Keith and Kristyn Getty recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Keith and Kristyn Getty are long-time members of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. We rejoice with them at this signal honour. Up to 100 million people worldwide sing Keith Getty’s hymns in church services each year – and today that extraordinary accomplishment is recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The world-renowned Lisburn-born composer has been awarded an …

“Lift Up a Living Nation”: Community and Nation, Socialism and Religion in The English Hymnal, 1906

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14780038.2017.1290995 The lead editors of The English Hymnal (1906), Percy Dearmer and Ralph Vaughan Williams, found Victorian hymnody in need of serious revision, and not just aesthetically. This musical book was intended as an expression of the editors’ Christian socialist politics involving in the participation of the congregation. This article examines how they achieved this by the encouragement of active …

Singing Welcome

The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is pleased to announce the release of Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants, a collection of 46 hymns and songs available for free download from The Hymn Society’s website www.thehymnsociety.org/singingwelcome. The Singing Welcome Working Group (David Bjorlin; Benjamin Brody; Hilary Seraph Donaldson; Delores Dufner, OSB, FHS; …

Hymns for Hope and Healing

The outcome of a fruitful collaboration of theologians, writers and musicians working at the retreat and therapeutic centre of Holy Rood House in Yorkshire, this new collection articulates the needs of a contemporary ministry of healing through the agency of hymns, the church’s most resonant and expressive form of worship. Hymns of Hope and Healing is the product of many …

Secretary’s Newsletter 72 Spring 2017

There’s still time to book! Cost: £260.00. As you will see from the programme, this is excellent value! Forms available on the Society website or from the Secretary. Full details are now as follows: In addition there will be some 30 minute Sectionals including: ‘Hymns and healing, a new hymn collection’ by Andrew Pratt and Jan Berry; ‘Looking for a …

Book launch in York

  Another event, on this occasion for those of you who live in York, its environs, or within easy travelling distance. Also the opportunity of a new book! The book launch of Looking for a Voice: A Hymnological Biography by Caryl Micklem and Alison Micklem will take place on Saturday 8th April at 2.30 pm All are invited. Caryl Micklem …

John Newton Exhibition & 30 March Events

The John Newton Project website has updated information on the John Newton exhibition available to view throughout March at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Mon-Fri. www.standrewbythewardrobe.net The exhibition includes additional material on Newton’s links with previous rectors of this church – William Romaine and William Goode – and on the Eclectic Society and CMS (which …