Since writing the words of the hymn ‘Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord’ fifty years ago, Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith has arguably become one of the best-known hymnwriters of our time. He has over 300 hymn texts to his credit. Born in 1926, he was educated at Tonbridge School, Pembroke College Cambridge, and trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall. His hymn-writing continued through a series of clerical appointments – the most senior being as Bishop of Thetford from 1981 until his retirement eleven years later.
During 2011, Bishop Timothy was honoured with the RSCM’s highest honorary award, that of Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (FRSCM). Here you can hear Bishop Timothy discussing several subjects; the impact of the King James Bible and Hymns Ancient and Modern, both of which had significant anniversaries in 2011.
Bishop Timothy also wrote the set text for the Harold Smart Composition Competition in 2011. Entrants were asked to set three verses of his new hymn ‘How shall we sing salvation’s song’. On this page you can hear him talking about his own experience of hymn-writing, and the essential ingredients for a good hymn. Click on the appropriate link below for more details of the competition.
This podcast was produced for the RSCM by Stuart Robinson and is a WSR Media Ltd production.