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The Hymn Society of
Great Britain and Ireland

...encouraging study and research in Hymnody; promoting good standards of hymn-singing; encouraging the discerning use of hymns and songs in worship; sponsoring relevant publications.

A Carol for Christmas by Ruthie Thomas.

As the Advent and Christmas approaches, it is always good to have the opportunity to share new music, either sung as a solo or by the congregation. This Christmas Carol, written by Ruthie Thomas one Christmas morning, is entitled ‘Heaven’s Joy’.

You can download a PDF of the music and words here.

You may download and print this carol for local church use only provided that you hold a current CCL licence and include full details of any use in your returns to CCL. If you do not hold a CCL licence, or you wish to use the song for any other purpose, you need to contact Stainer & Bell Ltd in advance for permission.

Hymn Society Conference 2018

Our Annual Conference next year will be another three-day occasion from Tuesday, July 24th - Friday, July 27th 2018. The venue will be the delightful setting of Bishop Burton College. It is a pleasantly situated land-based college offering courses as diverse as agriculture, floristry, equine, art and design, and engineering! Located just outside the town of Beverley with its minster, York is also not too distant. Please reserve the dates now!

Delegates from our 2017 Conference in Carmarthen

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What is The Hymn Society?

It is a diverse group of people, all sharing an interest in hymns. There are about 450 individual members (and over 50 subscribing libraries and other institutions). Some have a special interest in words and/or music, there are hymn writers, composers, hymn book editors; many members are responsible for the choice of hymns in worship, others are hymn enthusiasts or simply enjoy singing hymns.


Short Guides

A number of brief papers on different aspects of hymnody which may be of interest and use to anyone with a love of hymns

The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland

For anyone who enjoys, sings, plays, chooses, introduces, studies, teaches or writes hymns…

Go to the Short Guides

80 Treasures

A carefully selected collection of Treasured articles from the past 80 years of the Hymn Society of Great Britain & Ireland's Bulletins

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