Composer: Brent Chambers (1977)
Published in 15 hymnals

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Composer: Brent Chambers

Brent Sinclair Chambers (b. Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 1948) composed this song after experiencing an evening of ethnic music and dance in 1977. Chambers attended the Bible College of New Zealand and Auckland University and then became a self-employed painting contractor and song writer. He has written or co-written over five hundred songs, a number of which have been recorded or published. He based the text on Psalm 22:3, 22 and Psalm 145:7, though the words of the first line could also have been taken from Psalm 52:9b. He named his tune CELEBRATION, and both text and music were published in Scripture in Song (1977), one of the most important Scripture-chorus collections (initially from New Zealand) of the 1970s. The vocable "lai," s… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: CELEBRATION (Chambers)
Composer: Brent Chambers (1977)
Place Of Origin: New Zealand
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 54321 71554 32117
Key: d minor
Copyright: © 1977 Universal Music - Brentwood-Benson Publishing


CELEBRATION is music in the style of the Jewish hora, that is, "dance music." Sing the tune with enthusiasm, beginning more slowly, and increasing the tempo for each repetition or new stanza. The accompaniment is best played with piano and/or guitars. The exuberant character of this music also invites hand clapping and the use of other instruments such as strings and tambourines. The descant may be performed instrumentally (on violin or oboe, for example) at pitch or an octave higher. This descant is unusual because it lies below the main tune much of the time. Once the congregation knows the melody, direct the whole choir to sing the descant in octaves.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

Alleluia Aotearoa #70

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #121

Complete Mission Praise #341

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Glory to God #631

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #121


Psalms for All Seasons #22F

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #160

Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #12

Songs for Life #25


The Book of Praise #427

The Worshiping Church #19

Together in Song #727

Voices United #745


With Heart and Voice #7

With One Voice #720

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