Scored for: Congregation, SATB Choir with piano, bass, drums, tenor sax and 2 trumpets
Duration: 3 minutes 30
Other Info: Will Todd's jazz arrangement of the Blaenwern tune by William Penfro Rowlands (1860-1937) was written for the BBC Pentecost service live broadcast in 2018 at St Martin-in-the-Fields. This uplifting congregational and choir arrangement blends smoking jazz riffs and strong vocal harmony.
The compound-time arrangement of God is Love, which can also be sung to the supplied words of Charles Wesley’s hymn Love Divine, again adds more of Todd’s iconic jazz harmonies and textures in the vocal parts with each successive verse.
The hymns can be performed using the supplied piano part or embellished using the chord symbols above. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols, and parts for optional jazz ensemble are available here. Performers of these hymns should feel free to include the congregation or audience in imaginative ways.
Three Jazz Hymns is published by Boosey and Hawkes in printed format. The instrumental parts are available in downloadable digital format here.