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BristolTuneBook

1863 : THE BRISTOL TUNE BOOK

Hymnbooks tend to come in versions which contain music and words, or words only. Up until the late nineteenth century, it was common practice to have words and music published …

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DAVID'SHARP

1788 : BROADMEAD (DAVID’S HARP)

This is the name of a tune written by John Daniell (1788-1866). Daniell was organist and choirmaster at the Broadmead Baptist Church, which was one of the six non-Conformist congregations …

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FannyCrosby

1873 : BLESSED ASSURANCE

This hymn resulted out of collaboration between Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) and Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839-1908). Unusually, it seems as though the tune (composed by Knapp) was written first. It was …

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MethodistHymnbook1933

1933 : THE METHODIST HYMNBOOK

The Methodist Hymnbook of 1933 was the first collection of hymns published by the united Methodist Church. After the First World War negotiations began between the United Methodist Church, the …

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BBCHymnbook

1951 : THE BBC HYMNBOOK

The BBC Hymnbook was intended for us in studio services and the Daily Service, and to allow listeners at home to follow hymns in broadcast programmes. According to the book’s …

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hymnsandpsalms1

1983 : HYMNS AND PSALMS

Hymns and Psalms came out of a mandate from the Methodist Conference of 1979. The highly popular Methodist Hymn Book of 1933 served a good purpose, but the collection was …

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singingthefaith2

2011 : SINGING THE FAITH

Singing the Faith was published in September 2011. It was the first hymnbook to be compiled by the Methodist Church since Hymns and Psalms. Both these hymnbooks are officially authorised …

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samwesley

1766 : SAMUEL WESLEY

Samuel Wesley’s two most well-known hymn tunes today are RIDGE and DONCASTER, but during his lifetime he was a prolific writer of tunes. Many were composed for hymn texts written …

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CharlesWesleyjr

1757 : Charles Wesley Jr.

Charles Wesley Jr. was born Bristol in 1757 to Charles and Sally Wesley. He moved with his family to London in 1771, and there he continued his musical education by …

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1837 : WILLIAM CHATTERTON DIX

William Chatterton Dix – his second name refers to Bristol’s childhood prodigy poet, Thomas Chatterton – was born in Bristol in 1837. Although he moved away from the city to …

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