UPDATE on Project Psalms

I received the following update from Project Psalms:

Dear All,

We just wanted to let you know that by the grace of God we are back in the studio in Brisbane, QLD, Australia and are now working our way through recording the Psalter.

The project was delayed due to lack of funding, but by the grace of God we have managed to get back on track and continue recording. So far, Psalm 1 up to Psalm 31 in their entirety (every verse/stanza accounted for) have been recorded.

We hope to get up to Psalm 60 with our current funds and are continually looking for more funding to complete the project.

The budget for the project was re-visited and has been restructured and was managed to work to reduce the overall estimated costs. Our initial budget estimate was >$27,000.00, however if we can do most of the CD duplication and production of the package in-house in smaller quantities, the budget cost can reduce to <$15,000.00. Now, given that we already have almost $3,000.00 in donations, we only require another $12,000.00 to meet the budget.

But instead of taking pre-orders at $94.00 AUD per pre-order, we think it is much easier to acquire 12 donors for $1,000.00 each on the basis of them receiving one copy of the package each. Now these donors can be congregations, a group of people, or other funding institutions (such as the Scottish heritage groups etc.), or even individuals. Of course the 12 donors, would not receive 10 copies of the package, but rather only 1 copy each, but given there will be NO copyright on the recordings or materials, they would be free to distribute the material as they wish.

Some of the management team in the project will cover the production costs for the 12 donors’ packages.

Once the project is completed, we will actually put the MP3’s for free online along with soft-version files of the text and booklets, however if someone wants the complete production package, then we will need to at least charge cost price for production and postage & handling.

If you can think of any congregation/denomination or other donor sources who would consider donating $1,000.00 to this cause it will be very beneficial, however we do understand it is still hard to acquire that much funding from one entity.

You can visit http://www.projectpsalms.com/Pledging.html for more information regarding the new budget plan and feel free to forward this email on.

In Christ,

Joel Scot

Project Psalms


Worthy to be Praised – Psalmody CDs

From the website Sing the Psalms

Sing the Psalms with Worthy to be Praised

“In this site we wish to share with you our enthusiasm for Psalm Singing and to tell you about the Worthy to be Praised  series of Psalmody CDs.  While many beautiful Psalmody CDs exist, these are unique, having one disc for listening and one disc of expert teaching to get you singing too.

The discs, which have a distinctively Scottish flavour, are attractively produced and make ideal gifts.  With appeal to all ages, they have been used successfully in home education and in Church Psalmody Classes for both children and adults.

To browse the tracks or to purchase, please visit our Web Store.

There are currently 7 volumes, each containing 2 CDs.

Disc 1 is a collection of Psalm portions sung A Cappella – unaccompanied in four part harmony – by a small group including professional musicians.  Listen to some  samples below.

Disc 2 provides a unique opportunity for learning to sing the parts – soprano, alto, tenor or bass – for the tunes on Disc 1.

The lyrics are all from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalms, which can be obtained by clicking on this link.

From Volume 4 onwards, Disc 1 also contains two extra tracks with Scottish Gaelic Psalm Singing and one track of children’s voices.

The Worthy to be Praised CDs are produced by the Psalmody Committee of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing).  All proceeds from sales on this website will be transferred to the church to cover the costs of production and finance future recordings.”