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

Charity Registration: 290556 ~ VAT Registration: GB 740 0857 49

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The Pratt Green Trust is a charity set up in 1984 by the Methodist hymn writer Dr Fred Pratt Green, principally as a means of deploying the royalty income from his hymns for the benefit of authors, composers and users of Hymnody.

The objects of the Pratt Green Trust are:

  1. to advance public education in the field of church music and other music suitable for religious purposes and in the field of hymnody;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

A report highlighting the work of the Trust is now available here:

When in Our Music

Revd Dr Andrew Pratt (Chair and Joint Editor of HymnQuest)
Revd Dr Graham Adams
Ms Jane Beeson
Revd Robert Canham
Ms Bernadette Farrell
Revd Don Pickard (Joint Editor of HymnQuest)
Dr Janet Wootton (Deputy Chair)

Treasurer (dealing with Trust Matters one day a month)
Mr David Fairclough ~ e-mail: pgtcentre@googlemail.com

Cheques should be sent to the Treasurer at Flat 3, Strathclyde Court, 191 Green Lane, Edgware  HA8 8BL.