Hymns of Peace

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Hymns of Peace 2018.

Jubilate have announced a new hymn competition in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day:

November 2018 will mark 100 years since Armistice Day and the end of the First World War, Jubilate are launching a national competition, ‘Hymns of Peace’, to find a new hymn of peace for the churches to sing at Remembrance services and throughout this centenary year. The competition is open to all UK hymn writers, published or unpublished, as we seek the very best hymn. Entries will be judged anonymously. We’re looking for both standalone hymn texts (which will be set to a new or existing tune) and complete hymns.

The Competition will open on 26 Jan 2018

The closing date for entries will be 8 April 2018.​

There can be a blurred line between a ‘hymn’ and a ‘worship song’. We intuitively know what both are, but can think of many exceptions that cross the boundaries, so we’re not imposing stylistic musical boundaries here. For the purposes of this competition, ‘hymn’ should be understood to mean a congregationally singable song with lyrical substance, a metrical scheme and a clear harmonic structure. Thematically it will be Christian in content, on a theme of peace and appropriate for Remembrance services. The finer details are up to you!

The winning hymn will be published and widely publicised by Jubilate. It will be sung in both York Minster and St Paul’s Cathedral at their centenary services.

The winning hymn will also be recorded and released as a single. It will be sung by celebrated baritone, Jonathan Veira, produced by Mark Edwards and feature members of the All Souls Orchestra, conducted by Noël Tredinnick.

Other hymns achieving the ‘highly commended’ mark may also be considered for publication by Jubilate.

For more details please see the Jubilate web page and for the Rules of the competition, please see here.