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On Eagles' Wings

Peter Clark

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This is, in my opinion, one of the very best contemporary hymns but it is not without its problems. When I learned a few days ago that I was having to play it at a funeral yesterday, I cautioned against it becuase I do not think it works as a congregational hymn. The only way to get the best out of it is to treat it like a responsorial psalm, with a solo canotor singing the verses and the congregation joining in the refrain. Yesterday's rendering of it was pretty disastrous. The priest belted it out through a microphone which was turned up far too loud. The congregation were all at sea. With the organ in the west gallery, and the priest at the front and the people in the middle it is an acoustical nightmare to begin with but when such a difficult piece as On Eagles' Wings on the menu there is little hope for any of us!


Have others had this or similar problems?



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