Award-winning NI hymn writers to be honoured at Westminster event

Hymn writers Kristyn Getty and Keith Getty
Kristyn and Keith Getty.

Award-winning Northern Ireland hymn singer/song-writers Keith and Kristyn Getty will be honoured at an event in the Houses of Parliament next week.

Mr Getty was awarded an OBE for his services and contribution to Music and Modern Hymn Writing earlier this year and has written hundreds of hymns which are sung by millions of people around the world. He performs alongside his wife Kristyn.

The couple will be honoured at the event which is being organised by the Christians in Parliament APPG, on Tuesday 12th September in the Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft and which will have around 200 guests including MPs.

The event I the prelude to the Getty’s inaugural Sing! conference in Nashville on 18-20 September, where 4,000 will attend from around the world. A 5,000-person hymn sing will also take place at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House.

The Sing! Conference marks the beginning of the Sing! Campaign which will tour a number of arenas and will include a concert in Belfast in 2018.

It will also be followed by the launch of the couple’s first book, Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church which is based on the Sing! Campaign.

Getty is known throughout the world for revolutionising and modernising the classic hymn genre. His famous ‘In Christ Alone’ was the number one most-frequently-sung hymn in UK churches for a record-setting nine consecutive years. It was also voted number two best-loved hymn of all time in the UK in a BBC Songs of Praise survey and among the top five hymns of all time by the UK Hymns Society.

Christian Copyright Licensing International, in its licensed regions, say that 40-50 million people sing Getty hymns in church services each year. That does not include unlicensed regions where it is believed a further 50 million sing his hymns according to the licensing body.

Performing with his wife Kristyn, the couple have spent the last decade as ambassadors for the genre, re-popularising and energising the singing of hymns around the world, leading the world-wide revival of congregational singing.

Mr Getty said:

“It has been a phenomenal year for me and Kristyn. We were blown away in June when I was informed that I would be awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

“This beautiful event in the Houses of Parliament is yet another incredible honour and recognition of our work by the Christians in Parliament group. We are really privileged to be able to perform in this beautiful and magnificent setting.”