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Here are some of the hymns I have worked on. Eventually I may have more available, possibly on a searchable database to purchase or to be included in our publication.

At the time of updating, this list is very small compared with the number of hymns I have worked on. In time I will add sufficient here to illustrate the widest spectrum possible subject to copyright. The Volume contains play-over and bridge details of about 210 tunes representing just over 250 song or hymn titles. The total number of song and hymn tunes that I have studied exceeds 500. All PDFs open in a new tab.

First lines/Title Tune Notes
All hail the power of Jesu's Name MILES LANE Also see Play-overs
All hail the power of Jesu's Name DIADEM  
And can it be SAGINA This has been very successful and the relatively long bridge gives a much needed break for the voices. A shorter bridge is available too.
As pants the hart MARTYRDOM  
Awake, awake, fling off
the night
DEUS TUORUM
MILITUM
 
Be thou my vision
Lord of all hopefulness
SLANE Beware the slightly different versions to different lyrics!
Brightest and best EPIPHANY Extract (p43 from TCH)
Christians, awake YORKSHIRE
(STOCKPORT)
Extract (p44 from TCH)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind REPTON

 

For Mary, mother of our Lord
I come with joy
ST BOTOLPH This hymn has a feel of 6:8 about it and that highlights the weakness of the end of the second line; I have added a bar here to make the singing much easier; it flows beautifully.
Good Christians all...
The strife is o'er
GELOB'T SEI
GOTT (VULPIUS)
The Alleluias may be sung in different ways - hence the dotted ties...
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer CWM RHONDDA I jump to the last line in the play-over. It gives the congregation just that bit more warning that they are about to sing!
He who would valiant be
(Who would true valour see)
MONKS GATE The loose 4:4 time signature and the last word pil-grim make for particularly difficult arranging. I think it is about as good as it gets and I have deliberately left a 2:4 bar at the beginning without trying to correct the time signatures themselves.
He who would valiant be MONKS GATE (re-written) I got quite fed up with this until I tried conducting it in a slow 4 with the bar-lines in the "correct" position (IMHO); perfect!
Lord the light of your love is shining Shine! Jesus, shine! Popular or overdone? One of those modern praise tunes that congregations like but organists seemingly don't. Organists, get over yourselves!
If you don't like my quaver accompaniment in the refrain, then don't use it!
Morning has broken BUNESSEN Extract from TCH
O Jesus, I have promised HATHEROP CASTLE  
O Lord, my God How great thou art Melody only play-over and first lines illustrating how you MUST count your way through this hymn to make any sense of the rhythm and timing. SEE below
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness WAS LEBET  
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven PRAISE MY SOUL 3 pages (updated September 2015)
You may wish to adjust the details but this works far better than first two lines and pause and two beats silence!
Ring out! Ye bells below TAVISTOCK Words & Music George Campbell Grills (1947). This hymn has been adopted by the Devon Bell Ringers' Association and is sung by a number of others. This arrangement by me fine tunes some harmonies and adds a play-over and play-out.
Tell out my Soul WOODLANDS Although my introduction usually uses the first and last lines of WOODLANDS, I have discovered a repeated bar that can be omitted.
The Lord's my Shepherd CRIMOND Written out in 6:4 an extra half bar has been added at the end of lines 2 & 4.
Your play-over may comprise all lines or lines 1 & 4 going straight in as set without pause or rallentando. Keep the pace up and this will work very well.
     
     

Here is my setting for All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Please feel free to download and save it. The problem with this hymn is getting it started so I use the obvious descending notes in the base. But note how I get there; the refrain cuts to the second half of the verse half way through. All Things Bright and Beautiful comes out regularly at weddings and funerals and this method of playing it works perfectly every time! Give it a try and whatever you do, DON'T pause or rallentando anywhere; maintain a strict rhythmic tempo.


Example of the music in the volume...


How Great Thou Art

This lovely hymn is really quite difficult to get control of unless you are prepared to be strict with the rhythm. Above I illustrate my play-over consisting of parts of the refrain moving straight into the verse.

Note:

1. Your play-over does NOT have to consist of the first two lines! Use any part of the tune so long as it is recognisable! Here the refrain is equally as good, and by bringing the play-over to the end of the refrain it is obvious that the verse is about to start.
2. I have shortened those notes that are repeated - essential if you are going to hold onto the rhythm and timing.
3. I have added a set of words that you must sing to yourself to get the timing right! Take yourself right through the verse and refrain singing "one, two, three and four" etc. It will really sort it out for you!
4. Don't pause anywhere! Just keep the rhythm going.
5. I have altered the final bars to that conventionally used. If you have a different arrangement at this point that's OK provided you count carefully from the first note of the second line above.

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