Monday, February 15, 2010

Cash-strapped choir keeps things hymning

From Kentucky-

Members of the choir at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Lexington started singing hymns Friday night.

They sang for three hours Friday. And they sang for 12 hours Saturday.

By the time the Hymn-athon resumed at 3 p.m. Sunday, the choir members had sung almost 500 hymns. And they planned to push their total to about 780 before finally quitting sometime Sunday night.

There was a method to all this musical madness. The marathon was to help raise money for St. Michael's choir to travel to New York City, where it will sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on April 25. The choir has 25 members, about 20 of whom will be making the trip.
"It's a great honor to be invited to sing at the cathedral, but these kinds of trips are not cheap. So we have to raise some money," said music director Ruth Witt.

Choir members recruited donors from within and outside the church, each of whom pledged at least a penny for each song sung during the Hymn-athon. Some people pledged more than that, Witt said.

Singers involved in the Hymn-athon ranged in age from 10 to 70.

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