In the bleak midwinter: Janet Wooton

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) Public Domain Tune: CRANHAM, Gustav Theodore Holst (1874-1934) Public Domain Janet Wootton This may seem an odd choice of hymn for July! But the global pandemic has made us all aware that we share this world and its seasons. We may fear that the coming of winter may mean the return of the virus. But the …

The people wanted soldiers

An extraordinary new hymn for the Passion/Easter season by Graham Adams This hymn, by Graham Adams, arose from an ‘Empire’ module at Luther King House in Manchester last week. Graham says, “feel free to use as you wish!’ It connects with the Passion/Easter season. It was particularly stimulated by a discussion around whether ‘the alternative realm’ (God’s basileia/kingdom/empire) is ‘a …

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Secretary’s Newsletter 87 Winter 2021

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.87: Winter 2021 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page The Hymn Society Website: www.hymnsocietygbi.org.uk The Hymn Society of Gt Britain and Ireland Conference 2021 Cancelled: Along with some other organizations, we have reluctantly decided to cancel, once again, our July Conference. With …

Words, Images and Imagination

Words, Images and Imagination – Andrew Pratt

This unique collection of original poems, watercolour prints and photos, all by the author, explores life in all its fullness – relationships, conflict, hope, time, age, memory and mortality. Reflecting the author’s upbringing by the sea in Devon, his training as a Marine biologist and his ministry in the Methodist Church, images of the sea and faith are lightly woven …

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A hymn for Autumn

How hard it is to tell in wordsThe feeling Autumn bringsOf sweet with bitter, shade with sun,Inside the heart of things. Bright rockets for a moment breakThe darkness overhead:Bright poppies, as the days grow chill,Commemorate the dead. The gold and crimson in the leavesIs part of their decay,And then how shapely stand the treesWhen leaves are stripped away. A grain …

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A Hymn for Lockdown

God our Father give your blessingTo your troubled earth;Locked-down people call out to youLonging for new mirth.Distanced from our most beloved,In forced solitude:Doorsteps only crossed in kindnessBy those bringing food. As old Noah locked his ark down,We must brave the waves,Mourning those who drown so lonely,Sinking to their graves.Guide us through the flood of dangershow us what to do,In our …

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Secretary’s Newsletter 86 Autumn 2020

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.86: Autumn 2020 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page The Hymn Society Website: www.hymnsocietygbi.org.uk The Hymn Society of Gt Britain and Ireland Hymn of the Day – Advent to Epiphany Information and Request for Participation Following the success of ‘Hymn for the …

Short Guide No 28: How Choirs Contribute to the Singing and Interpretation of Hymns

How Choirs Contribute to the Singing and Interpretation of Hymns Sing, choirs of angels’; ‘Sing, sing, ye heavenly choir’; ‘How shall I keep from singing?’ Choirs, harmonious and heavenly Hymns are eminently flexible and can be sung by individuals or by larger groups of people making up a congregation. What, then, is the role of a choir in the singing …

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ChOPiN – Church Organ Products in Nigeria

Our member Lanre Delano and his colleagues in Nigeria have been producing recordings of well-loved hymns and posting these week by week on their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3Eo_qamsVfI-UPX9qSzfg/featured).  Visit this link to see a number of solo and duet recordings plus a couple of other hymn-related contributions from some of our own members.

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Secretary’s Newsletter 85 Summer 2020

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.85: Summer 2020 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page The Hymn Society Website: www.hymnsocietygbi.org.uk The Hymn Society of Gt Britain and Ireland New Subscription Rates to take effect from January 2021 There will be a modest increase in Subscription Rates effective 1st …

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How can we keep from singing?

Postponed indefinitely due to COVID19 restrictionsWe hope to reschedule sometime next year God’s people have always worshipped in music and song. Music has lifted our hearts, given space for lamentation, strengthened us in hardship, bound us together, and given us a voice to praise the living God. This is a day for worshippers, writers, musicians and worship leaders to engage …

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Secretary’s Newsletter 84 Spring 2020

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.84: Spring 2020 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page The Hymn Society Website: www.hymnsocietygbi.org.uk Cancellation of our 2020 Annual Conference It is with considerable regret that I have to notify you of the cancellation of our 2020 Hymn Society Leyland Conference which …