Annual Hymn Sing

  • Venue:
    Brighouse Central Methodist Church
  • Start:
    March 10, 2018 7:30 pm
  • End:
    March 10, 2018 10:00 pm
  • Address:
    Parsonage Lane
    Brighouse, , HD6 1AQ
  • Cost:

The 2018 selection for the perennially popular Overgate Hospice Choir Hymnsing has been taken from New English Praise, a supplement to the New English Hymnal.  Do join us for a memorable evening of favourite hymns directed and introduced by our Music Director Dr Simon Lindley with David Houlder at the organ. • We are delighted to be able to welcome David, who last played for this popular OHC event in 2004, to this year’s Hymnsing. Having achieved our 25th such presentation last season, David re-visits Brighouse to see us in to our second quarter of a century of such endeavour.

Come prepared to sing your heart out!

Alongside well-established favourites are new tunes for There’s a wideness in God’s mercy and a splendid choral harmonisation of Amazing grace. It is believed that the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool may well be the only Cathedral with its own “Cathedral Hymn” and “Hail Redeemer, King Divine is included in honour of the Cathedral’s recent Golden Jubilee.

Choral items include Stanford’ stirring Te Deum from his service in B flat and John Ireland’s noble Remembrance-tide anthem, Greater love hath no man, being sung in the Centenary Year of the 1918 Armistice. Music from Belgian Halifax resident Herman van Dyk is present, too, in the form of his Psalm 23. Finally, the Choir will be heard in an all-time Overgate favourite, God’s Choir .

We are delighted that Claire Strafford will again be joining us as soloist at this year’s hymnsing. Claire studied at the Leeds College of Music. For many years she has been an active oratorio soloist and has sung the majority of the repertoire from the last four centuries, from Handel’s Messiah to the Verdi Requiem and many major twentieth century works. These have taken her all over the country; to Wimborne Minster, Peterborough, Norwich, Ripon and Bangor Cathedrals, Sherborne Abbey and the great Town Halls of Birmingham and Leeds. She sings regularly at weddings and funerals and is a passionate champion of English song.

Simon Lindley







And can it be that I should gain                                            Tune: Sagina, Thomas Campbell
Amazing grace                                                                           Tune arranged by Robert Ramskill
Choir: Greater love hath no man                                           John Ireland
Soprano Solo: The Lord is my Shepherd                             Samuel Liddle
The Lord’s Prayer                                                                     Michael Head
Be still, for the presence of the Lord                                    Words and Music: David Evans
Come, labour on                                                                       Tune: Ora labora, T Tertius Noble [Descant SL] Soprano Solo: If thou art near                                               Bach
Come unto Him [Messiah]                                                     Handel
Fierce raged the tempest                                                         Tune: St Aelred, J B Dykes
Organ: Fantasia                                                                         George Dyson
Choir: Psalm 23                                                                         Herman van Dyk
Great is Thy faithfulness                                                          Tune: Faithfulness, W M Runyan


Hail Redeemer, King Divine                                                   Tune: King Divine, Charles Rigby
Choir:  Te Deum laudamus in B flat                                     Charles Villiers Stanford
Organ Solo: Ground Bass                                                        George Dyson
In heavenly love abiding                                                         Tune: Penlan, David Jenkins
Soprano Solo:  Ave Maria                                                        Simon Geoffrey Lindley
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy                                        Tune: Corvedale, Maurice Bevan
Choir: God’s Choir                                                                    Ray Overholt
Lord, for the years                                                                     Tune: Lord of the Years, Michael Baughen
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah                                         Tune: Cwm Rhondda, John Hughes

Hymn Sing 2016-edited