Also reminds me of the story of a wedding couple who wanted to come out to the theme from Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (Everything I do, I do it for you), only to have the organist get it spectacularly wrong and play the old Robin Hood theme ('Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Riding through the glen' etc. etc.) > Church organists behaving badly > By Suzanne Leigh > BBC News Online > > A touch of irreverence is creeping into the Sunday service with snatches > of secular tunes tucked into the gospels. > > According to messages on Christian website www.shipoffools.com organists > are livening up proceedings with tunes such as the theme from Blackadder. > > Tony Robinson and Rowan Atkinson > Do thine ears deceive you or is that the tune from Blackadder? > There are also hints of congregations colluding - one net contributor > tells how the organist would be handed a sealed envelope with a tune to > include. > > The site's co-editor Stephen Goddard stressed: "It's just a bit of fun." > > "It's partly boredom, but church organists are also very, very bright > highly trained people." > > The tunes - reported to range from the EastEnders theme to Dambusters at > a Remembrance Day service - are usually disguised and intended to amuse > only those in the know. > > Matthew Redman, 35, a regular organist at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, > was inspired by Monty Python to pay homage with the song Every Sp*rm is > Sacred before Evensong. > > In-joke > > The director of music at Bristol's Colston's Girls' School said: "I'd > spent the previous evening watching The Meaning of Life with the choir. > Nobody noticed except those who had watched the video." > > "The whole point about it is that it's an in-joke for the organist and > choristers." > > Weddings are the prime occasions for a little irreverence. > > It would have been too much to ask of Mr Redman as the congregation > waited for a (very late) bride to arrive not to break into "Get me to > the Church on time". > > Organists are also keen to bow to requests. > > Playing for a friend's wedding, Mr Redman treated the congregation to > Variations Sur La Viper Noir - or the theme from Blackadder. > > Postman Pat > Postman Pat - would you notice him in church? > > Much to Thomas Breeze's dismay (or relief) his efforts at St Arvan's > church in Chepstow often go unnoticed. > > This may be just as well since he confesses to including everything from > Frosty the Snowman at Christmas to Postman Pat's theme and Mary had a > Little Lamb. > > "Nobody ever notices," the 24-year-old opines. "And sometimes I do think > that nobody appreciates my art. But it's partly because they're not > listening and also there is quite a lot of opportunity to disguise > something." > > But what about the clergy? > > Ship of Fools' co-editor Stephen Goddard says he has yet to notice a > backlash. > > "I have a very understanding vicar," Mr Breeze understandably adds. > > Stories from the UK suggest an innocent sense of humour within the church. > > "Swing low" > > However, a contributor from the US recounts a worrying example of the > funeral of a heavy drinker where the organist broke into a rendition of > "Roll Out the Barrell". > > More recent examples from Down Under tell of St Peter's church in > Melbourne the day after the Rugby World Cup final. > > "There's an enemy in the house," boomed the vicar in the pulpit, after > the English organist merrily played his way through Swing Low Sweet > Chariot.