08 May 2006

Does it do 'Glory of Love'?

A UK company, seeing a gap in the market for automatic church service music to replace the dwindling numbers of church organists, has produced a karaoke machine called Hymnal Plus.

The 15th century St Mary the Virgin church in Mudford, near Yeovil in Somerset, was one of the first customers. The parish does have an organist, Christine Whitby, but she is in her 80s and sometimes wants a week off.

"It's not about putting organists out of business. It's about giving churches an alternative. I spoke to one church organist from Gloucestershire recently who had been playing the organ for 50 years and was sick to death of it. This takes the pressure off people like that"

Guardian, 27 April 2006

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