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Paul's 'Darwin Close' hymn tune to be included in new Hymns Ancient and Modern

Following the growing popularity of Paul's hymn tune 'Darwin Close' to Tom Wright's words 'You shall go out with joy' Hymns Amncient & Modern are to publish it in the book's new edition.

Darwin Close is the lovely enclosed 'close' to the west side of Lichfield Cathedral at the rear of Paul's house between the cathedral and the Erasmus Darwin House museum. It is a recreation of an 18th century herb garden which reflects one of Darwin's (Charles Darwin's grandfather) abiding interests.  Paul's hymn tune was written to form the final number of Part One of his large-scale Easter Oratorio. It has been taken up by many churches and cathedrals since its composition and also published in the RSCM's volume The Word Revealed which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2012. It is wonderful to see it now included in a mainstream hymn book for the first time.

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