Annual Conference 2017

Conference begins on Tuesday 18th July with Registration from 2:00 pm and tea at 3:00 pm. It concludes with lunch on Friday 21st July. Accommodation is all en-suite with single and a few twin-bedded rooms available. The Conference Pack, including the Conference Programme, a list of those attending, and other papers, will be sent out at the end if June. …

Secretary’s Newsletter 71 Winter 2017

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. Hitherto, the opportunity to nominate and vote for members of our Executive Committee has taken place at our Annual Conference and has therefore been limited to those attending Conference. Under the new arrangements agreed at our St Andrews AGM last year the procedure has changed to afford …

John Crothers News

Executive Committee member, John Crothers, on French radio, recording the annual programme that introduces French-speaking listeners to English-language Christmas hymns and carols. The programme, ‘Magazine anglican’, is beamed to the US and Canada via the Episcopal network, as well as to Francophone countries around the world, including much of Africa. It can be listened in to on Christmas Eve at …

New look website launched

We have just launched our new look website that incorporates our Facebook and Twitter feeds (see panel on the right) to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. As you will see, there are sections for the Secretary’s Newsletters, the past Treasures from the Bulletin and Short Guides that can be printed out …

Secretary’s Newsletter 70 Autumn 2016

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. 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 …

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 …

Secretary’s Newsletter 69 Summer 2016

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here. The third aim of The Hymn Society is ‘Encouraging the discerning use of hymns and songs in worship’. Sunday Morning Worship a few weeks’ ago (19th June) came from the chapel of St John’s College, Durham. The Revd Professor David Wilkinson was speaking about the interface and …

Short Guide No 26: Myths about Hymns

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here Here are half a dozen ideas about hymnody which may – or may not – contain a grain of truth … as seen by a self-confessed hymn lover. Or maybe not … Beginning in what came to be called the “hymn explosion” in the 1960’s, huge numbers …

Short Guide No 25: Ordination and Commissioning Hymns

If you wish to print this out please open the PDF file here Ordinations and commissioning services happen in a variety of contexts, and are a cause of great celebration and spiritual power. Liturgies and traditions notwith-standing, the singing of hymns on these occasions plays a crucial role, and their selection is, therefore, not to be undertaken lightly. Approaches taken …