Annual Conference 2018 – Bishop Burton College

Conference Bishop Burton College

The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Conference – Bishop Burton College

Our Annual Conference this year will be another three-day occasion from Tuesday, July 24th – Friday, July 27th 2018. The venue will be the delightful setting of Bishop Burton College. It is a pleasantly situated land-based college offering courses as diverse as agriculture, floristry, equine, art and design, and engineering! Located just outside the town of Beverley with its minster, York is also not too distant. Booking form is available here.

Bishop Burton College
York Road
Bishop Burton
HU17 8QG

Information about the Conference

Our 2018 three day Conference will be held in the delightful setting of Bishop Burton College. Located just outside the town of Beverley it is a pleasantly situated land-based college offering courses as diverse as agriculture, floristry, equine, art and design, and engineering! There is good parking for cars. The nearest train station is Beverley where taxis are available. York is not too distant and a bus ride from near the train station takes just over an hour. Our member, Nicholas Markwell’s personal guidance on Public Transport options is again available: Email address:


Conference begins on Tuesday 24th July (Registration from 2.00 pm). It concludes with lunch on Friday 27th July. Accommodation is single rooms only but all en-suite. The Conference Pack, including the Conference Programme, a list of those attending, and other papers, will be sent out early July. Our Chaplains this year are Gordon and Hazel Taylor. The Festival of Hymns is in St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Cherry Burton. The commentator will be Martin Leckebusch, organist, Nicholas Page and Conductor, Ian Sharp. There will be an outing to Beverley Minster.

Conference Speakers include

Christine Purcell: Faith of our fathers: 200 years of hymns at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw
John Barnard: Hymn Texts and Tunes: marriages made in heaven?
Anne Harrison: Hymnody and the Great War
Dick Watson: Cecil Frances Alexander and John Mason Neale: bicentenaiy reflections
Louise Counsell and Sue Gilmurray: Words and tunes: how do they mix and match?
Robin Knowles-Wallace: “My life flows on”: A multidimensional study of this song and its history
There will be a Short Metre (10 mins) and Sectionals (30 mins). If you would like to be considered for either of these please contact the Secretary’. The Outing to Beverley Minster is on Thursday; indicate on the Booking Form if you would like the additional Organ tour.


The cost for residents will be £270.00. Non-Members will be charged £290.00 but receive 12 months membership of the Society. The cost for Day-Visitors for the entire conference is £170.00, or charged pro-rata according to length of stay and events on each particular day (see back page of form;. Accommodation for additional nights either side of the conference is available: Bed and Breakfast £50.00 per person. Dinner is an additional £15.00. When booking, please state all your requirements clearly.


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.


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

Send your completed booking form and cheque to:
Revd Graham Spicer
26 Toll Gate Close
CV37 9JY
Phone: 01789 268 423

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