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Tag Archive: Envoy 35-F

    Prize Winner Takes Delivery

    In 2016 we ran an extensive three month competition to introduce more people to the sound of digital church organs. We developed a Quiz that tested the players as to whether they could identify specific clips of music as a pipe organ or a digital organ. In July last year I had the happy job […]

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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] 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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    [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] ‘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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    A New Interior for Cleckheaton Methodist Church

    Did you know the poor church mouse was originally a hungry one? The saying was originally said to be hungry as a church mouse. Churches in the 1600’s had no kitchens to cook meals and no storage or pantries to store food. A mouse that was so unlucky to take up residence in a church […]

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