This has become an increasingly hot topic among musicians, composers,
publishers and writers. Copyright is their only legal means of ensuring
that their livelihoods are protected from illegal copying of their
work. By buying the music, a choir has the right to perform that
music before a non-paying audience (such as you might find at a
wedding). Most original musical works are protected by copyright
for a minimum period of 70 years after the composer's death, and
the publishers will often go to great lengths to enforce this. If
you are having an order of service printed, the printers may require
you to get permission from the copyright holder before they will
reproduce the verses from some hymns. This is the reason why the
verses from such hymns are not published on this site. Those that
are published here are either out of copyright or are published
with the kind permission of the copyright holders. If you wish to
reproduce these verses in your order of service, you should contact
the person or organisation shown for permission.
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Always make sure that you inform the priest or vicar about all
the plans you are making and be sure that everyone is clear as to
what has been agreed.
There was one occasion where the bride had asked for the theme
from "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves" to be played as she
walked in expecting the Bryan Adams hit "Everything I do".
On the day the organist confidently struck up the chords of "Robin
Hood, Robin Hood, Riding through the Glen"!
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