Once More With Feeling


  • Published: 04 Oct 2007
  • Price: £12.99
  • Format: hardback
  • Extent: 224p
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-16-0
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You don’t have to go to choral practice or watch Songs of Praise to relish the great treasury of English hymns. Embedded deep in our national consciousness, hymns remain a source of comfort and joy at every occasion of note in our lives: weddings, funerals, prize-giving, even the FA cup final.

This collection has, alongside brief introductions by Rupert Christiansen, the words and tunes of all your favourite hymns and carols, and vocal lines for the traditional tunes. It will be irresistible to those with fond memories of school assembly, or a lingering affection for hard pews, stained-glass windows, and the resonant majesty of the King James Bible. It is a book for everyone, be they screeching soprano, booming contralto, growling baritone or thunderous bass – in or out of tune – who enjoys the opportunity to lift up their hearts and sing.


Rupert Christiansen has been writing about music for over twenty years, and is currently opera critic and arts columnist for the Daily Telegraph. His other books include Prima Donna, Romantic Affinities, Paris Babylon, The Visitors, Arthur Hugh Clough, Faber Pocket Guide to Opera and The Complete Book of Aunts. He is affectionate towards the traditions of the Church of England, and sings its hymns in a forthright baritone, usually out of tune.