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 …

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

This article uses the editorial work of Percy Dearmer and Ralph Vaughan Williams on The English Hymnal (1906) to argue that at the turn of the twentieth century, evocations of the past, of national and of folk culture were not necessarily nostalgic or conservative, but were often used by those on the left to make strongly political statements about the …

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 …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.72: Spring 2017

Secretary’s Newsletter 72 Spring 2017

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.72: Spring 2017 From the Secretary:Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page 3 Day Carmarthen Conference; July 18th -21st 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 …

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 …

Hymn Writers Workshop

Please see below details of a Hymn Writers Workshop being organized by Jubilate. This Day may be of interest to both aspiring and established Hymn Writers and composers, especially those living in, or around, or within easy access to London. It will be a day of insight, practical training and fellowship for lyricists and composers alike. In addition to the main …

Annual Conference 2017

All the latest photos and video from the Conference can be found here. Conference begins on Tuesday 18th July with Registration from 2:00 pm and tea at 3:00 pm. It concludes with lunch on Friday 21st July. Accommodation is all en-suite with single and a few twin-bedded rooms available. The Conference Pack, including the Conference Programme, a list of those …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.71: Winter 2017

Secretary’s Newsletter 71 Winter 2017

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.71: Winter 2017 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see the Contact page An opportunity for all our members to vote Hitherto, the opportunity to nominate and vote for members of our Executive Committee has taken place at our Annual Conference and has therefore been limited …

John Crothers News

Executive Committee member, John Crothers, on French radio, recording the annual programme that introduces French-speaking listeners to English-language Christmas hymns and carols. The programme, ‘Magazine anglican’, is beamed to the US and Canada via the Episcopal network, as well as to Francophone countries around the world, including much of Africa. It can be listened in to on Christmas Eve at …

New look website launched

We have just launched our new look website that incorporates our Facebook and Twitter feeds (see panel on the right) to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. As you will see, there are sections for the Secretary’s Newsletters, the past Treasures from the Bulletin and Short Guides that can be printed out …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.70: Autumn 2016

Secretary’s Newsletter 70 Autumn 2016

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.70: Autumn 2016 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page Our 80th Anniversary Radio Broadcast Extract from the first entry in the Minute Book of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland: ‘A Conference of those interested in the Study of Hymnody was held in …

Our 80th Anniversary Radio Broadcast

Extract from the first entry in the Minute Book of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland: ‘A Conference of those interested in the Study of Hymnody was held in Room A of Westminster Central Hall on Monday October 5th 1936 to consider the question of forming a Society for that purpose…Rev. Canon G. W. Briggs, Worcester, was called …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.69: Summer 2016

Secretary’s Newsletter 69 Summer 2016

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.69: Summer 2016 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship The third aim of The Hymn Society is ‘Encouraging the discerning use of hymns and songs in worship’. Sunday Morning Worship a few weeks’ ago (19th June) came from the chapel …