Annual Conference 2017 – Carmarthen

All the latest from the Conference…


18th – 21st July 2017

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

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: Short presentations by any member of the Society attending Conference lasting a maximum of 10 minutes.

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!



  • Greetings from the 2017 Conference in Carmarthen


    Greetings from the Conference of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada to the Conference of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

  • Hymn singing at the Hymn Society 2017 Conference in Carmarthen


    Singing Cwm Rhondda at the house of William Williams of Pantycelin.


  • Rhiddian Griffiths speaking on Folk Roots of Welsh HymnodyRhiddian Griffiths speaking on Folk Roots of Welsh Hymnody


    And here are pictures of the Canadian conference playing our greeting to them!We sent our video greetings to the HSUSC Conference meeting in Canada. They sent these pictures of them showing the videos to the delegates back to us.


    And here are pictures of the Canadian conference playing our greeting to them! And of Ian Sharp sending our best wishes!And here are pictures of the Canadian conference playing our greeting to them! And of Ian Sharp sending our best wishes!


    Ruthie Thomas with Nicholas and Mandy of Stainer & BellRuthie Thomas with Nicholas and Mandy of Stainer & Bell having a selfie moment at the Conference where she introduced her latest songbook You Can’t Keep A Good Song Down in one of the 30 minute Sectionals.


    Group shot holding Hymns of Hope & HealingLovely group shot at The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland conference in Carmarthen, celebrating the new Hymns of Hope & Healing book. Available at the Stainer and Bell website https://stainer.co.uk/shop/b954/

  • Anne Harrison speaking about the history of the Jubilate Music Group at Conference in CarmarthenAnne Harrison speaking about the history of the Jubilate Music Group at Conference in Carmarthen


    Paul Inwood introducing the new volume of complete works of James Quinn SJ: Hymns for all SeasonsPaul Inwood introducing the new volume of complete works of James Quinn SJ: Hymns for all Seasons


    Martin Leckebusch talking about Luther and Hymnody in this anniversary yearMartin Leckebusch talking about Luther and Hymnody in this anniversary year


    Wyn Jones talking about William Williams PantycelynWyn Jones talking about William Williams Pantycelyn


  • Alan Gaunt introducing David ThompsonAlan Gaunt introducing David Thompson lecturing on the great Erik Routley


    Alan Gaunt speaking on #Luther in this anniversary yearAlan Gaunt speaking on Luther in this anniversary year


    Janet Wooton talking about Luther and HymnodyJanet Wooton talking about Luther and Hymnody


    Hymn Society Conference, Carmarthen, recorder consortHymn Society Conference, Carmarthen, recorder consort


    Gordon Giles and Huw Williams introducing the Revised English HymnalGordon Giles and Huw Williams introducing the Revised English Hymnal


    Hymn Society Conference 2017, CarmarthenHymn Society Conference 2017, Carmarthen