Hymns Ancient & Modern and Henry Williams Baker
A Herefordshire Vicar and his Hymn Book
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Publisher: Leominster History Study Group
This book takes a fresh look at the amazing story of the world famous hymn book Hymns Ancient & Modern. Three distinguished professors, John Harper of Bangor University and Richard Watson and Jeremy Dibble, both of Durham, contribute chapters on the background, origins, words and music of the hymn book.Also included is a study by Anthony Malpas of the part played by the Reverend Sir Henry Williams Baker, Bart as the leader of the project to publish this phenomenally successful hymn book. With chapters by Tim Bridges, of the Victorian Society and Church Buildings Support Officer in the diocese of Hereford, on the Victorian restoration and rebuilding of Herefordshire churches in general and All Saints’ Church Monkland in particular; James Berrow on the Monkland organ; and Michael Fisher, author of ‘Gothic for Ever’ on the life and work of A.W.N. Pugin, on Hardman of Birmingham who supplied the glass and fittings for the restored Monkland church.In addition, Ann Malpas contributes chapters on Henry Baker as a much loved Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire, England, in the middle years of the 19th century, and also on the Hereford Choral Union, a pioneering organisation set up in the Hereford Diocese for the training and support of parish choirs. With a Foreword and Afterword by the Dean of Hereford, the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor.Includes 16 colour plates.
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