Annual Conference 2017

18th – 21st July 2017
University of Wales
Trinity St David
Carmarthen Campus
SA31 3EP


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For your information

Our 2017 three day Conference, continuing to celebrate our 80th Anniversary, is taking place at the University of Wales Trinity St David Carmarthen Campus by kind invitation of The Welsh Hymn Society as they mark the Tercentenary of the birth of William Williams of Pantycelyn. Carmarthen is readily accessible by train followed by a short taxi ride. There is good parking for cars. Our member, Nicholas Markwell, has offered personal guidance on Public Transport options for those who would be helpful.
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Conference

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. Our Chaplain this year is Revd Vincent Canning. The Festival of Hymns is in Christ Church Carmarthen, the parish church of the University. The commentator will be Rhidian Griffiths, President of the Welsh Hymn Society.

Conference Speakers include

Wyn James: William Williams of Pantycelyn and the evolution of the Welsh Hymn
Anne Harrison: “Go forth and tell!”
The Jubilate Group from Youth Praise to RESOUND Worship
Gordon Giles and Huw Williams: Introducing the Revised English Hymnal
Paul Inwood: New light on the life and hymns of James Quinn
Janet Wootton et al: Hymns and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 1517
It is also hoped to include lectures on Erik Routley (1917-1982) and Welsh hymn tunes.

There will be a Short Metre session, Sectionals include a Workshop by Ruthie Thomas, the Life and Hymns of Caryl Micklem and Hymns about Healing. There will also be an Outing to include the home of William Williams and hopefully a short piano recital.

Cost

The cost for residents will be £260.00 and for day-visitors for the entire conference £160.00, or charged pro-rata according to length of stay and events on each particular day (see form). Accommodation for additional nights either side of the conference is available: Bed and Breakfast £35.00 per person. Dinner (at 7:30 pm) is an additional £10.00. When booking, please state your requirements clearly.

Bursaries

A limited number of bursaries are available for those who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to attend. The Secretary can provide further information regarding applications for bursaries, which must be made by 31st March.

Booking

To register, please send a deposit of £60.00 by 30th April. You must pay the balance by 31st May. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Hymn Society’.

Send your completed booking form and cheque to:
Mr Gordon Taylor
100 Cotelands
CROYDON CR0 5UF

Phone: 020 8681 6895
Email: gordontaylor100 [at] btinternet.com

Full details are now as follows:

There will be 7 lectures covering a wide range of themes:
Wyn James: William Williams of Pantycelyn and the evolution of the Welsh Hymn
Anne Harrison: “Go forth and tell!” The Jubilate Group from Youth Praise to ResoundWorship
Gordon Giles and Huw Williams: Introducing the Revised English Hymnal
Paul Inwood: New light on the life and hymns of James Quinn
Janet Wootton, Martin Leckebusch, Alan Gaunt: Hymns and the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation in 1517
David Thompson: The Life, Hymns and Hymn Tunes of Erik Routley (1917 – 1982)
Rhidian Griffiths: Folk roots of Welsh hymn-tunes

In addition there will be some 30 minute Sectionals including: ‘Hymns and healing, a new hymn collection’ by Andrew Pratt and Jan Berry; ‘Looking for a Voice, a hymnological Autobiography by Caryl Micklem and Alison Micklem’ presented by Alison Micklem; ‘You Can’t Keep a Good Song down’ presented by Ruthie Thomas.

Short Metre: Any member of the Society attending Conference who would like to be considered for a Short Metre (maximum 10 minutes) should please contact the Secretary as soon as possible.

An outing visiting William Williams of Pantycelyn’s home is included. Also, a Festival of Hymns in Christ Church, Carmarthen presented by Rhidian Griffiths with organist, Huw Williams – and much more!

You can download a PDF booking form here.