Um, what? Not while they're playing, I hope?
Apparently, across the pond, where the above headline is not disturbing, there's a new book out: Everything Else an Organist Should Know.
This book is just in time, because I've always wondered what to do when the liturgy is disrupted by drunken protesters. The authors of this text offer a solution:
If a service is stopped by hecklers, protesters or drunks, the organist should drown out the disturbance by playing at full volume, choosing a hymn that everyone can join in, until the vicar has his church back under control.
Gledhill, Ruth. Have you heard the one about the vicar and the organist? Times (London) 22 September 2005.
Makes perfect sense to me!
Tangent: In this country, the hymns "that everyone can join in" would have to be either "Silent Night" (probably too soft for "full volume") or "Jesus Christ is Risen Today." So it's probably best to have a contingency plan for every liturgy. See that number in red on the hymn board? That's the emergency hymn.
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