Secretary’s Newsletter 71 Winter 2017

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 this opportunity to all members. With this mailing you will find enclosed a …

Secretary’s Newsletter 70 Autumn 2016

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

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 interaction between science and faith in an academic environment. Back from walking the …

Secretary’s Newsletter 68 Spring 2016

Bookings are coming in well for this year’s Conference which is being held from Tuesday, 26th July to Thursday, 28th July 2016. Although the deadline given in the Application Form leaflet is 30th April we can still accept bookings, so please do not hesitate to apply. We have an excellent and varied line-up of six lecturers, plus the ever popular …

Secretary’s Newsletter 67 Winter 2016

This year’s Conference is being held from Tuesday, 26th July to Thursday, 28th July 2016. The international flavour of last year’s Conference is to some extent being sustained with lecture contributions from South Africa, USA, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as from England. You will find more details in the enclosed booking form. Although we will be located in …

Secretary’s Newsletter 66 Autumn 2015

On behalf of everyone who attended this year’s spectacularly successful International Conference in Cambridge we would like to thank all those who helped to make it such a memorable and inspiring occasion. We cannot mention each person by name, but in particular we wish to express our deep appreciation to Robert and Jenny Canham and to Michael Garland. They gave …

Secretary’s Newsletter 65 Summer 2015

The International Conference is now little more than days away. A few facts and figures: about 170 people are coming with 46 people from the Inter-nationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie (IAH), 42 from The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (HSUSC), and 83 of our own members; a pleasing array from 17 different nations. Some are members of more …

Secretary’s Newsletter 64 Spring 2015

We are delighted to report an encouraging response to our Cambridge International Conference. We anticipate over 150 attendees from the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and Scandinavia, the United States and Canada, Taiwan, South Africa and Japan. The response to the presentation of Sectional Papers has been enthusiastic. At present we anticipate 18 papers, have a reserve list, and are exploring …

Secretary’s Newsletter 63 Winter 2015

The application form for our Cambridge Conference was circulated with our Bulletin mailing last November and a further copy is enclosed with this mailing. Bookings are already coming in. If you are one of our ‘regulars’ do please come if you possibly can. If you have not been to one of our Conferences before, this would be an excellent opportunity …

Secretary’s Newsletter 62 Autumn 2014

The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, at its AGM at Cirencester, was delighted and honoured to welcome the Revd Canon Alan Luff as an Honorary Vice-President of the Society in recognition of his considerable contribution to hymnody and, particularly, for his tireless work on behalf of the Society over many years. Alan has been a member of The …