Warbling sopranos, bellowing basses, someone in the back row at least a line ahead of everyone else, fusty robes, intransigent organists and temperamental clergy - welcome to the world of the local church choir. There is no better observer of the volatile relations between the clergy, the choir, the organist and the congregation than Reg Frary who has seen it all in over seventy years' first hand experience of sitting in the choir stalls Sunday by Sunday and at weddings, funerals, carol services, festivals and other occasions.
Reg Frary sang in his local church choir in Richmond for over seventy years and wrote comic stories based on his experiences for almost as long. He worked as a proof reader for a major law firm in the City of London and was at one point the City's oldest employee. He died in 2011.