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Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama

Higher Ground, Realworld

Album: Blue Murder

No One Stands Alone, Topic

Priests hold services but no one's there

Anglican clerics must still go through the liturgy - with or without a congregation

THE INFORMATION on `Hymns'

What Is It?

Religion: Jesus was a punk

These young Americans believe in the Father, the Son and the spirit of Sid Vicious. Photographs by Serge JF Levy.

Millennium prize winner derides `sickening hype'

ORGANISERS OF the St Paul's Cathedral hymn for the millennium competition were probably thrilled when they heard their winner was the aptly named Hilary Jolly. Yesterday, at the prize-giving, their joy must have seemed a little premature as she lambasted all aspects of the celebrations.

People and Business: No PFI input

ALAN MILBURN, the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury, made his first keynote speech in the job yesterday after taking over responsibility for the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) from the former paymaster-general, Geoffrey Robinson.

Letter: Jesus the surveyor

Sir: Whether Jesus was a carpenter or a chartered surveyor we shall probably never know (Column One, 28 November), but the latter view would give a whole new meaning to the immortal hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross".

Musical walk into the past

The Pilgrim's Progress - Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and performed by The Royal Opera. Barbican Hall, Tonight

Jump up, shout and scream

A hip new generation of gospel acts is packing out British venues. Geoff Brown gets on his good foot and gets down for Jesus

Gospel to jazz up the Proms

The London Adventist Chorale prepares for a concert to be given on Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall, the first time a whole Prom has been devoted to gospel music.
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