Hymn 3 - Argyll and The Isles
Composed for the Valedictory Holy Eucharist
For Right Rev'd Martin Shaw
St Columba, Gruline, Isle of Mull - 2009

In 2004 our diocese of Argyll and The Isles elected a new bishop. Rev'd Canon Martin Shaw had been Sub-Dean and Precentor at Saint Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk. I got to know Bishop Martin very well as we often travelled together to Church meetings. I was a member of General Synod and the Faith and Order Board. In August 2009 Bishop Martin celebrated a Solemn High Mass to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Niall Campbell, 10th Duke of Argyll, principal patron of All Saints Church, Inveraray and benefactor of the town's famous bell tower. For this prestigious service I was invited to be Sub-Deacon.

When Bishop Martin retired in 2009 I arranged a Valedictory Holy Eucharist for his last visit to Mull, and, again, I composed a hymn and melody. The text comprised a major rewrite of my Blackburn hymn Regina Caeli. The melody was new and I was fortunate to get our Church organist Alison Bartholomew to harmonise it for me. Alison in her younger years had been a pupil of Gerald Moore, world famous as a piano accompanist.

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