Singers not Sinners

The year is 1701. Elias Hall, the choir master at St. Mary’s Parish church, Oldham has disbanded his discordant choir and needs to urgently replace them in time for the Easter service.

His quest brings him in contact with angelic voices from across the parish, but unfortunately for Elias, the voices belong to women, and women are banned from singing in church. Elias’ determination brings him in conflict with key figures in the parish as he and his new choir risk everything to change the course of history and have women, for the very first time, raise their voices in song during church services.

“We are not beasts, to be stricken dumb – we are singers, not sinners – who can lift up our voices to God!”

By Livi Michael and Carol Davies

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