My guest this week is Richard Swan. Richard grew up Catholic, became an Anglican and then moved on to Pentecostalism. He was a worship leader and an active member of the Christian music scene including touring as Graham Kendrick‘s choir director.
He began to notice that regardless of his person life the people responded in worship under his leadership. This began his questioning which eventually led to his deconversion.
It seemed to be working and I didn’t like the fact that it was working because it didn’t make sense to me.
Post-deconversion, Richard is now the director of London City Voices, a non-religious community choir.
London City Voices is so much more than your average London choir… We are a community, a group of friends, an increasingly-large group of drinking buddies… and we are also a dynamic non-religious, non-audition community London choir.
Richard has figured out how to use his passion for music to build a secular community. In our conversation, we talk about the power of music to bring people together, how it can be manipulated and what it takes to be a community builder.
Church can give us a little window on [ the human response to music]. If it’s linked to your belief system it can have an even bigger impact. Or not because maybe your a humanist and you just bloody love music and that is no less of an experience.
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“Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats