Keith and Kristyn Getty recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Keith and Kristyn Getty are long-time members of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. We rejoice with them at this signal honour. Up to 100 million people worldwide sing Keith Getty’s hymns in church services each year – and today that extraordinary accomplishment is recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The world-renowned Lisburn-born composer has been awarded an …

“Lift Up a Living Nation”: Community and Nation, Socialism and Religion in The English Hymnal, 1906

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780038.2017.1290995 The lead editors of The English Hymnal (1906), Percy Dearmer and Ralph Vaughan Williams, found Victorian hymnody in need of serious revision, and not just aesthetically. This musical book was intended as an expression of the editors’ Christian socialist politics involving in the participation of the congregation. This article examines how they achieved this by the encouragement of active …

Singing Welcome

The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is pleased to announce the release of Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants, a collection of 46 hymns and songs available for free download from The Hymn Society’s website www.thehymnsociety.org/singingwelcome. For nearly 100 years, the work of The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada …

Hymns for Hope and Healing

The outcome of a fruitful collaboration of theologians, writers and musicians working at the retreat and therapeutic centre of Holy Rood House in Yorkshire, this new collection articulates the needs of a contemporary ministry of healing through the agency of hymns, the church’s most resonant and expressive form of worship. Hymns of Hope and Healing is the product of many …