LETTER: Out of tune with the Catholic Church

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From Mr Iain P. Toms Sir: Like Tony Scotland, I welcome the resurgence of interest in Gregorian chant. However, there are two other aspects which I would commend to readers.

The first is that it is also sung by women, who add another dimension to its quality and spirituality. I would commend some of the excellent recordings made by the Benedictine nuns of St Cecilia's Abbey at Rye.

The second is that records and CDs are a poor substitute for the real thing. Unlike most other music, hearing the chant live is free, and there are still monasteries in the UK and France where it can be listened to. After that, I am afraid that CDs and Classic FM might never be the same again.

Yours sincerely, IAN P. TOMS Langley Berkshire 29 December

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