During the weekend 29 April – 1 May 2017 David Bathurst of Yapton, West Sussex, will attempt to sing all 401 hymns in the BBC Songs Of Praise Hymnbook from memory, supported by a team of organists. The hymnbook includes a fine range of hymns old and new, and David is confident that everyone’s own favourite hymn is to be found within the collection.
David is no stranger to feats of memory, having recited, among other things, the entire New Testament from memory in Boxgrove Priory in 2014 and the entire works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Arundel Priory Playhouse in 2004.

David  will sing blocks of 25 hymns interspersed with 15 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch break in the middle of each day. He will sing the hymns in the order they appear in the book, but with sufficient notice would be up for the odd “encore” or could even sing a different tune to that planned.

Everyone is welcome to come along at any time during the weekend to listen and to sing along to their favourite hymns, and ask one or more to be dedicated to a loved one.
Refreshments, including home-made cakes, will be available throughout.
Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for FSH. Representatives from the charity will be on hand to give more information about the work of the hospices.

If you would like to sponsor David, find out when your favourite hymn will be sung, and/or ask David to dedicate a particular hymn to a loved one, please call him on 01243 551467 or email him at davidbathurst@btinternet.com

Alternatively, you can donate via David’s JustGiving page


Donation that don’t qualify for Gift Aid can be made via Bank Transfer (BACS)
Our bank account details are: Metro Bank, Sort Code: 23-05-80, Account No: 21145696, Ref: Hymnathon  (BACS payments are not subject to a payment processing fee)


St George’s Church, Eastergate, Near Chichester. PO20 3UX   Find venue»

Saturday 29th April,  9.30-5.30
Sunday 30th April, 12 noon to 5.30

Monday 1st May, 9.30-5.30