A brand new CD recording featuring a selection of much-loved hymns is currently available in Hereford Cathedral Shop.

The Day Thou Gavest is sung by Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir and features a collection of music and hymns appropriate for people to remember their loved ones. The collection was compiled as a resource for families and clergy who may be looking for musical guidance during the mourning process but Peter Dyke, director of Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir, stresses that the collection is far from gloomy!

“I am sure people will enjoy listening to The Day Thou Gavest. When I put on the final edit in the car I found it impossible not to sing along with these fantastic pieces, spurred on by the choir’s singing and the accompaniment on the wonderful Hereford Willis organ.”

Hymns featured on the CD, including Amazing Grace, Abide with me and The Day Thou Gavest, are strong and positive whilst telling a story of compassion, comfort, and the Christian hope of eternal life. Also included are four choir items (including Parry’s There is an old belief, and Peter Dyke’s own Night Song), a soprano solo (Pie Jesu, from Fauré’s Requiem), three organ solos and a plainsong Nunc Dimittis.

The CD is not only suitable for those who have been bereaved but is also an enjoyable listen for anyone – filled with beautiful hymns, directed by Peter Dyke and accompanied by Simon Bland and Jeremy Cole on organ. The Day Thou Gavest is available from the Cathedral Shop for £10.


The Day Thou Gavest

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

(t: John Ellerton 1826-93 m: St Clement - C. Scholefield 1839-1904)

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide

(t: H.F.Lyte 1793-1847 m: Eventide -W.H Monk 1823-89)

Never weather beaten sail

(m: Thomas Campion t: ed. E.H.Fellowes)

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

(t: H.F.Lyte 1793-1847 m: John Goss 1800-80)

The King of Love my Shepherd is

(t: H.W.Baker 1821-77 m: Domin us Regit Me - J.B.Dykes 1823-76)

Organ - Vor deinen Thron tret' ich BWV 668 - JS Bach

lmmortal, invisible, God only wise

(t: W.Chalmers Smith 1824-1908 m: St Denio - from a Welsh song)

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy

(t: Jan Struther 1901-53 m: Slane - traditional Irish melody)

Choir - There is an old belief

(t. John Gibson Lockhart 1794-1854 m: Hubert Parry 1848-1918)

Jesu, lover of my soul

(t: Charles Wesley 1708 -88 m: Aberytswyth - Joseph Parry 1841-1903)

O Thou who camest from above

(t: Charles Wesley 1708-88 m: S.S.Wesley 1810-76)

Choir - Night Song

(t: Elizabeth Jennings 1926-2001 m: Peter Dyke b.1965)

Organ - Nimrod from Enigma Variations - Edward Elgar, 1857-1934 tr. Peter Dyke

Solo: Pie Jesu, Domine, dona eis requiem Gabriel Faure

Requiem. Elizabeth Allen, Soprano

O Love divine, how sweet thou art!

(t: Charles Wesley 1708-88 m: S.S.Wesley 1810-76)

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want

(t: Scottish psalter 1650 m: Crimf?nd - J.S. Irvine 1836-87)

A Prayer - O Lord, within my heart forever

(t: F.W.Harvey 1888-1957 m: John Sanders 1933-2003)

Now is eternal life

(t: G.W.Briggs 1875-1959 m: Christchurch - Charles Steggall 1826-1905)

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound

(t: John Newton 1725-1807 m: Anon)

Organ - Hymn Prelude on 'Rhosymedre' - Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

(t: W.Williams tr: P.Williams m: Cwm Rhondda - J. Hughes 1873-1932)

Love divine, all loves excelling

(t: Charles Wesley m: Blaenwern - William Rowlands 1860-1937)

Nunc Dimittis

Plainsong, Tone 2 - Solo: Annie Kay