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 No 77: Canticles Old and New

(Hymn Society Conference Lecture, Durham, 28 July 2010 Edited for The Bulletin) In these well known lines from the hymn ‘When morning gilds the skies’, Caswall uses the word ‘canticle’ in the general sense of a song, derived from the Latin ‘canticulum’, a little song. Canticles, in the plural, in some contexts refers to the biblical book the Song of …

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 …

Treasure No 73: Healing the Nations: Fred Kaan The Man and his Hymns by Gillian Warson, Stainer & Bell Ltd. 115 pp £9.50 ISBN 0-85249-889-6

Some years ago I suggested to Fred Kaan that he could write a fascinating autobiography. He was not so inclined, but I continued to believe that such a book would have been fascinating and warmly welcomed. What we have here is a short biography, by an author who tells us, ‘Fred Kaan…had always been something of an idol for me!’ …