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Do we really need musicians to help our congregations to sing?

There have been many responses to an article written by Mike Raiter from Australia about the death of congregational singing1.

Music Richard Simpkin

Some of these writers have pointed the finger at the singability of contemporary songs. One of those fingers was mine. Others have mentioned the lack of skilled musicians. Recently there have been some who have questioned the need for musicians at all. Here are some quotes from some who responded: