There’s an old joke:
What’s the difference between an organist and a terrorist?
You can negotiate with a terrorist.
It seems that organists are not always happy with their clergy. And there was me thinking it was always the organists’ fault! The Times reports today the publication of a new book for Church Organists, Everything Else an Organist Should Know, which gives advice on what to do when relationships with the vicar become strained.
Too many clergy use organists as â€œhuman jukeboxesâ€, demand impossible working hours and refuse to bow to their superior musical knowledge when it comes to choosing hymns, according to a study this week.
Although there are at least 30,000 qualified organists in the country there is a chronic shortage in Britainâ€™s churches because increasing numbers are refusing to work with difficult and demanding clergy.
Sounds like it should be compulsory reading for clergy and musicians alike. It might well help to see things from the other’s perspective.