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Sing-Along Hymns

Sir Sydney Hugo Nicholson (1875-1947)
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

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Nicholson

Nicholson was organist at Manchester Cathedral (1908 – 1919) and Westminster Abbey (1919 – 1928). He was the founder of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in 1927. He was the compiler of The Parish Psalter.

His hymn tunes include Crucifer Lift high the Cross and Chislehurst Hail the day that sees Him rise

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Stanford was born in Dublin and while still an undergraduate at Trinity College Cambridge, he was appointed as organist there.

Although he was not primarily a composer of church music, it is for that he is mainly remembered. Few of his secular compositions are performed today. He composed a number of anthems and settings for Anglican Church services. His hymns tunes include:
an arrangement of traditional tunes for I bind unto myself today
a tune for For all the Saints that is not as well-known as it should be!

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Both composers wrote settings for Nunc Dimittis.

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Stanford

Nunc Dimittis - Nicholson

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant
depart in peace,
according to Thy word,
according to Thy word.
For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared
before the face of all people;
to be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
and to be the glory of Thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end,
Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

Nunc Dimittis - Stanford

Here is part of his arrangement of Morning, Communion and Evening Services in B flat. The men sing the first part and the whole chorus sings the Gloria.

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace,
according to Thy word.
For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
to be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
to be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
and to be the glory of Thy people Israel,
Thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost:
as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end,
without end.
Amen. Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

For each hymn we have provided a set of verses together with an electronically generated sound-track. The sound track does not provide any words - just the tune.

The selection of hymns to be included was subject to certain limitations, notably the restrictions of copyright. This meant that many modern hymns were excluded, and the exclusion even applied to some updated versions of traditional hymns. Some publishers have made a few minor changes to make hymns more "inclusive" and have then claimed copyright over the revised text. So in most cases the ORIGINAL texts have been used, even though these may not be the versions that appear in modern hymnals.

In deciding what tunes to be used, this has largely been the Webmaster's personal choice. It is a mixture of familiar tunes and tunes that are not well-known, but deserve to be better known. The webmaster has included some personal favourites (and excluded some pet hates!). The soundtracks provided go with the words provided - if there are four verses, the tune is repeated four times. Where possible tunes have been provided with descants or alternative arrangements.

Wherever possible, there is an explanation of who wrote the words or tunes, the circumstances under which they were written, when (and sometimes why). Many hymns include references to verses appearing in the King James Version of the Bible; more modern translations were not then available! In some cases we have tried to explain these scriptural references or other instances where words have changed their meaning over time.

This selection of "Sing-along Songs of Praise" was originally a series of blog posts written during the COVID Lockdowns of 2020. It was intended to allow people to sing hymns in the safety and privacy of their own homes at a time when hymn-singing in church was not allowed (even if the church building was open!).

When hymns are sung as part of a church service, it is normally the case that the hymn books are set aside at the end of the hymn and the next part of the service continues. There is no time to sit and reflect on the meaning or the beauty of words and/or music. This collection allows you to take your time, to read, listen sing along, reflect, and to repeat a hymn again if you wish.

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Last modified: 02 March 2021