Gone are the days when every parish church had a choir of boys and men to lead the worship.   Many still do, but many do not.   The parish church choir of today will, almost certainly, include girls and women; many cathedral choirs include girls, but many remain a final stronghold of the all-male choir.   There is a feeling that choirs can, sadly, begin to exist for their own musical reasons and have a life separate from the real worship of the church; this clearly is unhealthy.   Much will depend on the choirmaster and his own Christian conviction, and on the relationship between choirmaster and incumbent.

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