docmattc wrote:The standard of singing is difficult to judge because it cannot be accurately quantified. Judgement of how well a congregation sings differs from person to person. The baseline is in a different place for all of us, depending on our experience and expectations.
As I posted here some years ago. I would have said that the congregation in my former place sang well. In comparison to other Catholic Churches I would still stand by that. However, one evening we hosted a well attended ecumenical service, and the standard of the congregational singing was in a totally different league. I could actually accompany the singing. I suspect that if I had gently closed the swell box and faded out, they congregation would have just carried on. If I did that on a Sunday morning, the congregation would fade out first.
I would totally support that judgement from my own experience in my own church. It's due to the different cultural and religious traditions, as I mentioned before. For Free Churches especially, the expected participation is the hymn-singing, whereas for many people who attend Mass in Catholic churches vocal participation of any kind does not enjoy the same priority (says I carefully ).