Expanding the Core Repertoire
At the 2019 Conference in Canterbury I introduced some analysis of a selection of sixteen hymnals from which I had attempted to identify the “core” texts which are common (in one form or another) across the denominations. The books used ranged across a broad range of church traditions, and are as follows:
- Ancient & Modern: Hymns & Songs for Refreshing Worship (2013)
- Baptist Praise & Worship (1991)
- Christian Hymns (2004)
- Church Hymnal 5th Edn (2000)
- Church Hymnary 4 (2005)
- Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook (2005)
- Just Hymns Old & New Catholic Edition (2013)
- Mission Praise 30th Anniversary Edition (2014)
- New Redemption Hymnal (1986)
- One Family: Hymns Old & New for All Ages (2017)
- Praise! (2000)
- Rejoice and Sing (1991)
- Revised English Hymnal (2019)
- Sing Glory (1999)
- Singing the Faith (2011)
- Song Book of the Salvation Army (2015)
From these books emerged a list of around 160 hymns which are in at least three quarters of the books (i.e. 12 or more) and which can be considered our “core” hymnody. Of these, 52 are in all sixteen books. The full list can be found by clicking on the button below.
I also raised the question: what would Hymn Society members like to see included in this core repertoire besides those already listed? Here is your chance to share in the experiment. Imagine that we in The Hymn Society were a committee charged with producing a new hymnal for use across the traditions. Assume that the hundred and sixty or so hymns on my “core” list will be included. What else would you want to put into such a collection?
You may nominate up to twenty texts which you would like to see added to the repertoire, marking five of these as your top choices, by using the form below. Please check that your selections are not already in the “core” list. Please click on the GDPR Consent and finally click on the Submit button when complete. There will be a successful form submission message once the submit button is clicked.
If enough Hymn Society members offer their nominations, then I plan at the 2020 Conference to reveal what texts we have chosen.
Martin Leckebusch – August 2019