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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.

(11/04/2021)

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'To God be the Glory'

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

(10/04/2021)

'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.

(09/04/2021)

'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.

(08/04/2021)

'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).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgIx_0jhW1Y

(07/04/2021)

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

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

(06/04/2021)

'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.

(05/04/2021)

'Alleluia (Honduras)'

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

(04/04/2021)

'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.

(04/04/2021)

'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!

(04/04/2021)

'Thine be the Glory'

An Easter essential.

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

(04/04/2021)

'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.

(03/04/2021)

'Jesus, remember me'

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

(02/04/2021)

'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.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoehOEuQJC4

(02/04/2021)

'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.)

(02/04/2021)

'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)

(02/04/2021)

'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).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UyB6CqoUtI

(01/04/2021)

'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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi4gbXnjRsU

(01/04/2021)

'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.

(31/03/2021)

'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!

vimeo.com/39664133

(30/03/2021)

'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'

(29/03/2021)

 

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