A charity whose principal aim is to further the cause of hymnody

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About The Pratt Green Trust

The Pratt Green Trust’s aim is to further the cause of hymnody. It seeks to achieve this by allocating grants to organisations and individuals whose work falls within that area. Over three decades the charity’s trustees have followed the hymnwriter’s wishes that they should concentrate on projects that are unlikely otherwise to be fulfilled, and to spend funds, rather than hoard them for undefined future needs.

A detailed report entitled When in Our Music God is Glorified, highlighting the work of the trust, is now available.

The objects of the Pratt Green Trust are:

  • to advance public education in the field of church music and other music suitable for religious purposes and in the field of hymnody;
  • to provide prizes, scholarships, bursaries and other grants for church musicians and musicians concerned with the composition and rendering of religious music and for hymn writers;
  • to make donations to otherwise further the objects of other charities carrying on in whole or in part objects similar to the objects set out above.

The Trustees are anxious to follow the wishes of Fred Pratt Green that they should concentrate on projects that would otherwise be unlikely to be fulfilled, and that they should spend funds rather than hoard them for undefined future needs. A major project that fulfils both these conditions is HymnQuest, a database of over 30,000 hymns and songs that was first published in May 2000 and has been updated and improved in each succeeding year.

The Trust regularly supports the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland and other hymnody-related projects and organisations, as well as assisting individual students of hymnody and helping with training days for hymn writers. It also assists overseas hymnbook compilers, in particular making possible the publication of the first Roman Catholic Hymn Book in Latvian as well as hymnals in Antigua, Brazil and the Cameroon. Its funds support of the Pratt Green Collection in the Library of the University of Durham, where Fred Pratt Green’s remarkable scrap books are held.

In 2001 the Trust also produced a memorial volume by Bernard Braley entitled Serving God and God’s Creatures to celebrate the life and work of its founder, Fred Pratt Green.