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.

Rhidian Griffiths’ photos

Llanfair-ar-y-bryn Church and Williams of Pantycelyn memorial

Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to include a visit the Williams’ memorial, so Rhidian Griffiths has kindly provided photos of  his grave at Llanfair-ar-y-bryn on the outskirts of Llandovery. Please click on the images to open in a larger size.

Photo Gallery of the Conference

A collection of photos…

Photos taken during the course of the 2017 Carmarthen Conference by John Crothers, Andrew Pratt and Gordon Giles. Please click on the images to open in a larger size.