Keynes College

Annual Conference 2019 – Canterbury

The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Conference – Canterbury

Our 2019 two-day Conference will be held on the Keynes College Campus of the University of Kent, on the edge of Canterbury, looking down towards the City and its Cathedral. There is ample parking for cars. The nearest train station is Canterbury where taxis are available. The campus is also readily accessible by bus.

Our member, Nicholas Markwell’s personal guidance on Public Transport options is again available: Please contact the Secretary on our contact page to be put in touch with Nicholas.


Conference begins Tuesday 23rd July (Registration from 2.00 pm) and concludes with lunch Thursday 25th July. Accommodation is single with a few twin rooms available; all are en-suite.
The Conference Pack, including the Conference Programme, a list of those attending, and other papers, will be sent out early July. Our Chaplain will be Revd Adam Carlill.

Canterbury Cathedral western cryptThe Festival of Hymns will be in Canterbury Cathedral’s Western Crypt: Commentator, Janet Wotton; Organist, John A. W. Webber; Conductor, John Bell.
The Crypt dates back to the 11th century and is the oldest part of the Cathedral. Its architectural style is very different from the rest of the Cathedral. Round arches, beautiful carved capital and decorated columns are typical of Romanesque (Norman) architecture.

Conference Speakers include

John Bell: Whatever Happened to Jesus in the Church’s Song?
Carl Daw: What Would Watts Do 300 Years Later? Embarking on a New Psalter
Christopher Gray: Reconstructing the inception of Nine Lessons with Carols which first took place at Truro Cathedral in 1880
Nicholas Markwell: The Bicentenary of the birth of James Ellor (1819-1899) and the tune ‘Diadem’
Gillian Warson: Gathering rushes and playing the meadows: singing All Things Bright and Beautiful today

There will be three Sectionals (30 minutes) and a Short Metre Session (10 minutes each participant). If you would like to be considered for a contribution to Short Metre please contact the Secretary.


The cost for residents is £240.00. Non-Members will be charged £260.00 but receive 12 months membership of the Society. The cost for day-visitors for the full conference is £146.00, charged pro-rata according to length of stay and events on each day (see back page of form). Accommodation for additional nights either side of the conference is available: Bed and Breakfast £46.00 per person. Dinner on Monday night is an additional £10.50. Those staying Thursday night may purchase dinner for themselves in the dining room. 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, should 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 31st 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
Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 9JY

Phone: 01789 268 423