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Celebrating 80 years of the Society.
 

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The Hymn Society of great Britain and Ireland 80th anniversary logo

As a celebration of our 80th anniversary we have published a further ten articles from our Bulletin archives to make up 80 Treasures from the past 80 years of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Treasure No 80

An Article from Bulletin 281, Autumn 2014, Treasure No 80: Finding the Right Voice – Glimpses of Poetic Imagery in the Hymn Tune by Joan Thackray
Available to read or download here.

Treasure No 79

An Article from Bulletin 276, Summer 2013, Treasure No 79 Coda by Ian Sharp is a light-hearted look at hymns and worship songs.
Available to read or download here.

Treasure No 78

An Article from Bulletin 271, April 2012, Treasure 78 looks at Developments in the Near Future: Hymnals in England, by Brian Castle. Available to read or download here.

Treasure No 77

An Article from Bulletin 267, April 2011, Treasure 77 looks at Canticles Old and New, by Anne Harrison. Available to read or download here.

Treasure No 76

An article from Bulletin 262, January 2010, Treasure 76 looks at Producing 5,842 hymns by Bert Tosh and is available to read or download here.

Treasure No 75

An Article from Bulletin 258, October 2008, Treasure 75 looks at ‘The Price of Sin’ by Leslie Ivory and is available to read or download here.

Treasure No 74

An article from Bulletin 256, July 2008, Treasure 74 looking at Geoffrey Beaumont and the 20th Century Church Light Music Group, is available to read or download here.

Treasure No 73

From the Bulletin of March 2007, Treasure 73, a book review of Gillian Warson’s biography on Fred Kaan by Alan Gaunt is now available to read or download.
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Treasure No 72

From 2006, What are we Saying by Singing by Rowan Williams, Treasure 72, is now available to read or download.
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Treasure No 71

From 2005, Peace and War in Hymns by David Wright, Treasure 71, is now available to read or download.
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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.




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.

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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…

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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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