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A specialist hymn festival is being held at the New Room in Bristol on 2 November, with a schedule of presentations that promises a fascinating insight into the lives of prominent hymn-writers and their music.

The venue, also known as John Wesley’s Chapel, has a distinguished hymn-related history of its own, having been the Bristol base in the mid-late eighteenth century of England’s most prolific hymn-writer, John’s brother Charles Wesley.

The key-note speaker will be hymn-writer and author Rev Dr Janet Wootton, who is executive president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and serves on the editorial team of Worship Live and Feminist Theology. She will illustrate her ‘Life In Hymns’ with some of the hymns that shaped her life, focusing particularly on those by women writers and on the influence of women like Susanna Wesley.

Another visiting speaker, Martin Leckebusch, who is executive vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland and has written more than 500 hymn texts, will describe ‘the roots and fruits of three decades of hymn writing.’

Presentations will also be made by the New Room’s historical consultant, Gary Best – whose talk about Susanna Wesley, mother of Charles, will reveal insights into her character and her unique role in helping shape the lives of John and Charles Wesley and the Methodist movement – and Philip Carter, the New Room’s director of music, who will offer an analysis of ‘Alternative Hymn Tunes.’ Philip has been an organ advisor for many years and devised and operated a basic organ training scheme for the Royal School of Church Music.

An hour-long lunch break will give guests the opportunity to visit the New Room museum as well as enjoying refreshments prepared in-house by the New Room’s award-winning Fairtrade café.
The day will be rounded off with a selected hour’s worth of classic hymns sung in the 18th Century chapel.

The event will run from 10am to 4.15pm on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Tickets – £25 or £20 for students – are available on Eventbrite Lunch and visits to the New Room museum and – at the end of the day – nearby Charles Wesley’s House are included in the ticket price.

For information, email or phone 0117 926 4740.

The New Room’s chamber organ, made by John Snetzler in 1761