Favourite Hymns (CD)

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Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, George Guest

Hymn singing is a wonderful way for people of all backgrounds, regardless of faith, regardless of any particular musical ability, to join together in worship and in song. It is very often the text, rather than the tune to which it is set, that has ensured a hymn's lasting popularity. Indeed some of these texts, though conceived for collective worship, are very often taken up for individual private prayer.

The whole tradition of hymn singing in the English-speaking world is due, in no small part, to the enormous influence of Isaac Watts (1674-1748) and Charles Wesley (1707-1788), the younger brother of John. Charles Wesley wrote an astonishing 6000 hymns, and there can be no finer example of his consummate skill than the splendid Jesu, lover of my soul.

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  1. Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven
  2. Come, thou long expected Jesus
  3. O for a closer walk with God
  4. Behold, the great creator makes
  5. Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
  6. Let all mortal flesh keep silence
  7. The strife is o’er
  8. When morning gilds the skies
  9. The Lord ascendeth up on high
  10. Spirit of mercy, truth and love
  11. Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
  12. Give me the wings of faith
  13. Immortal, invisible, God only wise
  14. Jesu, lover of my soul

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Brian Runnett organ
George Guest

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