The employment of organists

I note a landmark ruling on the status of church organists as employees, and thus attracting full employment rights (Times 20th Feb and subsequent letters). From some of the reporting of this, one might form a picture of the Church of England of being at best incompetent and other-worldly, and at worst, exploitative of its organists over the years. It’s worth noting that, whilst the matter of employment has always been between organist and incumbent locally, the bishops and the Royal School of Church Music have been advising from at least the 1940s that a written agreement ought to be arrived at the beginning, particularly in the pamphlet, Organists in Churches.

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