Abide with me

I’ve had a very busy day today so haven’t had time to write anything significant, but I just remembered this piece that I heard a few weeks ago and thought I’d take the opportunity to share it. The hymn Abide with Me sung to the tune Eventide by William Henry Monk is a piece that makes me quite nostalgic as I remember it coming up quite frequently during Evensong when I sang in the Church choir in Benwell when I was little. It’s also well known as the hymn that was always sung before the start of the FA Cup Final.

Anyway, I’m not really a huge fan of brass bands, but I think this arrangement of Eventide for brass instruments by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins is very beautiful. On this recording it’s played by the Cory Band.

6 Responses to “Abide with me”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Abide With Me was written by man dying of TB and is wonderful.

    In the 1990s I recall listening to a (section of a?) radio programme about it, one evening and almost certainly Radio 4. I was in my car eating fish and chips, in fact. They included an upbeat version – same tune – by a group of African Christians and, remarkably in view of the words, it still worked. I’ve been trying to find it ever since.

    • telescoper Says:

      There are two hymns that always evoke vivid memories of the church choir. One is Abide with Me. The other is The Day Thou gavest Lord has ended.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Hills of the North, Rejoice?

      • Dave Carter Says:

        Both common for funerals, the second is also very much associated with the Royal Navy. Although its a long time ago, I have a memory that these were the two hymns at my grandmother’s funeral. There was a strong naval connection in the family.

      • telescoper Says:

        I once went to a wedding at which the main hymn was For those in Peril on the Sea.. 🙃

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Eternal Father Strong to Save (…for those in peril on the sea) is another I choke up when singing. These are hymns I loved while an atheist! There’s also a version of Eternal Father adapted for those in peril in the air, which appears briefly in the film of The Right Stuff.

        Reverting to Abide With Me, I do enjoy singing “Change and decay in all around I see” with gusto…

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