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Ruth’s article in the September Diary August 26, 2021

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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Amongst the many industries damaged by the Coronavirus pandemic is the music industry.  As concert halls and theatres closed down thousands were left without a reliable income, and travel restrictions still affect musicians. Many of us like to listen to music as we work, as we exercise, and as we relax; and with ever more means of accessing recorded music we can enjoy the highest standards where we want and when we want. But for live music it has been a tough time for both amateur and professional.  In our local area, the Reed choir were unable to practise for months at a time, the carol services were pre-recorded and our churches could only sing outside at Christmas and then not again until Easter. We have been cautious about singing and have sung outside each Sunday but we hope that singing will have confidently returned this Autumn. As well as singing we have celebrated with Reed the success of their organ marathon raising money for a new organ.

Music has played a key part in worship in many different faiths. From the Shofar, the ram’s horn, sounded at the Jewish festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, to the sacred chanting of Buddhism. In the Christian tradition music has often played a central part from the pure sound of treble voices to the gutsy West Gallery music of Thomas Hardy.

In the Bible- music accompanied worship in the temple, celebrated the victories of battle and soothed the troubled King Saul. Music can speak to the soul and give voice to our deepest emotions. A favourite reading at weddings speaks of the return of singing after the winter,

for now the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone.
 The flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
    is heard in our land.    The Song of Solomon

If you would like to sing or can play an instrument at harvest or at Christmas at any of our churches, regularly or occasionally, please do let me know and I will put you in touch with those who coordinate our music.

Ruth

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