Music to lift your soul in this time of dispersement
Alan Bullard, Friston resident and UK composer, whose music is performed all over the world, has allowed us to post videos of himself playing some well-known hymns to uplift us in these troubled times. For most of them you shoudn't have too much trouble finding the words online.
Lord of All Hopefulness
My Song is Love Unknown
For Palm Sunday - All glory, laud and honour
For Holy Week - O Sacred Head
And something special from Alan:
This is my cantata, Wondrous Cross, (based on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ), performed by the Lion Walk Church Choir on Palm Sunday evening, 2012.
A hymn for Good Friday - Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
And something special for Easter Day - Christ the Lord is risen today
Another beautiful Easter hymn - Now the green blade riseth
And This Joyful Eastertide continues!
Here's a 20th-century favourite - Living Lord
A classic hymn to a 20th-century tune that became a great favourite - At the name of Jesus
This is a particularly beautiful modern hymn - Brother, sister, let me serve you - and the pictures and performers are rather special!
A good old favourite - Great is thy faithfulness
A hymn very much for our time - Through all the changing scenes of life
A favourite of many - O Jesus, I have promised
A beautiful hymn - Seek ye first the kingdom of God - and Alan says 'a performance by the Bullard family virtual choir, including two grand-daughters. The pictured churches are, mainly, ones with which we have family connections or have recently visited.'
A lovely hymn from Scandinavia - The love of God
One for Ascension Day (Thursday 21st May) - Ye servants of God
And a familiar hymn that is apt for our times - Jesus shall reign
A modern hymn with words also particularly appropriate for out times - Do not be afraid
One of the great Pentecost hymns - Come down, O love divine
A hymn to (as Alan says) 'always have by our side' - The Lord's my shepherd
A hymn for Trinity Sunday - Go forth and tell
A magnificent hymn - All my hope on God is founded.
The tune is by Herbert Howells (1892-1983). - he was my composition teacher at the Royal College of Music and this tune is called ‘Michael’ in memory of his son who sadly died of polio, aged 9, in the 1930s. Dr Howells kept Michael’s school sports-gear etc. in his garage in Barnes for the rest of his life.
Of 'When in our music God is glorified' Alan writes:
This Sunday (June 14th) is, I’m told, called ‘Music Sunday’ so here’s an appropriate hymn: Fred Pratt Green’s words to a tune by Stanford.
A hymn that is more than just for harvest - For the fruits of all creation
Having just returned from a stroll through lovely Suffolk farmland, this seemed an appropriate choice of hymn. As the previous hymn, words are by the Methodist minister Fred Pratt Green. The music is by Francis Jackson, now aged 102: he was organist of York Minster from 1946 to 1982 (and a chorister there from 1929-33!). It’s a beautiful hymn with a sweeping melody.
A good rousing hymn - The God of Abraham praise
A hymn from the modern Iona tradition - The love of God comes close where stands an open door
One of the classics, with George Herbert's glorious words - Let all the world in every corner sing - and, as Alan says, ‘…No door can keep them out..’ As some churches prepare to open for worship (though perhaps not singing yet), this hymn - a request from a friend - seems a very appropriate one.
A hymn that seems particularly relevant at the moment - Just as I am
Something of a modern classic - Colours of day
A beautifully simple hymn with words by a very famous cricket commentator - God whose farm is all creation
A fairly obcure American folk-song took on a whole new lease of life when Sydney Carter borrowed its tune and added his own remarkable words - Lord of the Dance
A hymn based on beautiful Irish words - Be Thou my vision
An old favourite - King of glory, King of peace
A hymn we don't know so well - but is good for our times - There's a quiet understanding
One of the great hymns of praise - Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
If you want to know a bit more about Alan, do visit his website www.alanbullard.co.uk