Emmanuel Alum, John Ambrose, awarded Fellowship of the Hymn Society
Keith Hagerman; Matthew Boutda; Andrew Aitchison; John Joseph Mastandrea
Jason Locke; Paul Stott; John Ambrose; Fred Graham
Combined front rows:
Catherine Ambrose; Lindsay Smith; Maya Landell; Christina Labriola; Saya Ojiri; Nancy Hardy; Dierdre Lawrence; Lydia Pedersen
Every July, members of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada have an opportunity to meet to assess recent developments, and review the history of hymn text and hymn tune writing in the Christian tradition. Each evening is devoted to a “hymn sing” focussed on a topic. This year’s convention took place in Kitchener-Waterloo, based at Conrad Grebel College. The series of evening events focussed on the Lutheran canon to honour the 500th anniversary year and Martin Luther; on Black gospel worship; on songs and music from the Two-Thirds world; and on the final evening, an overview of Canadian contributions to the world of hymnody. The leader of the final evening, attended by over 700 people, was Fred Graham, who had also been commissioned to list the life achievements and contributions of John Ambrose, Past President of the Hymn Society, managing editor of the “Voices United” project, and twice an Emmanuel alumnus. John was unaware of the plan to award him the “Fellowship of the Hymn Society” (FHS) and was understandably overwhelmed and delighted! Congratulations from all of us, John!