Born in London, 19 July 1934. Educated at Dulwich College in South London; studied music and theology at Corpus Christi College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge (BA 1958, MA 1962).
Ordained in the Church of England in 1960; curate of Bedworth, Warwickshire, 1960-63; vicar of St Paul's Leamington Spa 1963-77; Rector of Morden 1977-89; Archdeacon and Canon of Rochester from 1989 to his retirement in 2000.
A gifted musician and a prolific writer and composer of hymn tunes and texts, songs, anthems, musical plays and instrumental pieces, mainly for the organ. Among his many paperbacks on the Christian life is the world's best-selling evangelistic booklet 'Journey into Life' with worldwide sales of 30 million.
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Norman L. Warren (PHH 15) composed LISTENING in 1969 for another paraphrase of Psalm 61, a text, writes Warren, "which demanded a gentle tune." It was published in Psalm Praise (1973). Its two long lines flow together in apparent perpetual motion - they should be performed that way, too, with no significant breaks between stanzas. A final ritard is appropriate for the alternate ending on stanza 7.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook