Wise and confident hymn choosing

Selecting suitable hymns and songs for a service can have a radically positive effect on worship. This session explores how to make the right choices from the many books and resources available, including the recently-released Revised English Hymnal.

15:00-15:45 27 April 2024


Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas is author of Resounding Body: Building Christlike Church Communities Through Music (Sacristy Press, 2020), an associate tutor at RSCM and a freelance church musician working mainly with Anglican and Methodist churches in Bedfordshire. Andy has served as Director of Music for a variety of churches and community choirs in Sheffield and London. His (fabulous, challenging) experience at St John's, Waterloo inspired his book, where he built a choir from scratch despite being assured it could not be done. Andy is passionate about the power of music to grow and invigorate church communities, and is particularly keen to support those with limited musical resources.

Tim Ruffer

Tim Ruffer has been Head of Publishing at the RSCM since 2002, in which role he acts as Music Consultant to Hymns Ancient & Modern, sustaining a long-held tradition going back to Sir Sydney Nicholson's editorship of the hymnbook. He was a member of the editorial committee for 'Sing Praise' and chaired the editorial committee for 'Ancient & Modern–Hymns & Songs for refreshing worship', published in 2013. He is also co-ordinator of the highly-regarded 'Sunday by Sunday' magazine. Tim is Joint Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Fordingbridge and a deputy lay-vicar at Salisbury Cathedral. 


Adrian Bawtree
James Gilchrist
William McVicker
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
Roxanna Panufnik
Carl Jackson
Alexander L’Estrange
Andrea Haines
Nicholas Riddle
Ebor Singers
Alison Barrington
Victoria Johnson
Pete Gunstone
Tansy Castledine
Peter Asprey
Robert Sharpe
Philip Moore
Andy Thomas