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Category Archive: Music Tutorial Series

[Hymn of the Month] Tell Out, My Soul

This month’s hymn, “Tell Out, My Soul”, is a Christian hymn paraphrasing the Magnificat written by Timothy Dudley-Smith (1926 – ) in 1962. In the early days this hymn was paired to a tune by Michael Baughen but it was later paired and greatly enhanced by the sweeping music of Walter Greatorex’s (1877 – 1949) […]

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[Hymn of the Month] We Three Kings

The first tune of this year’s Hymn of the Month series is the famous hymn “We Three Kings”. It is also commonly known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, and is a Christmas carol written by John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820 – 1891). Hopkins wrote the words and […]

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[Hymn of the Month] God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Our final tune in this year’s series is befittingly the old English traditional Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”. The composer is unknown but there are records of it being sung within the Christian Church since the 15th century. The hymn was first put into print in 1760 but made available to a wider […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Thaxted by Gustav Holst

This month’s hymn tune, Thaxted, is taken from the middle section of “Jupiter”, one of the seven movements in the orchestral suite “The Planets” by Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 –1934). Holst adapted the theme from Jupiter to suit the patriotic poem “I Vow to Thee, my Country”, by Cecil Spring-Rice (1859–1918), which honours the soldiers […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Darwall’s 148th by John Darwall

Darwall’s 148th or simply Darwall as it is sometimes known is the tune featured this month. The is an especially confident and optimistic tune with the resounding ascent of the final line, was composed by Reverend John Darwall (1731–1789). It was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William’s New Universal Psalmodist […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Golden Sheaves by Sir Arthur Sullivan

Our tune this month is Golden Sheaves, composed by the very popular man of his time (and ours) Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (13 May 1842 – 22 November 1900). Sullivan was a Member of the Victorian Order (MVO) and an English composer. William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898) wrote the words to “To thee, O […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Blaenwern by William Penfro Rowlands

When choosing the hymn tunes for this first series of ‘Hymn of the Month’ I was determined that we should have at least a couple of ‘Welsh’ ones and Bleanwern is as good an example as you can find. Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (1860–1937), during the Welsh revival of 1904–1905. William is pictured here […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Nun Danket by Johann Cruger

This tune is possibly one of the best known from its inclusion in almost all hymnals and it is a fitting accompaniment for the words ‘Now thank we all our God’ Both words and music originate in Germany in the early 1600’s. The tune written by Cruger who was simultaneously a teacher at the school Zum Grauen […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Repton by C Hubert Parry

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, ( 1848 – 1918) was a fine composer, teacher and historian of music.  As a composer he is no doubt best known for the choral song Jerusalem which sets the words of William Blake. And recently he  came to notice again when his coronation anthem  I was Glad was part of the wedding service […]

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Recording Hymn of the Month

For our 2016 series of You Tube videos we have changed to present a Hymn of the Month. This is in response to customers requesting recordings of how our instruments would support church worship. The tutorial series has moved to a new channel dedicated to our custom built Regent Classic instruments. These videos can now be […]

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[Hymn of the Month] ‘To God Be the Glory’ by William Howard Doane

Our tune this month is written by a most remarkable American William Howard Doane Doane was born in Connecticut in 1832 to prosperous parents. His father was the head of Doane and Treat, cotton manufacturers. Doane showed impressive musical talent and by early adolescence he was playing the flute, violin and double bass fiddle. Doane attended […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Ellacombe

The first record of this tune is in a hymnal (Gesangbuch) published in 1784 for the Duke of Wurtemberg. Ellacombe takes the name of a village in Devonshire. It was first set to the words “Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern.” During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the tune. […]

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[Hymn of the Month] ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’ to the tune Slane

This month we feature “Lord of All Hopefulness” as part of our Hymn of the Month series played by our in-house organist, Jonathan Kingston. Slane is believed to be an old Irish folk tune and the name is certainly common to a hill near Tara in County Meath, Ireland. It first came to significant attention […]

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[Hymn of the Month] Angel Voices by George Monk

We have received a number of requests asking us to present music that our instruments would routinely play in a church context. So what better examples than well known and loved hymn tunes? This year we are launching our new tutorial series called ‘Hymn of the Month’. So watch out for them each month. This month we […]

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[Jonathan Kingston] Music Tutorial Series – Gavotte William Boyce

[This is a series where we share short tutorials on a range of different pieces introduced and played by our colleague Jonathan Kingston, on our Viscount Organs. ] In this edition of the series, we bring you a Gavotte by William Boyce. William born in 1711 began his musical education when he became a chorister […]

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[Jonathan Kingston] Music Tutorial Series – Stanley Allegro in D

[This is a series where we share short tutorials on a range of different pieces introduced and played by our colleague Jonathan Kingston, on our Viscount Organs. ] In this edition of the series, we bring you the Allegro in D by John Stanley, a music graduate of Oxford University at the age of just […]

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[Jonathan Kingston] Music Tutorial Series Jerusalem by Hubert Parry

[This is a series where we share short tutorials on a range of different pieces introduced and played by our colleague Jonathan Kingston, on our Viscount Organs. ] In this edition of the series, we bring you the stirring tune Jerusalem written by Parry for the words of William Blake. This is a warhorse of […]

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