Annual Conference 2017 – Carmarthen

30 minute Sectionals including: ‘Hymns and healing, a new hymn collection’ by Andrew Pratt and Jan Berry; ‘Looking for a Voice, a hymnological Autobiography by Caryl Micklem and Alison Micklem’ presented by Alison Micklem; ‘You Can’t Keep a Good Song down’ presented by Ruthie Thomas. Short Metre: Short presentations by any member of the Society attending Conference lasting a maximum …

Secretary’s Newsletter 73 Summer 2017

And none the worse for that! It is good to have the opportunity to share news of our members when their contributions to Worship and Hymnody, various and varied as they are, are recognised. But first… Revd John Waddington-Feather (Shrewsbury, Shropshire) Malcolm has asked me to point out a mistake in his 2016 lecture at St Andrews. He said that …

300th Anniversary of the Birth of Williams Pantycelyn Celebrated

A book which is being published to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Williams Pantycelyn, will celebrate the contribution of the two most notable hymn-writers in Welsh history. Flame in the Mountains draws together Professor H. A. Hodges’ published work on Williams Pantycelyn, Ann Griffiths and the Welsh hymn, together with his notes on Ann’s hymns and …

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. For nearly 100 years, the work of The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada …

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 …