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'Great is Thy Faithfulness'

Early 20th century (and very popular) hymn, that sounds older!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKIqmdfHSk - a Songs of Praise recording. Very slightly fast, but real congregational singing.


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'To God be the Glory'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-15v9iworAU - a Songs of Praise version


'Teach me to dance'

It goes a bit mad with the key changes at the end, but it's the first one I found that wasn't too slow!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE_fz0xc774 - sung by the Salvation Army's International songsters.


'Now the Green Blade Riseth'

An Easter song I've played at a University Carol Service.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=27p98aLPZPI - Ely Cathedral choir, using the original unmodernised words.


'The Day of Resurrection'

A fairly successful re-cycling of Ellacombe (not that I could find any recordings of this hymn set to anything else).



'Led like a lamb to the slaughter / You're Alive'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQC7ZK_egM - Mr Kendrick, singing his own song.


'Christ the Lord is Risen Today'

A good hymn that you can't really put in the same service as 'Jesus Christ is Risen Today'.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=atYmVK6dkWA - a very grand arrangement from Colorado.


'Alleluia (Honduras)'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfyEmYMSDs - this version mixes Spanish and English.


'Jesus Christ is Risen Today'

Why not listen twice...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOw2JYdKtfs - from Hereford Cathedral - with plenty of welly.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMwPEmUMP7U - King's College Cambridge - another good last verse.


'See what a morning'

Easter Sunday isn't complete without it, but I still haven't found a recording that does it justice. They either suffer from selective anaemia, or a lack of contrast in expression, especially in verse 2. (Or both.) Basically, you need a keyboard player who's big in the mix. If you have kit on your rig that's not being used by the end, you're doing it wrong!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qlc0UIRkBk - This quite good, just needs more at the end!


'Thine be the Glory'

An Easter essential.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXzmjNE-yLA - King's College Cambridge - with Stephen Cleobury's descant.


'All for Jesus, all for Jesus'

The under-used closing hymn from Stainer's Crucifixion.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcwzvLhqAH8 - it has to be this tune.


'Jesus, remember me'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6tVReXsioM - an engaging arrangement of this song.


'A Purple Robe'

This is the fifth recording of the song that I looked at, but the first that gets the notes and words right! (It adds a little flourish at the end.)



'When I survey the Wondrous Cross'

You can sing other tunes for a change, but if you just had to pick one, it would have to be Rockingham.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EikGeNuoBA - More from Songs of Praise. (The last verse is overblown: there's a lot to be said for a more thoughtful, quieter approach.)


'My song is love unknown'

St Martin's church choir, recorded for Songs of Praise. Samuel Crossman's words and John Ireland's tune, though written much later, seem inseparable to me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv7OZSoA22w - St Martin's (in the Fields)


'Bitter was the night'

This song works well in the context of a Maundy Thursday service if a cantor sings the first half of each verse, and the congregation responds with the second half (which is the same every time).



'O Sacred Head Sore Wounded'

There are many recordings of this on the web, none of which are quite like the arrangement I play. I've chosen the late, great Sir David Willcocks and King's College Choir.



'Wonder and stare'

A short (4 line) song from Wild Goose (Iona), good to sing in Holy Week.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn0A1kKVGmQ - the only recording I'm aware of.


'All Glory, Laud and Honour'

Just for a change, a link from Vimeo. (Google searches, unsurprisingly, have a strong bias towards Youtube.) One of our lesser-used Palm Sunday choices. The organist is good... but I'd prefer it to be played more smoothly!



'Ride on, Ride on in Majesty'

There are two perfectly good tunes for this hymn - Winchester New and St Dronstane. Alas, St Dronstane is rarely used now and I couldn't find a recording of it being sung. There is also an alternative set of words by John Bell and Graham Maule, which can be used with the traditional tunes.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAh1lzSQ3P4 - sung to Winchester New - a Songs of Praise recording
www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CtIWSeVyY - St Dronstane (music only)
www.facebook.com/IonaCommunity/photos (...) - The words for 'Ride on, ride on, the time is right'



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