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LETTER: All hymns wise and wonderful

From Mr Hallam Murray

Hymn `not so wise and wonderful'

The hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" has been condemned as "wicked" and "dreadful" by a bishop.

Hymn to stay

The Rev Paul Williamson failed in a High Court attempt to get an injunction banning a hymn which he says blasphemously refers to God as a mother. He wanted to ban it from ordination services at London's Southwark Cathedral until a full hearing of his claim.

The Daily Poem: Hymn to Time: II

For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears.

Obituary: Willie Mae Ford Smith

Willie Mae Ford Smith, singer, died 2 February, aged 89. Known in gospel music circles as 'Mother Smith', she starred in a 1982 documentary film on gospel music Say Amen, Somebody.

Letter: In praise of hymns

Sir: I suspect the unwillingness of Dorothy Hampson's young funeral congregation (Letters, 24 January) to sing the 'well-known' hymns she played may be because they are becoming less well known, as they are gradually superseded by 'modern' efforts.

MUSIC / Joy of text: Tess Knighton reviews the Hilliard Ensemble at St John's Smith Square

The annual Magenta Music Christmas Festival at St John's Smith Square always offers something a little more recherche alongside repeat performances of Handel's Messiah. This year, the Hilliard Ensemble avoided the Christmas theme (except in their encore) which may be one reason why this popular group attracted a relatively low attendance. A mix of Johannes Ockeghem and Jane Macmillan might have seemed too esoteric for the less adventurous, but they missed a treat.

Letter: Inspired by Gopsall

Sir: Readers of the article about the Gopsall Temple ruins ('Hallelujah] The source of inspiration', 23 December) may like to know that the tune Handel composed for Charles Wesley's hymn, 'Rejoice, the Lord is King', is named 'Gopsal' (so spelt) attesting his connection with Gopsall House and his friendship with Charles Jennens, its owner.
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