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Doreen Potter

Doreen Potter
Short Name: Doreen Potter
Full Name: Potter, Doreen, 1925-1980
Birth Year: 1925
Death Year: 1980

Doreen Potter (1925-1980) was born in Panama and received her primary and secondary education in Jamaica, where she studied piano and violin. She then moved to England where she trained as a teacher of music at St. Katharine's College in Liverpool. In 1957 she obtained a Licentiate of Music degree at Trinity College, London, where she played violin in several orchestras. She married Philip Potter, who served as general secretary of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. Through that connection she met Fred Kaan and began writing tunes for his texts. In 1975 they published Break Not the Circle which included twenty new hymns through the Agape division of Hope Publishing Company. "Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ" the "Communion Calypso" to her tune LINSTEAD has become the most popular of the hymns that first appeared in this collection. This hymn is now widely sung all over the world and appears in most all denominational hymnals here in the states. LINSTEAD has also taken on a life of its own and now appears with a number of texts. Hope's new hymnal Worship & Rejoice (2001) has used the tune three times. Unfortunately, Doreen Potter died of cancer at the age of 55 before many of her musical settings achieved popularity.


Tunes by Doreen Potter (6)sort descendingAsInstances
BARONITADoreen Potter, 1925-1980 (Composer)7
BELLEGARDEDoreen Potter (Composer)2
[Jesus came to earth from glory]Doreen Potter (Composer)2
LINSTEADDoreen Potter, 1925-1980 (Adapter)28
ST. MARY'SDoreen Potter (Composer)2
[Take the dark strength of our nights]Doreen Potter (Arranger)2
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