Singing our recordings at home

Temporary measures
During the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak you will probably not be holding services in church. If you intend to hold services online or have your congregation worship at home at the same time, we have a number of suggestions to enable hymn singing.
Using Spotify
Almost all of our recordings are available on Spotify and can be played by anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet at home. If you already have Spotify, run the program - alternatively, visit www.spotify.com and either download the program or click on Open Web Player and search for John Keys plus the name of the hymn - e.g. John Keys Now Thank We All Our God - you will the be able to play the accompaniment.

If you would like to provide a hymn list to your congregation, once you have found a hymn accompaniment and clicked on it, you will see the track detail with a symbol to the right of it. Click the '…' link, select Share and then Copy Song Link. You will then be able to paste a link into your hymn list - for example https://open.spotify.com/track/27rf3RSPBEjQ1Oua7y4Imq?si=xW6DV-eETC6tBkt7siGnPA which when clicked will open the song in Spotify.
Live streaming, perecorded videos or Skype
Many churches are experimenting with conducting services by live stream, Skype or other video sharing methods. You are welcome to use our recordings during such services. If you are prerecording video and making it publicly available or effectively broadcasting - for example live streaming on Facebook or YouTube - please acknowledge John Keys and www.hymncds.com in the accompanying text. For prerecorded video only available to your congregation or directly connected live mechanisms such as Skype this is not necessary.

Please note that we can only give our permission for use of recordings - if the music is in copyright there may still be licence requirements for reproducing the music (this is not usually required in a church, but is for streaming/recording). Here is the UK guidance from the RSCM:

If music is involved, unless all the music is in the public domain written (both words and music) by composers and authors who died over 70 years ago – up to 31st December 1949, a licence is required.

At present, there are a number of options:

1. OneLicence.Net are offering a gratis licence up till April 15 2020. A ONE LICENSE licence grants churches, schools, religious communities, retreat centres, and other worshiping bodies permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from any of their Member Publishers. A ONE LICENSE Podcast / Streaming License grants permission to podcast or stream religious services that contain music from their Member Publishers. For new customers or for existing customers who do not already have a Podcast / Streaming License, ONE LICENSE is able to offer a one-month gratis license, valid through April 15, 2020. This would negate the need for a PRS licence during this period. Click here for details of OneLicense.Net gratis licence.

2. Those wishing to live-stream via platforms such as Facebook, Spotify or YouTube should be covered by the existing licensing agreements in place with those platforms. Please ensure you follow the terms of use and copyright requirements of each respective platform.
3. If a church wishes to host a live-stream on their own website then they can apply for a limited online music licence (LOML) from the PRS.
4. If a Church is utilising Zoom or Skype for live streaming their services, they should enquire directly with those platforms in order to determine the terms of use and relative copyright requirements.
It should be noted that whilst OneLicense covers many publishers, including OCP, Oxford University Press, Stainer & Bell and Taizé, it doesn’t cover ThankYou Music or Integrity Music.

CCLI do NOT offer a streaming licence. So to use songs not covered by OneLicense, you will need a PRS streaming licence.

A PRS Streaming licence will cost £146 a year, or £73 for 6 months. This may change in the near future.

A home choir
Singing together over something like Skype is not very effective, as the different time lags will make the result ragged and messy. However, some churches are experimenting with a home choir.

Make available to those who want to take part a copy of the sheet music of a hymn or anthem (this should be acceptable as long as you own enough copies, or if it's out of copyright) and give them access to a copy of the accompaniment (see Using Spotify above). Ask each individual to record themselves on their phone, singing along - they should listen to the accompaniment on headphones so it isn't double-recorded - and to send back the recording. Combine the recordings with the original accompaniment from your MP3 or CD in a piece of software such as Garage Band or Audacity… and you have a home choir in action.

If you share your recording online, please mention that the accompaniment is by John Keys and available from www.hymncds.com.

Thanks to the choir of St Nicolas, Newbury for this suggestion.
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Do you sell words or sheet music?

We don't - and hymns usually only come in books - but there are plenty of ways of getting music and words. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Have you recorded all our hymn book?

There are hundreds of hymn books and sadly we can't record them all. But we do have one fully recorded and plenty more partly covered. with a growing collection of indexes to link books to our library. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can you record my favourite hymn?

If it's not already in our library, while we can't guarantee to record your favourite, let us know so we can add it to our wish list. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How did HymnCDs.com get started?

Back in 2005, organist John Keys and producer Wendy Williams were looking for way to make their CDs available. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How do I change the number of verses in a hymn?

You may always omit some verses, or your hymn book could have a different number to our recording. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How do I set up a playlist of tracks?

If you are using MP3s or downloads a playlist allows you to set up just the tracks you need for a service. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Why is there no singing on your recordings?

There are recordings available with singing on, but we don't provide them. Here's why. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How do I choose the format and play your tracks?

We have tracks on CDs, as MP3s and as downloads - and there are range of options for playback in churches and at events. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Where can I get your downloads and streams?

Downloads and streaming are available immediately, 24/7 - so ideal for a last-minute requirement. There are a whole range of options available. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can I use your recordings in more than one church?

We recognise that increasingly one vicar/priest might cover multiple buildings. By default we cover four. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can I change the speed of a recording?

It is possible to change speeds using an editor, but it's likely to make the recording slightly fuzzy. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can I share your recordings with the congregation?

During the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, here's how to provide recordings at home. CLICK FOR MORE...

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