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Uniting churches in song

Most independently released CDs don’t sell more than 500 copies, but the Ballarat Uniting Churches have almost doubled that with the sale of an album they made for churches without choirs.

United in Song II is the work of singers from Uniting Churches in the Ballarat area who wanted to produce a resource for use in regional and remote churches that may not have a music ministry.

This project is the second CD released by the group after a strong response to the first CD in 2006.

Project convener Ann Pryor said enthusiasm for the first recording was high, consequently encouraging the work to continue.

“The response was so great that we decided to do another one last year. We have continued to include some older hymns in the mix and now we are about to embark on a third one,” she said.

“The production of the CDs started in response to our concern locally that we would like to assist small congregations in drought stricken areas of Victoria many of which have no organist.”

Ms Pryor said they also hoped to promote Together in Song as well as challenge congregations to learn some of the newer songs and hymns.

To date nearly 900 copies of the CDs have been sold throughout Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

United in Song II features 31 tracks including ‘Tell out my soul’, ‘Amazing grace’, ‘Come as you are’ and many more.

It is sung just as an enthusiastic congregation would sing.

The group does not claim to be a choir but sing with fervour and are accompanied by an organ and trumpet.

The passion for this project is as obvious when speaking with Ms Pryor as it is when listening to the music.

To order phone Ann Pryor at (03) 5341 3397 or click here to email. $15 includes postage and packaging