As the tennis courts were rained out today I decided to fill up the empty space with another hymn; by one of my favourite composers // setting writers: Ralph Vaughan-Willliams.
Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, Kingsfold is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland.
The tune was published in English Country Songs (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having heard the tune in Kingsfold, Sussex, England (thus its name), Ralph Vaughan Williams ntroduced it as a hymn tune in The English Hymnal (1906) as a setting for Horatius Bonar's "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say".
Shaped in classic rounded bar form (AABA), KINGSFOLD has modal character and is both dignified and strong. It is well suited to either unison or harmony singing.
The introductory intro is by Charles Callahan.
The last verse setting is by Noel Rawthorne.
(I bought his "250 last verses (Volume 1) for about 30 quid so you'll be inundated by his last verses as I intend to get my money's worth of it! :)