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Tag Archive: Jonathan Kingston

    [Hymn of the Month] Passion Chorale

    The hymn tune of the month this time is “Passion Chorale” which was originally composed by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612). The most common text associated to this hymn tune is “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” which is a Christian Passion hymn based on a Latin text written during the Middle Ages. Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) originally […]

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    [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] 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] 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] 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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