Religion: Drowned Choir

Many a small church has to put up with the cacophony of an unskilled choir. From England last week came news of how Rev. V. B. Yearsley, vicar of Benenden in Kent, rigged up a phonograph with a volume control under his lectern, obtained a number of records of pieces which he instructed his unskilled choir to sing. Vicar Yearsley reported: "When my choir sings badly, I drown them by turning up the volume of a gramophone record—perhaps of Westminster Choir."


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