HymnQuest is a unique software program developed by The Pratt Green Trust, a charity devoted to the advancement of hymnody and music in worship. It’s the most comprehensive ever published in its field, containing over 46,000 first lines and choruses, the full text of 34,000 hymns and songs from over 500 hymn books and publications. The opening bars of over 24,700 melodies can be both viewed and heard, and the indexes list tune names and metres; biblical, lectionary, thematic, liturgical and seasonal references, as well as information and pictures of authors, composers and translators. It’s even possible to search for tunes by playing the opening notes on a Virtual Keyboard – we’re told by experts in the field, that HymnQuest was the world’s first software to offer such a facility!
The software also includes full music for over 1,300 public domain hymn tunes. Available in Adobe PDF and Sibelius Scorch format, these enable you to view, print, listen to and transpose the hymns in full harmony. (Note: this facility requires an active internet connection, although once downloaded, the files can be used offline). We have also added direct links to over 595 Scorch files found on the Jubilate website (this requires a (free) subscription to the site www.jubilate.co.uk).
The project has the backing of virtually all of the major publishers and copyright administrators in Britain and Ireland, as well as some from overseas.
The first full release of HymnQuest (HymnQuest 2000) was launched in May 2000. HymnQuest 16.0 was released in February 2014 for holders of a valid church copyright licence. HymnQuest Lite was introduced in June 2014. The latest release, HymnQuest 17.1 adds a mobile web app facility, enabling subscribers to look up hymns and songs on their tablet devices and smartphones for the first time.
Joint General Editors:
Revd Andrew Pratt & Revd Don Pickard