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Amazing Grace and its legacies: reflections at 250

Date: Friday 15 July, 10:00 - 17:30 and Saturday 16 July, 10:00 - 17:30
Location: Walton Hall, The Open University and Olney Parish Church
Call for Papers: now closed
Deadline for participant registration: 8 July 2022 (for in person attendence), 11 July (for online only)

Conference organiser: Dr Martin Clarke

Amazing Grace 250 logoThe Open University’s Music Department, the Cowper & Newton Museum and Olney Parish Church are delighted to be co-hosting this conference as part of a year-long programme of events to commemorate the 250th anniversary of ‘Amazing Grace’, widely believed to have first been sung at Olney on 1 January 1773.

The conference takes place over two days

Friday 15 July: a full schedule of papers on the hymn and its legacies held at The Open University’s Walton Hall campus.

Saturday 16 July: keynote lectures, a roundtable panel, and a lecture-recital held at Olney Parish Church. Keynote speakers are Prof D. Bruce Hindmarsh, author of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition: Between the Conversions of Wesley and Wilberforce and Prof Anthony G. Reddie, author of Is God Colour-Blind? Insights from Black Theology for Christian Faith and Ministry. The roundtable panel will include the Rt Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, and the Rev’d Dr Janet Wootton, President of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. 

There will also be a concert held at Olney Parish Church on Sunday 17 July, to which all delegates are warmly welcome.

For further information, please contact the conference organiser on