tunes and and other music sung by the choir. In many churches the hymns are chosen jointly by the incumbent and the organist, or by a worship committee. In my last parish, I chose everything myself and submitted the lists to the Rector for his approval. He changed anything that he didn't want or that didn't fit with what he wanted on a particular Sunday. I also plan special choral services and, again, the Rector has the final say.

Looking at what I've written, it sounds a very one-sided arrangement, but in practice, it works fairly well. And, in the current situation, the organist has plenty of other churches to choose from if a particular incumbent is 'difficult'. As the late Prof. Gordon Reynolds wrote, I think in 'Full Swell', '....'to each Organist is allotted The Ultimate Irritant' - with apologies to the members of the Clergy on the forum!.

Hope this is helpful.

Nigel
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diapason8



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just spotted that the original post in this thread was in 2003! I suspect that Eliza has long since given up hope of receiving as response.

Nigel
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