Hymn from the pen of Elizabeth Cosnett with music by Ian Sharp
Hymn text from Mike Dove
Mike Dove from Parkstone Evangelical Free Church, Poole, Dorset, has written a hymn text called 'Glorious Godhead'
Hymn texts from Andrew Pratt
Andrew Pratt has written a number of hymn texts and has kindly allowed us to share some here on the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland website. When new texts are added, links will be made available on this page and the News page, so please do check back.
What does it mean to sing a hymn? is a collection of new hymn texts that Andrew has written following the 2017 Hymn Society Conference in Carmarthen.
When Two Stars Collide written by Andrew after the detection of gravitational waves caused by the collision of two neutron stars to the tune INTERCESSOR.
Christmas Hymn is a new seasonal hymn. Rhidian Griffiths has kindly provided a PDF with a suggestion for accompanying music.
Good Friday is a hymn text created by Andrew to the tune ST FULBERT for Eastertide.
Notre Dame on Fire is a hymn text by Andrew Pratt, written in response to the fire, April 2019.
Singer/Song writer Ruth Thomas has released a CD called Heaven Direct.
Heaven Direct, a collection of 7 songs which show her versatility as a singer/songwriter. On Heaven Direct, Ruth is joined by pianist John Hamilton, who also sings on the track If you come to Jesus. She is also joined by a group of children for the Song of the Robin.
Ruth is bursting with a desire to share the joy of the Christian message with us all, but especially with the people Wales. The opening track, Easter Mary, is a vibrant reworking of the tune CALON LAN by John Hughes. Here we have a stark reminder of Mary’s suffering as she remembers her son, Jesus, carrying his own cross. Ruth is eager to share what she sees in her visions, and she offers The Cross is raised as a revival song for Wales. In O Mary, where is your baby Ruth enters into the agony of Mary as she remembers the baby once cradled in her arms – the son she now sees in such torment. Of miracles, Ruth quite simple writes that she believes in them. She is eager to share how her life has been blessed in marvellous and unexpected ways. In I believe in miracles she sings of how her life has been touched and renewed time after time. Ruth does not shy away from dealing with difficult theological questions and, in the Song of the Robin, she addresses the problem of talking to children about Easter joy without losing sight of the harrowing events of the crucifixion.
As the daughter of black lay-preachers Ruth spent her childhood singing in her Father’s Pentecostal church. She shows her African-Caribbean legacy in her versatility over a wide range of styles including jazz, calypso and soul. Her genuinely soulful music brings to mind the great gospel singers of the past. The vibrancy of her message - supported by exceptionally clear diction – is made all the more moving by the simplicity of the arrangements which on all but one of the seven tracks are voice and piano alone. In Ruth’s songs we find a freshness which, added to the fine hymn singing tradition of Wales, gives warmth to any heart.
Heaven Direct can be purchased from www.crossrhythms.co.uk