November 2018 will mark 100 years since Armistice Day and the end of the First World War.

Jubilate are launching a national competition to find a new hymn of peace for the churches to sing at Remembrance services and throughout this centenary year.

The competition is open to all UK hymn writers, published or unpublished, as we seek the very best hymn. Entries will be judged anonymously. We’re looking for both standalone hymn texts (which will be set to a new or existing tune) and complete hymns.

The closing date for entries will be 8 April 2018.​

Sorry - the competition is now closed.

What is a Hymn of Peace?

There can be a blurred line between a ‘hymn’ and a ‘worship song’. We intuitively know what both are, but can think of many exceptions that cross the boundaries, so we’re not imposing stylistic musical boundaries here. For the purposes of this competition, ‘hymn’ should be understood to mean a congregationally singable song with lyrical substance, a metrical scheme and a clear harmonic structure. Thematically it will be Christian in content, on a theme of peace and appropriate for Remembrance services. The finer details are up to you!

For further guidance on what constitutes a good hymn, see these two articles by Martin Leckebusch on the Jubilate and Hymn Society websites.

The Winning Hymn

The winning hymn will be published and widely publicised by Jubilate. It will be sung in both York Minster and St Paul’s Cathedral at their centenary services.

The winning hymn will also be recorded and released as a single. It will be sung by celebrated baritone, Jonathan Veira, produced by Mark Edwards and feature members of the All Souls Orchestra, conducted by Noël Tredinnick.

Other hymns achieving the ‘highly commended’ mark may also be considered for publication by Jubilate.

The Judging Panel

Rev Canon Peter Moger
Precentor of York Minster; formerly National Worship Development Officer for the Church of England and chair of the Liturgical Commission; chair of Jubilate’s parent charity, the Song & Hymn Writers Foundation.
Anne Harrison
Music Editor of Praxis News and committee member of the Hymn Society of Great Britain & Ireland; formerly co-ordinator of the RSCM’s Sunday by Sunday; 2017 recipient of a Lambeth award for services to worship; trustee of the Song & Hymn Writers Foundation.
Dr Noël Tredinnick
Organist and Director of Music at All Souls, Langham Place and conductor of the renowned All Souls Orchestra and Prom Praise; professor of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; composer and arranger of countless hymn tunes; chair of Jubilate Hymns and patron of the Song & Hymn Writers Foundation.
Jonathan Veira
Celebrated bass baritone, known both for his 30+ years on the operatic stage and his popular solo concerts and albums featuring many new and well-loved hymns; regular broadcaster on BBC radio and television.
Martin Leckebusch
Prolific author of over 500 hymn texts appearing in numerous hymn books; chair of Jubilate’s Texts Advisory Group; Executive Vice-President of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.