Welcome!

 I have had a hand in composing everything here. Some pieces elaborate someone else’s work, but most are wholly my own. Most of the hymns and anthems were written to be offered in worship, and many of them have been. Many of the poems are dedicated to people for special occasions, but I trust they resonate more widely. I hope you can find much that you would like to download, whether for public worship or private use.

The earliest hymns and songs were composed between 1968 and 1979. Some of the hymns consist of my words to well-known tunes; others, of my music to well-known words. Most combine my words and music in new compositions.

Here is a taster of a poem, posted 3rd April 2021

 

AN-EASTER-DITTY

There are some hundred and eighty hymns, some anthems and hymn-anthems, a good number of songs, and quite a lot of poems. I plan in due course to add more hymns, songs, and poetry; some anthems as well.

A plain recording is attached to each hymn. Some use General MIDI Soundset, but most are MP3s , using either a Yamaha grand piano (thank you, Ray D’Inverno), or else Sibelius Sounds Essentials. I hope in due course to add some vocal recordings as well.

You are welcome to download from this site. I should be glad of feedback on the content, especially if you use any of this material in worship. I am not charging for downloads, but I do ask for donations, which I intend to pass on to the Bursary Fund of the Royal School of Church Music.

Happy browsing!

Doug Constable

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3 Replies to “Welcome!”

  1. Dear Doug, (if I may),
    My memories of you and Geoffrey Paul are as vivid as ever they can be, even though they must be 45 years old now. My wife Anne and I sneaked into Lee Abbey’s Christmas retreat for ordinands – twice! (we were officially only allow one stab at it).
    It was then and there that listening to Geoffrey and engaging in Lee Abbey’s worship that I discovered a freedom and liberty for my imagination. I am for ever grateful to Geoffrey and you for you ministry at Lee Abbey. I found my tongue anew and my imagination washed and recharged. Thank you.

    1. Dear David,
      I am ashamed to have taken so very long to acknowledge your warm greeting. Those Ordinands’ Conferences were among the highlights of the Lee Abbey year. It is wonderful to hear how your experiences there were so blessedly releasing.
      I see that you have retired to Fareham, in beloved Hampshire; Val and I were twenty years in Southampton, where an early colleague was a young woman from Fareham, Jane Hedges, now Dean of Norwich.
      I wish you and Anne all joy as you go on, safely, I hope.

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