Choir Invisible, The

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Ian Hislop finds out why women - excluded from much of Victorian society - wrote so many famous hymns.|From August 2003.|Ian Hislop finds out why Victorian women wrote so many famous hymns.|The hymns from the Victorian age are distinctive, memorable and eminently hum-able.|But they have something else in common - the vast majority of them were written by women.|In an era when women were excluded from many parts of society, hymnody became a preserve of creative, devout and often very colourful women.|Ian Hislop goes to church to decode the lives and the works of these remarkable but historically invisible ladies of song.