Jan Ambrose reviews FourHymn’s first CD

The Rink’s own boy band, FourHymn, made its debut to tumultuous applause at the annual Expressions Concert in 2015. And more traditionally minded Salvationist music lovers, who may have a sense of dread about a Salvation Army boy band, believing that it will comprise twanging guitars and rock-style vocals, all delivered at maximum volume, need have no fear. ‘Boy band’ in this instance refers to the youth of its four members (Nick Hampton, Joe Rose, Nathanael Watchorn and Karl Westwood), who all serve faithfully in the sections at Regent Hall.

FourHymn delivers a sincere Christian message in an elegant and contemporary manner that has something to satisfy every musical taste. This has been evidenced by the response to its concerts throughout the country over the past year and the group’s appearance at the Army’s Congress in Harrogate, which is where the new CD, ‘This is amazing grace’, was launched.

The vocal style is distinctive: gentle but powerful, a pleasing mix of unison singing, close harmony and solo voice, with sympathetic accompaniments provided by, among others, Paul Scott (bass guitar) Brian Pomering (guitar), Alex Gibson (trumpet), Isobel Daws (trombone) and John Nkounkou (drums).

‘This is amazing grace’, the first track, is a triumphant and upbeat rendition of a modern gospel song, reminding the listener of the unfailing love of the King of Glory. It is followed by a sensitive performance of a recently released song, ‘How can it be’. Traditional and much-loved items feature in this glorious CD, which includes ‘I’m in His hands’ – with the comforting words ‘whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands’ – a beautiful new arrangement of ‘To be like Jesus’ and some timely seasonal offerings, such as the enduringly popular ‘O, holy night’ (the CD was released in November).

Featuring 12 songs and lasting for just under an hour, this is an excellent compilation of songs for meditation, reflection and relaxation. FourHymn is to be congratulated on its first CD, which will make a superb addition to the Christian music lover’s collection.


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An hour of amazing grace