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Make a Joyful Noise: Vaughan Williams

I’m beginning to wonder if I dreamed hearing Roger Bolton say on Radio 4’s Sunday programme this morning that churches are being encouraged to include at least one hymn by Ralph Vaughan Williams in today’s worship, to celebrate this year’s centenary. The programme was looking at how an agnostic came to write such great church music. I’ve since searched in vain on Sunday’s useless web site for any more information. I thought Songs of Praise might be joining in but it seems they’ll be in Spain singing Shine, Jesus Shine, poor things. So if you know any more about this jolly good idea, do let me know! Meanwhile here’s Come Down, Oh Love Divine and Let All the World in Every Corner Sing on You Tube.

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I woke up (for the second time) this morning to Morning Worship and Vaughan Williams' arrangement of Old Hundredth - pretty good, but not enough of it.
Nice awakening, though.

(Anonymous)

Vaughan Williams

I was raised upon classical music and Fantasia on Greensleeves was one of my favourites.

Re: Vaughan Williams

Beautiful.
Is it Spain or Shine that you don't care for?
I can see why you might not care for Shine, but I once heard about 500 Welsh children singing it and it was quite impressive
My point was that I'd rather sing a Vaughan Williams tune than Shine. It's not the worst of the modern hymns, IMO.