Geoffrey Beaumont’s ‘Folk Mass’

A splendid article by Arnold Hunt in this week’s Church Times on the fiftieth anniversary of a BBC TV broadcast of this piece. It is very revealing about both the planning of and the reaction to the broadcast, using sources in the BBC Archives.
I am bound to add that there is more material on the background to reactions to the Mass, and its ongoing notoriety amongst sections of the musical and church-musical press, in Ian’s and my article in Studies in Church History 42 (2006) pp.429-41, and also in our piece in Redefining Christian Britain (particularly pp.52-54).

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