Norman L. Warren (b. London, England, 1934) composed STELLA CARMEL in 1971 for Seddon's text; it was also first published in Psalm Praise. The tune consists of four phrases connected by cadential harmonies that help keep alive the song's rhythmic energy. To make clear the question-and-response structure of the text, a soloist or choir could sing stanza 1, and everyone could respond by singing stanzas 2 through 5.
Warren was educated at Dulwich College, Corpus Christi College, and Ridley Hall Theological College in Cambridge, and was ordained in the Church of England in 1961. He served as vicar of St. Paul's Church, Leamington Spa (1963-1977), rector of Morden (1977-1989), and since 1989 has been archdeacon of Rochester. His publications include Journey into Life (1964) and What's the Point? (1986). Warren was a member of the Jubilate Group committees that published Psalm Praise (1973) and Hymns for Today's Church (1982). He has composed over one hundred hymn tunes.