Body

St. Margaret's Virtual Choir

Hymn Anthem on the tune 'Guiseley'

Listen here

Today's piece from the virtual choir was only written this month, but uses as its starting point the hymn-tune, 'Guiseley', which I wrote almost exactly nine years ago to replace the tune we usually use for Newman's famous 'Credo' hymn, 'Firmly I believe and truly'.

Vaughan Williams adapted a lovely folk-song for the text, which is a fine tune, but I have always thought rather light-weight for such a grand declaration of faith (incredibly grand in Elgar's setting in 'The Dream of Gerontius'). 'Guiseley' never became established at St Margaret's (or anywhere else), so it occurred to me to revive it in the context of a 'Hymn Anthem', such as I recently wrote on the lovely hymn 'Jerusalem my happy home' which never got into the New English hymnbook (you can hear my version of that on the 'God is gone up' CD that the choir recorded in 2019).

Listen for the Tenors and Basses in verse two, Sopranos and Altos in verse three, Sops with lower parts humming in verse 4 and a grand descant plus Amen at the end. I hope you enjoy hearing the St Margaret's organ!

Geoff Cloke has once more done a lovely job mixing everything together in a fine balance.

Here is Newman's text:

Firmly I believe and truly God is Three and God is One;

And I next acknowledge duly Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully In that Manhood crucified;

And each thought and deed unruly Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to his grace and wholly Light and life and strength belong,

And I love supremely, solely, Him the holy, him the strong.

And I hold in veneration, For the love of him alone,

Holy Church as his creation, And her teachings as his own.

Adoration ay be given, With and through the angelic host,

To the God of earth and heaven, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

 

Christopher Rathbone