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precentor

(prēsĕn`tər) [Lat.,=one who sings first], the director of the music of a cathedral or a monastic church and also a cantorcantor
[Lat.,=singer], a singer or chanter, especially one who performs the solo chants of a church service. The office of cantor, at first an honorary one, originated in the Jewish synagogues, in which from early times it was the custom to appoint a lay member to represent the
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precentor

1. a cleric who directs the choral services in a cathedral
2. a person who leads a congregation or choir in the sung parts of church services
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precentor in his duobus locis in chirotecis et annulis cure baculo debet ballare, et non plus per annum." Quoted by Jacques Chailley, "Un nouveau document sur la danse," Acta Musicologiea Acta Musicologica 21 (1949): 18-24, esp.
However, Lewis-Anthony, Rector of Saint Stephen's Church in Canterbury and former Precentor of Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford, found Bosch's Christ Mocked (Crowning with Thorns) to be an element of his healing as well as a telling evaluation of the political, scientific, psychological and devotional world of early modern Europe and our own time.
It is even possible that Berceo's recasting of the doomed pretender to Ildefonsus's see as a precentor stultorum or "bishop of fools" was informed by the thirteenth-century reforms of Innocent III and Gregory IX seeking to curb Decembrian abuses.
The course is led by Rev Canon Alan Luff, a former Precentor at Westminster Abbey, and will run weekly at City United Reformed Church in Windsor Place, central Cardiff.
The name means simply an assistant to the Precentor, being responsible to the Dean.
The learning of new hymns, especially those led by a precentor, would have provided a context where sections were constantly repeated ad nauseum.
It will be conducted by Canon Tony Bundock, Rector of Leeds, helped by the Rev Joanna Yates, Precentor of Leeds Parish Church.
In the Temple, the Priests and the Levites intoned the liturgy, but in ordinary assemblies of worship, a "precentor" or "baal tephillah," a learned member of the community, would lead the prayers.
It was designed for the parish church at Yattendon in Berkshire, where Bridges appointed himself precentor. It contained a hundred hymns, mainly translations, from both the Latin/Greek tradition and the German.
I find this extremely dubious both on musical grounds and because the shape-note singing tradition was established in the deep South, and never in the Appalachian mountains, where hymn singing was largely 'Primitive Baptist'--highly decorated, led by a precentor, monophonic, identical in every aspect but language to the Gaelic psalm singing of the Hebrides.
Joseph Reid, Scots farmer, Sunday school superintendent and precentor at Reid's Church "on the Concession Road" begat eight children, including three Presbyterian ministers: Andrew, Allan, and William Dunn Reid--who was Stanford's father.