These days one must think also of choirmistress.   Where a choir exists, its leader is clearly a key figure in the life and worship of the church.   Ideally the choirmaster will have a deep personal Christian faith, a good musical training and a sympathy with a wide range of musical taste.   He will need to know the hymn book used in his church from cover to cover, so that, working with the incumbent, he can bring out a rich variety of hymns relevant to the Sunday themes and make sure none are overused.

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