The Church of England has announced that the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP has been reappointed by the Crown to serve as the Second Church Estates Commissioner for the next Parliament. Continue reading
Does Canon B 20 reflect current patterns of music in the Church of England?
The new and updated Parish Music: organists and choirmasters and church musicians, (“the Opinion”) was added to the Church of England’s Document Library on 4 April 2017 together with legal advice on other issues. This was covered in our two-part analysis: Parish Music Guidance: Ministers and organists and Parish Music Guidance: employment issues, the latter prompting a comment on the relevance to churches where there is no organist or choir. Whilst it is clear that both Canon B 20 and the Opinion encompass organists and “all musicians in similar positions” [though clearly not “all musicians”], in practice their application to “church music groups” is not necessarily straightforward. Continue reading