Covid-19: Churches and Places of Worship - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:29 pm on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Glenarthur Lord Glenarthur Conservative 12:29 pm, 9th July 2020

My Lords, I declare an interest as listed in the register, as chairman of the trustees of the Royal College of Organists. Does my noble friend the Minister agree that, at least in our cathedrals and larger parish churches, the financial stability of churches includes the financial stability of their musicians? Organists are at last now able to play their instruments, but recitals cannot be given, thus denying funds for the churches and fees for the organists —and singing in church is not allowed. Can my noble friend tell the House what progress is being made on research into viral transmission through singing? If this is not swiftly resolved, Britain’s great choral tradition is in considerable peril.