Hymn tunes and carols

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These hymn tunes are often written to specific texts. But all tunes may, of course, be used to other texts if desired. Some of them also have descants. See also the congregational songs.

General tunes

Name Metre Score Audio Comments
Cenaculum 7 6 7 6 D PDF (choral)
PDF (music group)
MIDI (choral) Published in Wesley Music for the Millennium.
Coniscliffe 8 8 8 8 (LM) PDF (choral)
PDF (music group)
MIDI (choral)
MIDI (music group)
Published in Wesley Music for the Millennium.
Finchale Priory 8 7 8 7 D PDF MIDI Celebratory tune; descant.
Accolades: top 16 of St. Paul's Cathedral Millennium Hymn competition, 1999.
Haswell 8 7 8 7 D PDF MIDI Jazz-flavoured harmony; descant.
Hill Meadows 8 7 8 7 D PDF MIDI Celebratory tune; descant. Suitable for music groups.
Scheduled for publication in Music for Common Worship I, RSCM, Autumn 2000.
Published in Wesley Music for the Millennium.
Whitwell 8 6 8 6 D (DCM) PDF MIDI Published in Wesley Music for the Millennium.

To texts of Timothy Dudley-Smith

The PDF settings below include the text, which is copyright to Timothy Dudley-Smith and to Hope Publishing Company. With their kind permission, I am able to make them available here, via a link which asks you to note and accept the copyright.

Text Metre Occasions Score Audio Comments
Be present, Spirit of the Lord 8.6 8.6 6 Pentecost PDF MIDI Alternative jazz-based (8.6 8.6 6.6) tune also available.
Bless the Lord as day departs 7.8 7.8 Evening PDF MIDI  
Choirs of angels, tell abroad 7 7 7 7 D Christmas PDF MIDI  
Come now with awe 11 10 11 10 11 10 Christmas, Epiphany PDF MIDI A suggested "Finlandia" pairing seems unconvincing. Also a choir setting (different tune).
Give thanks to God on high 6.6 8.6 6.6 Dedication, saints days PDF (SATB)
PDF (unison)
MIDI (SATB)
MIDI (unison)
 
God is King! The Lord is reigning 8.7 8.8 8.7 7.7   PDF MIDI Based on Psalm 93. Although written as a hymn tune, it can also be used by music-groups.
Here is the centre 10 10 10 10 10 10 Christmas, Epiphany PDF MIDI  
Here on the threshold of a new beginning 11 10 11 10 D renewal; anninversary; dedication PDF MIDI For Revd. Stephanie Watson and parishes of Chilton and Cornforth, Co. Durham.
O God whose thoughts are not as ours 8.6 8.6 D (DCM)   PDF MIDI Descant included
Our God and Father bless 6.6 8.8 8.6   PDF MIDI Based on Benedictus
Rejoice in God, my heart 6.6 8.4 D   PDF MIDI Based on Psalm 111
The heavens are singing 12 11 12 11 6 6 11   PDF MIDI Based on Isaiah 44 and 55
The light of glory breaks 6 6 6 6 8 8 Christmas PDF MIDI  
This day above all days 6.6 8.6 6.6
[ 6.6 8.6 6.6 6.6 ]
Easter, general PDF MIDI  
To Christ our King 8.6 8.6 (CM)   PDF MIDI  
With all who in this hallowed place 8.6 8.6 D (DCM) dedication, renewal PDF MIDI Commissioned by St John's Church, Nevilles Cross, Durham, for centenary (1996).
Tune published in Wesley Music for the Millennium.


The tunes below were originally written to the specific texts indicated. Because their texts are copyright, their scores cannot be publicly advertised, Hence the "via email" links.

To texts of Brian Wren

Text Metre Occasions Score Audio Comments
To Christ our hearts now given 7 6 7 6 D Moving on; change via email MIDI Detailed under congregational songs

To texts of Martin Leckebusch

Text Metre Occasions Score Audio Comments
Christ is our freedom 9 9 9 9 9.9 Baptism via email MIDI Setting written for baptism of Jamie Song
For riches of salvation 7 5 7 5 7.7.7 7   via email MIDI  
You have won me with a love 7 8 7 8   via email MIDI Setting written for wedding of Ken Chamberlain and Anne Ridley.

To texts of John Bennett

Text Metre Occasions Score Audio Comments
So free, so bright 10 10 6 6 10 Pentecost PDF MIDI  

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Last updated: 15th March 2006