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Hymns with orchestral accompaniment

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and offers.
The original request was for hymn suggestions and sources for hymns with
orchestration for a small orchestra with traditional setting.

Check out the John Rutter hymn settings published by Hinshaw - there are
15 of them, all orchestrated, (some with harp) for festival and
congregational use. "O God Our Help in Ages Past," "Amazing Grace."
etc etc.
Oxford University Press has a pretty extensive selection of hymns with
orchestral accompaniments. Composers range from Handel to Rutter to Mack
Wilberg. I'm attaching a link to the complete Oxford
University Press Choral Catalog.
"Word" has published an instrumentalists hymnal. All the parts are
already broken out and you just buy the books appropriate to your
ensemble. The arrangements are compelling. Be sure that you also get
the piano edition since it has some added interest in the accompaniment
there as well.
I write arrangements for my instrumental ensembles for my own ministry,
but mainly for Easter and Christmas, and these include winds, strings,
brass, and percussion, tailored to whatever I have for any particular
year. I would be happy to write arrangements for you for those things
you want to do. Nick Palmer (includes some audio
Check Oxford University Press. Plenty of hymns there, arr. by Willcocks,
Rutter, and others. Rental, alas, but some for sale too. Also St. James
Music Press, a small outfit in Hopkinsville, KY, who publishes some
arrangements, perhaps only for brass, but maybe for orch too. AND, of
course, there is an unending bounty of arrangments from "joshandnancy" --
very good ones, I understand. Do 'em yourself. You know the parts you
need, and the ability of the players. You don't need to be fancy --
simply score out the SATB hymn. Or, do that and write an 8-bar intro, or
a coda, or add descant in upper instruments, or do one verse strings
only, one brass, or tpt solo against stgs -- and on and on. Why pay the
money for something you can do for yourself, just as well or better,
since the arr. will be tailored to your own players? Go for it.
Holst has two settings of Psalm 86 and Psalm !48 (which I think is All
Creatures of our God and King--lasst uns erfreuen) that are orcehstrated
and fantastic. Psalm 148 is particularily Easter-appropriate.
I have two anthems which use brass and timpani. Your request implies
strings, but I'll at least tell you about these two in case you are
1. "Jesus Shall Reign" (DUKE STREET) (optional text: "I Know That My
Redeemer Lives") 425-401 (SATB , organ, brass quintet, timp., opt.
Selah Publishing Co. 1-800-852-6172
2. "Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation" (WESTMINSTER) (SATB, handbells,
brass, organ, timpani) Alliance Music Publications, Inc. 713-868-9980
These are both straightforward, "classic," English-style settings. I
hope you will take a look at them. Sincerely. Edwin T. Childs
I make custom orchestrations, using Finale, for church orchestras using
traditional hymns, etc. in the Public Domain. Prices usually range from
$20 per hymn (includes score and parts for small orchestra) and up (for
full symphonic, customized descants, free harmonizations, etc.)
Professor of Orchestration at Louisiana State University and now (in
semi-retirement) at Loyola U. in New Orleans and over twenty years
experience in doing this and other professional orchestrations for
musicians in the NO area. Let me know what you'd like and I'll be
delighted to quote you a very attractive price. Jerry F. Davidson,
Ph.D., MSacMus, AAGO jfd112(a)
In the Fred Waring Library we have the following with orchestra
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
God Of Our Fathers
The Lord's Prayer
Lead On Oh King Eternal
Onward Christian Soldiers
Open The Gates of the Temple
Sometime you might consider Roy Ringwald's "Song of Easter" which also
has orchestral accompaniment. (and his "Song of Christmas" and "The Holy
City") Had to get a plug in.
I am in the process of orchestrating Stainer's "The Crucifixion" have
have completed all of the hymns. The last one, entitled, 'For the Love of
Jesus' sounds awesome (IMHO) with orchestra. My instrumentation is
Strings, timp, trumpet, flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon, but I have
made the hymn orchestrations VERY flexible, due to the nature of them
having many verses. I'd be happy to send you a sample page from the score
if you are interested. Just reply with your snail mail addy. Craig
Thanks again to all!

Josh and Nancy Peterson, Directors of Music
1st United Presbyterian -- 1303 Royal Heights Rd.
Belleville IL, 62223 -- (618) 233-0295 -- 233-0490 (fax) -- joshandnancy(a)

on February 25, 2004 10:00pm
I am very interested in receiving a sample page from "The Crucifixion". Is it possible to send it to:

Thank you so much!
Emi Cristescu
on September 10, 2005 10:00pm
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on May 18, 2006 10:00pm
I am very interested in receiving a sample page from "The Crucifixion". Is it possible to send it to:

Audy Moya Rodr
on November 10, 2007 10:00pm
Yes, do please send me a sample of the orchestrated Crucifixion.... My choir will be doing it This Good Friday, and I would be interested in seeing it.

Gordon Wright
on January 22, 2009 10:00pm
HI all

For a really good list of Hymns with Band accompaniment check out

Best wishes

Mark Armstrong