Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The relationship between music committees and publishers is just a bit too close

An excellent piece by Damian Thompson appears today in which he reports on article that is not online by Joseph Cullen, the director of the London Symphony Chorus. He quotes Cullen: "There is a glaring lack of sympathy for the heritage which should be the bedrock of worthy sacred music in today’s Church and it is hard to discern any attention to the 1967 instruction Musicam Sacram, the Instruction on Music in the Liturgy."

Cullen draws attention to a relationship between music committees and publishers who extract copyright fees - a relationship that would be regarded as corrupt in any other field.