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Hymns and hymn writers from the Reformation

25 October 2017

This year sees the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Ninety-five Theses. The Dictionary includes a number of entries on Reformation hymns and hymn writers...

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New articles published in 2017

23 October 2017

New articles published in 2017:

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If music be the food of love

17 February 2017

This month we look at different styles of musical accompaniment...

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Hymns not in English

13 January 2017

The Dictionary includes entries for a number of hymns in languages other than English. Here we highlight just a few...

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New articles published in 2016

31 December 2016

New articles published in 2016

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Christmas hymns and carols

27 November 2016

We look at the history of some popular Advent, Christmas and Epiphany hymns and carols...

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80th birthday of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland

28 October 2016

This year, the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland celebrates its 80th birthday.

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New articles you may have missed this summer

08 September 2016

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology continues to grow, with new articles and updates published every month. Here are just a few highlights from the entries published this summer.

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New articles published in 2015

25 September 2015

Added to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology in 2015...

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Summer conferences

28 May 2015

Ask us about the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology at one of these conferences.

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Famous faces on our homepage

30 March 2015

Find out more about the hymn writers featured on our homepage...

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New articles published in 2014

09 December 2014

Since its launch the editors have added over 200 new articles to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Here are just a few highlights...

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Give the Dictionary as a gift!

02 December 2014

Perfect for anyone interested in sacred music or church history, gift subscriptions to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology are now available to buy online.

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An interview with the editors (The Hymn)

08 October 2014

Tina M. Schneider interviews the editors of the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology for The Hymn journal.

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Review from Choice Magazine

02 May 2014

Since its founding in 1936, one of the aims of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland has been to produce an updated version of John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, which was originally published in 1892, with a revised edition in 1907. But in the age of the physical book, expanding and updating a tome that already ran to over 1,700 pages proved too daunting....

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Review from Pastoral Music Magazine

01 March 2014

In 1892, John Julian, an Anglican priest who wrote several books about hymns, created a Dictionary of Hymnology, which he revised with a Supplement in 1907. Published in two volumes, with 1,768 pages of small type and multiple authors, it has been the standard and trustworthy English language reference for hymnody since then. Numerous attempts throughout the twentieth century were made to update or replace it. Finally, in November 2013, after more than a decade of work, The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology was launched as its replacement.

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Events schedule

17 January 2014

Find out more about the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology at one of these meetings...

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Review from the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

15 January 2014

It is billed as the "Public Launch of the Impossible Task." A feat ten years in the making, The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is designed to be the successor to A Dictionary of Hymnology edited by John Julian, first published in 1892 with a 1907 revision that went through multiple printings over the years...

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Endorsement from Karen B Westerfield Tucker

14 January 2014

"The long-awaited Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is an extraordinary resource for scholars in numerous fields, worship leaders, and hymn lovers of all ages and interests...

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Endorsement from I-to Loh

13 January 2014

“The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is a timely welcome publication for the expanded new world of hymnody...

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Endorsement from Nicholas Temperley

07 January 2014

"This is an amazing resource. It inaugurates a new era in the study of hymns and hymn tunes."

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New login options for institutions

02 January 2014

Set up IP authentication or a referring URL to provide your members with automatic access to the dictionary...

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AAR-SBL meeting in Baltimore

03 December 2013

Thank you to everyone who visited the Dictionary of Hymnology stand at the recent AAR-SBL meeting in Baltimore...

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Endorsement from Don E. Saliers

02 December 2013

"As a teacher of liturgy and worship, organist and choir director, I find the new Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology an increasingly valuable resource. The well-informed articles range widely...

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Endorsement from The Charles Wesley Society

18 November 2013

"Do you care about the church? Do you want to know about its music? Access the new Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology and prepare to plunge into a seemingly never ending well of useful information...

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Endorsement from National Association of Pastoral Musicians

17 November 2013

"Congratulations on the launch of The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Of course, it is more than a dictionary of Hymnology, for it contains extensive biographical information of composers of varies styles of music...

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Endorsement from The Hymn Society

14 November 2013

"I am so pleased to have the long-awaited Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology available for use. This resource brings together biographies and topical articles that have not been available before or existed in scattered locations that made access difficult...

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American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature

07 November 2013

Are you attending the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) meeting in Baltimore? If so please come and see us - we will be there to launch the Dictionary in the US: booth #1719.

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Endorsement from American Society of Church History

05 November 2013

“The new Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is a tremendous resource for scholars just at a time when the hymns are being studied afresh by literary critics, historians, theologians, musicologists, and others...

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Launch Conference

01 November 2013

Thanks to the University of Bristol, UK, for hosting a wonderful launch conference to mark publication of the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Over 80 delegates enjoyed a couple of days of scholarship and hospitality. Thanks to all involved.

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