Treasure No 79: Coda

Reprinted from the June 2013 issue of Church Music Quarterly, the magazine of the Royal School of Church Music, by permission of the author and the editor. www.rscm.com Early one Sunday morning, two tunes, let’s call them ST FREDA and SUNSHINE SONG, were gossiping in the vestry. ST FREDA, being the senior of the two, initiated the conversation. ‘I wonder …

Treasure 75: The Price of Sin

(This article has been adapted from a Short Metre presentation given at the Hymn Society Conference in Liverpool, July 2008). In The Penguin Book of Hymns Ian Bradley tells us that several New Testament scholars have admired the theology of Cecil Frances Alexander’s hymn ‘There is a green hill far away’, but then he goes on to say that other …

Treasure 74: Geoffrey Beaumont and the 20th Century Church Light Music Group – A Recognition of their Contribution to Contemporary Hymnody

The breadth of music used today for worship is staggering, as is the abundance of hymnals and songbooks. Styles also vary enormously, ranging from the traditional four-part hymn setting to modern choruses and worship songs. Instrumentation has also changed accordingly. Electric guitars, keyboard and even drums are now a common feature in churches. Many changes have taken place in the …