Keith & Kristyn Getty were this week honored at the Houses of Parliament in London, England to mark Keith’s OBE award in June by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The evening, hosted at St Mary’s Undercroft set beneath the Palace of Westminster celebrated the Getty’s contribution to music and hymn writing through their re-popularizing of hymns. The event marked the first occasion in which an OBE has been given to an individual who is actively involved in the world of contemporary church music.
Beyond just their work as hymn writers, Keith Getty and his wife Kristyn have spent the last decade as ambassadors of the genre. An estimated 40-50 million people are singing Getty hymns in church services each year, include the eponymous “In Christ Alone” (co-written with Stuart Townend) which has become of the one most-frequently-sung in US churches over the last decade.
Getty says, “Obviously to receive the OBE has been a great honor, but to sing hymns in as intimate and prestigious a venue as the chapel of St Mary’s Undercroft is one of those moments neither Kristyn, nor I will ever forget.”
The event also marked the “pre-launch” of Sing!, a book inspired in part by the reformer Martin Luther in this the 500th anniversary of The reformation, made all the more poignant as the Houses of Parliament was the seat of the reformation
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