He, too, had been a professor of canon law at Oxford, was a chaplain to the Pope and precentor of the cathedral church of Exeter.
And I'm no' the precentor; I'm no' the man, ye ken, that lifts the tune.
"Dearly beloved brethren," began the precentor, pleading, impersonal.
The most uncanny thing about the kirk was the precentor's box beneath the pulpit.
Between the hymns Mr. Barnes (the precentor) stood three pews behind us.
I think it was the music, or the painted windows, or the precentor.
Since then the precentor's box had preserved its lonely splendour.
It occurs in Chapter cxv., Of the precentor and his assistant.
The eight minor canons received £34 a year, the precentor £14.
Directly the precentor begins, silence falls upon them once more.