2020 Hymn-tune writing competition
The task is to write a hymn-tune suitable for the words provided. It is suggested that each verse is set separately – the first for unison voices with organ (or piano), the second for SATB voices (with or without accompaniment), the third for unison voices with descant and organ (or piano) accompaniment. The music that you submit must be original, and must not have been previously published. You may submit a handwritten score or a score produced by using a score-writing package. Your score will not be returned to you, so please keep a copy. Please do not submit a recording.
The text that you will be sent by email is by Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith. Permission has been granted by the publishers for this to be set, and it is to be understood that more than one copy of it may not be printed out by each entrant.
The text, which is in DSM (double short metre), has three eight-line verses. We cannot publish this in advance, but the first verse begins as follows:
Glory to God be given
and hallowed be his Name,
supreme alike in earth and heaven,
unchangeably the same.
Praise him, the great I AM,
Payment of £10 is required for each entry: please pay by bank transfer to Sort Code 60-83-01 Account No. 2036 8023 (additional information would be Unity Trust Bank, The Guild of Church Musicians a/c). Please include the reference ‘Hymn’. You need not be a member of the Guild, but if you are not already a member, you are most welcome to join at https://gcm.org.uk/about-us/membership/
Please fill in the form below and then click on the Submit button once the form is completed. Once payment is received you will be sent (normally within 24 hours) the complete text that all entrants to the competition have to set to music. The closing date for submissions is 31 October 2020.
As announced in the recent issue of the Guild’s journal Laudate, a prize of £100 will be awarded for the winning entry, and there is the prospect of its being sung at a Guild event (God willing) in 2021.