That's a good suggestion and is what I was thinking to say. First, I would compliment the choir on their talent and then talk about how I would love to hear them sing some older hymns. Good idea Marian!
Yeah sandwhich it. Tell them there are some beautiful old arrangements around or just simply done..
Then compliment something they did today.
How's this sound, seriously:
'You have such beautiful voices! Have you ever considered hymns like Holy God We Praise Thy Name? You're all very talented.'
The good thing here is that I am sincere in all of the above.
It is good. But they won't hear the middle comment if you don't pause and wait for them to answer. I would add "Many of us miss some of those types of hymns and woudl like to see them integrated back into the pick of songs again! What do you think of this idea? Is it crazy?..." (Said to the music director...) watch and see...the reaction.. I can't make any promistes. Treat it like a request instead of a compliant!!!