Our 80th Anniversary Radio Broadcast

Our 80th Anniversary Radio Broadcast

Extract from the first entry in the Minute Book of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland: ‘A Conference of those interested in the Study of Hymnody was held in Room A of Westminster Central Hall on Monday October 5th 1936 to consider the question of forming a Society for that purpose…Rev. Canon G. W. Briggs, Worcester, was called to the Chair…The matter of title was discussed, and it was suggested that a suitable one would be The Hymn Society, with a subtitle – for promoting the study of Church Praise, or Hymnology, Hymnody, or Christian Song; but it was agreed that the final decision on this point should be left with the Executive Committee when appointed…

The Radio 4 Daily Service to be broadcast on Wednesday, October 5th at 9.45 am will celebrate, on the actual date of its inception, the 80th anniversary of the founding of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 1936. The presenter will be the Revd Dr Janet Wootton, Executive President-Elect of The Hymn Society. The hymns to be sung are: ‘Christ is the world’s true light’ by George Wallace Briggs, a prime-mover in the founding of the Society and one of its first Joint Chairmen and Timothy Dudley-Smith’s ‘Lord for the years’, in honour of his 90th birthday later this year. The anthem will be the winner of the hymn competition for the Society’s 75th anniversary, ‘When Miriam’s daughters rise and sing’, by Janet Wootton. There will be prayers based on material by Andrew Pratt and Gordon Giles. The service may be found on Radio 4 Longwave and DAB, not FM, and can also be accessed through the website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wzfs