A helping hand for the village organist

St Kentigern, Crosthwaite  / photo David Dixon Many of those tackling the hymns on a Sunday morning in village churches do not see themselves as "proper" organists, and are very aware of their own lack of expertise on the instrument. "The reluctant organist is a church musician born of our times, recruited to play because no one else is available," says the introduction to Janette Cooper's handbook The Reluctant Organist.*  These words were written in 1976, and not a lot has changed since then. The RCO wants to help the isolated parish organist gain confidence in…

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