Some recent and unpublished hymns of Canon Patrick Appleford are now available for free downloading from this website. Individuals, parishes and schools are welcome to make copies for their own use. All may be sung in unison, many also have harmony for choirs. They can be sung to whatever accompaniment is available, or simply read as prayerful reflections.
Words and music : Patrick Appleford
Music Editor and second part for The Grace: Eric Withams
Music Editor and descant for Friend and Brother : Eric Withams
SATB arrangement and Descant for Centenary Hymn: James Davy
1 Jesu, Redeemer, You Set Us Free:
A hymn to mark the centenary of the diocese, celebrating the freedoms we enjoy as Christians and the challenge to use them for the common good.
2 Jesus is with us:
A hymn reflecting on the Christian greeting The Lord be with you and the importance of simply being with people who need us.
3 Friend and Brother:
A hymn based on the prayer of St Richard of Chichester (d.1253) which he wrote in refreshingly informal English, in contrast to the formality of the Latin liturgy.
4 A Christmas Carol:
A carol adapted from the lyric in the medieval mystery play THE PASSION with a tune that is fun and easy to sing. It can be adapted for any festival:
5 An Easter Carol:
A new lyric to the same tune (from MUSIC FOR THE PASSION commissioned for the performance in Chelmsford Cathedral in 2012.)
6 Mary’s Song: ‘I sing of God’s greatness’ (Magnificat):
A lyric freely interpreting the Magnificat. Music from the cantata “Messiah Comes to Town”, edited by Simon Harvey.
7 Simeon’s Song: ‘Now I have seen my Saviour’ (Nunc Dimittis):
A lyric freely interpreting the Nunc Dimittis. Music from the cantata “Messiah Comes to Town”, edited by Simon Harvey.
8 A Folk Song for Saint Cedd:
Tells the story of Saint Cedd sailing from Lindisfarne to Bradwell to bring his Christian faith to the East Saxons, (who gave their name to Essex).
9 Simon Peter: A hymn for Petertide, exploring how Peter’s experiences with Jesus can inspire the church today to love like Jesus, excluding none.
10 The Coming of the Spirit:
A hymn celebrating the coming of the Spirit not only at Pentecost, but again and again into our lives – and to those who differ from us.
11 Crown Him the King of Love:
As a postscript at ninety I shall include a sensible lyric for the tune DIADEMATA, celebrating the love of God that enfolds us all.
Music: Diademata by George Elvey
12 The Grace
A thoughtful and unhurried piece for two sopranos.
A gently flowing hymn comprised of Patrick’s signature triplets, based on the well known commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you”
Any or all of these may be downloaded for free, and individuals, schools or churches may make copies for their own use. All may be sung in unison; many also have harmony for choirs. They can be sung to whatever accompaniment is available, or simply read as prayerful reflections.