Annual Conference 2022

 26th July – 29th July 2022

Cartmel College
Lancaster University
Alexandra Park Drive

Our 2022 three-day Conference has been relocated to Lancaster University. This is because the Leyland Preston Hotel closed without notice, it appears at the behest of the Government. Car access is via Jct 33 on the M6 and there is ample parking. Rail links to Lancaster are excellent and the university, just south of the city, may be reached by bus or taxi from the train station. Our member, Nicholas Markwell’s personal guidance on Public Transport options is available: Email address:


Conference is from Tues. 26th July (Arrive from 2.00 pm) to lunchtime Fri. 29th July. Most rooms, all en-suite, involve a short flight of stairs. The Conference Pack with the Programme, list of attendees, and other info., will be sent out early July. Our Chaplain will be Revd Dr Graham Deans. The Festival of Hymns, is in Blackburn Cathedral: Commentator, Gordon Giles; Organist, John Kitchen; Conductor, Sue Gilmurray.

Conference Speakers include

Ally Barrett: Hymns for our Contemporary World
Gordon W. Bell: The Hymnody Project: Where’s that Hymn? and The Anthology of Christian Hymns
June Boyce-Tillman: Earthing the hymn – Hymnody and ecotheology
James Dickinson: The impact and importance of James Montgomery
Michael Tavinor: Ralph Vaughan Williams and his gift to Hymnody
Gordon Taylor: The World of William Booth: Methodism, Music and Ministry
Dick Watson: William Garrett Horder and the Hampstead Mind
The programme will include Sectionals (30 mins) and a Short Metre session (10 mins): There are at present a few spaces so The Secretary would welcome offers.


The cost for residents is £300.00 Non-Members will be charged £330.00 but receive 12 months membership of the Society. The cost for day-visitors for the full conference is £180.00, charged pro-rata according to length of stay and events on each day (see back page of form). Accommodation for the Monday night before the Conference begins is available: Bed and Breakfast £50.00 per person. Dinner is available at £20 per person, please book with us in advance. 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. Applications for bursaries should be made to the Secretary.


To register, please send a non-returnable deposit of £80.00 by 18th May. The balance must be paid by 31st May. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Hymn Society’ or payment by Bank Transfer to: The Hymn Society of Great Britain & Ireland. Lloyds Bank plc, Sort Code: 30-92-75 Account No: 19749060

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