Your basket
Your basket
0 items - £0.00

Personal tools

Home News Singing Out 30,000 Times

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Singing Out 30,000 Times

by Michael Ford last modified 05 Jun, 2020 02:33 PM

A choir of young singers has been heard by an audience of 10,000s in spite of the lockdown, thanks to a new livestreaming service run by the Church of England.

Church of England parishes have downloaded hymns around 30,000 times from music provided by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London over the past month as part of a service provided through the A Church Near You (ACNY) Resource Hub website.

The 3 most popular hymns downloaded so far are 'Great is Thy Faithfulness', 'The Lord is My Shepherd', and 'We Have a Gospel to Proclaim'.

A selection of up to 5 pieces of music recorded by the 10 members of the choir – who form a training programme for aspiring professional singers – has been made available every Thursday evening through the website for use in online services. The music is recorded by each choir member in their own home and then edited together.

The music is chosen in collaboration with the Royal School of Church Music, to suit the church season and the theme of each Sunday’s readings.

Clergy and church leaders have been livestreaming services since the start of the lockdown but up until the downloads became available they were limited in their choice of music because of copyright reasons.

Under the scheme, Church of England churches download the music through ACNY rights-free when they hold a CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) licence, with the ‘streaming’ addition.

Dr Matthew Salisbury, National Liturgy and Worship Adviser for the Church of England, said:

“I am hugely grateful to the Choral Scholars for all their work to help the Church of England parishes provide online worship to our communities across the country during the pandemic. The sheer number of downloads is an indication of how much this service is valued.”

Document Actions