Favourite Hymns - Westminster Abbey Choir
This recording by the Westminster Abbey Choir, conducted by Martin Neary, was made in 1997, the year of the 50th anniversary of the wedding in Westminster Abbey of HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and two hymns from their Golden Wedding Service are included - May the Grace of Christ our Saviour, to Studland composed specially for the occasion, and Love Divine to the Welsh tune, Blaenwern. The popular response to the setting of St. Francis’ prayer, “Make me a channel of your peace” after the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, shows how much a hymn can mean to millions of people. Some others from that service are also included in the 20 favourites sung here with great passion.
Total time: 59:36
"This is a self-recommending disc which serves as a reminder of the lovely sound of the Westminster Abbey Choir under Martin Neary."
John Barnard - Hymn Society, 30/01/2006
O Worship the King William Croft, desc. Alan Gray / Dear Lord and Father of mankind C H H Parry / The King of love my shepherd is J B Dykes, Alan Gray desc. / Make me a channel of your peace Sebastian Temple, arr. Martin Neary / I vow to thee my country Gustav Holst / Be thou my vision Trad. Irish, harmonised: Erik Routley/ Who would true valour see Trad. English, arr. R Vaughan Williams / Abide with me W H Monk, desc, Ernest Bullock / Love divine, all loves excelling W P Rowlands. desc. Martin Neary / May the Grace of Christ Martin Neary / Guide me, O thou Great Redeemer John Hughes / Eternal Father, strong to save J B Dykes / Give rest, O Christ Trad. Russian / O thou who camest from above Samuel Sebastian Wesley / O God, our help in ages past William Croft, des. Martin Neary / Praise to the Holiest J B Dykes, desc. Martin Neary / The day thou gavest C C Scholefield / I would be true Trad. Irish / Christ is made the sure foundation Henry Purcell, desc. Martin Neary / O Praise ye the Lord C H H Parry