WATCH | Keith & Kristyn Getty record special Christmas Hymn Sing in Londonderry
World renowned Northern Ireland hymnwriters, Keith and KristUni Getty have travelled to St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry/Londonderry with their four daughters, to honour hymnwriter Cecil Frances Alexander by recording some Christmas hymns for a special Christmas Family Hymn Sing.
The hymn ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, and many other great hymns of faith including ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, were written by Cecil Frances Alexander who was married to the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe.
Known for their landmark musical concerts, Sing Global, Keith and Kristyn are taking their live music online and hosting a Christmas Family Hymn Sing, that will be available on their Facebook and You Tube channels for all of Christmas week.
The free online musical event is aimed at bringing the hope and peace of Christ’s birth to the whole community at this difficult time.
As for many in the music industry, the pandemic redefined every part of the Getty’s work.
The talented musicians wanted to reach out and help people through their music. In the summer, Kristyn Getty launched her “Evensong” album to give people hymns and lullabies to help them through these difficult times. This album knocked Disney’s Frozen 2 soundtrack off the top spot in the US Kid’s Album chart.
Continuing their landmark event online, Sing Global in August was attended by over 16,000 full registrants with over 60,000 as part of the global audience in seven languages. This year, the Getty’s Family Hymn Sings had over 6 million viewers and became a 22-part series on American TV.
As the pandemic worsens again and Northern Ireland faces another lockdown, the Getty’s hope to bring some peace and comfort to people with festive hymns and music.
Speaking ahead of the carol service Keith Getty OBE said:
“Coronavirus has impacted every aspect of life, with this Christmas being very different from any other year. However, the power of music and song still stands tall, bringing emotions of hope, joy and peace – something we all need this year.
“We are thrilled to be honouring a legend of hymn writing. Cecil Frances Alexander’s music transcends time and still holds prominence in today’s Christian faith. Her Christmas Hymn ‘Once in Royal David City’ stunningly tells the story of Jesus’ birth, and acts as a reminder of the miracle of Christmas.
“This year has shown the very best in people, especially the incredible frontline workers. Our carol service is a small token of gratitude and an opportunity to say thank you through song and worship. We hope people across Northern Ireland join us to celebrate the birth of Christ and spread some festive joy in a very unusual Christmas.”
The Getty’s also hope to raise money for Voice of the Martyrs in aid of Christians around the world who are being persecuted.