skip to Main Content

‘MHP416’ Deep Harmony Hymnary


Brass band enthusiasts all over the world are aware of the name Handel Parker and, perhaps, his most famous hymn tune ‘Deep Harmony’. He was born in 1854 in Oxenhope and at the age of fourteen became the organist at Oxenhope Parish Church.
Although he was originally a flautist he became an accomplished professional musician and added the violin and trombone to his repertoire of instruments. He assisted many brass bands in the West Yorkshire area and was for over fifty years the conductor at Howarth Band.
Following his death in 1928 his family gave Joshua Duckworth, a local printer in Colne, a number of his manuscripts from which was published ‘The Deep Harmony Hymnary‘, a collection of some sixteen of his hymn tunes. ‘Deep Harmony’ was played regularly by the Black Dyke Mills Band and many more of the hymn tunes were recorded by a number of brass bands in the 1930s.
Having acquired a rare copy of the original hymnary we have recorded all of them recently with Geoffrey Proffitt as part of the celebration of the installation of the new organ at the beautiful Shore St Barnabas Church in Littleborough.
 

Latest Articles

The Collingwood Spirit MHP322

The Collingwood Spirit, MHP322, marks the completion of the work on the recording project with the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood. It has now gone off for production and…

“Carol of the Shepherds” MHP523

"Carol of the Shepherds" is the latest CD recording by the York-based Shepherd Group Brass Band. They are one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the country, made up…

Band of the Coldstream Guards Phase 3

We have completed the final aspect of our work with the Band of the Coldstream Guards. following our three recording dates with them in early April. The first section of…

Discussion

Back To Top
Search