A new edition of the world famous and historical hymn book containing a comprehensive selection hymns and songs, arranged in seasonal and liturgical order. Ancient & Modern Worship contains 845 songs, including 400 not in the previous edition 13 years ago. Originally published in 1861, it was created by hard-working Victorian clergymen who knew the value of devotional music and wanted their congregations to have the best.
The worlds most famous hymn book has undergone a complete revision and now offers the broadest ever range of traditional hymns and the best from todays composers and hymn/song writers. 150 years since its first publication and after sales of 170 million copies, this brand new edition contains over 840 items, ranging from the Psalms to John Bell, Bernadette Farrell and Stuart Townend.
The guiding principles behind this collection are:
biblical and theological richness
relevance to todays worship styles and to todays concerns
New features include added provision for all the seasons of the Church year, new items for carol services and other popular occasions where the repertoire is in need of refreshing, more choices for all-age worship, fresh translations of some ancient hymnody, beautiful new tunes, short songs and chants alleluias, kyries, blessings etc. and music from the world church.
A full range of indexes (including biblical and thematic) and a helpful guide to choosing hymns for every occasion will help to make Ancient & Modern the premier hymn collection of choice.
This is the Melody edition.
Head of Publishing, Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).
Anne Harrison has edited the Royal School of Church Musics Sunday by Sunday liturgy planner for ten years and is also on the editorial team for Praxis News of Worship.
John Barnard is a composer, arranger, choir-director and organist. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has written a number of popular hymn tunes.
Gordon Giles is Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, and Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Edmonton Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London. Previously Succentor of St Paul's Cathedral he has published many articles and books on hymnody and church music.
'if Common Worship was graded as 'Good' in 2000, this 2013 edition of A&M will certainly be a grade higher. It is a volume which deserves to be in regular use by all church musicians and worship leaders.'