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Hymns Without Words – Free Quality MP3 Hymns

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Hymns Without Words is a free service providing high quality recording of hymns for use by congregations and choirs. Feel free to browse and download the tracks for your personal or church use. A complete A-Z list is available here. Music for instrumental interludes can be found here.

Major New Album – J.S. Bach: Apprentice to Master

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is revered as some of the greatest compositions ever written, but even Bach was young at one time, and this collection of the complete Preludes and Fugues for Organ follows the progression of Bach’s church music from a teenage apprentice to mature master of his art. It took nearly a year from conception to release.

We are especially honoured to dedicate the album to King Charles III for his coronation.

Producing this album was a nine-month transformative process of learning for Richard, who was also undergoing treatment for cancer in his lungs and his brain. He had often found, with many recordings of Bach’s organ works, that the music is lost in loud echoey chords and over-dramatic changes in tempo. This album therefore maintains a clarity that brings out the competing parts in the counterpoint and identifies the dance rhythms that are always at the heart of Bach’s music.

It was both a musical and sometimes an emotional challenge for Richard, dealing with the youthful exuberance of the young Bach and the later expressions of anguish and personal tragedy as Bach grew older, and finally the mastery of his maturity.

Links to all good streaming services can found by clicking here. To enjoy the highest quality listening, you can buy a copy of the double CD Album by clicking here. £2.50 will be donated to Cancer Research for each copy sold.

Quality Free MP3 Recordings of Hymns, Carols and Other Works

Hymns Without Words is a service providing quality Free MP3 recordings of hymns and other music for services to accompany choirs and congregations. The website was established in 2007 and has had millions of visitors.

The music is used in churches of different denominations around the world and in live streams from Zoom, YouTube etc. We welcome people of all faiths to use these recordings in their worship, and we welcome requests for new recordings and new hymns to add to our ever-expanding repertoire.

Recordings are often refreshed, and new recordings added, so please keep coming back to see what is new.  Click Here for a list of all the hymns on Hymns Without Words and Click Here for a list of purely instrumental pieces for music, before after services and the bits in between.

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A New Mass

Richard Irwin’s son Conrad has written a new mass for four unaccompanied voices. It was premiered in San Francisco in 2022 with Eric Choate conducting.

Click on this link to listen to a recording beautifully conducted by David Simkins with professional singers from Bristol University. The recording can be used as an accompaniment to a communion service, or you can download the score for free. A Mass In Waltz Time

New Hymns

There are many thousands of hymns, and we at Hymns Without Words have only recorded a small fraction. Therefore, we have decided to open the platform to other artists. If you have recorded a hymn that you believe should be included in our collection, then please submit it here.

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As Bright as a Rose Baptismal Anthem

Written as a christening present for a granddaughter, As Bright As A Rose is a beautiful Baptismal Anthem for SATB, conducted and recorded by David Simkins.

Find it on Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal and Spotify

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