Fred Kaan (1929-2009)
Born in Haarlem, Fred Kaan (1929–2009) came to Britain in 1952 where he
studied for the Congregational ministry, being ordained in 1955. Eight years later,
a dearth of hymns relevant to the life of the eclectic congregation of Plymouth’s
Pilgrim Church triggered the creation of a home-made hymn supplement, Pilgrim
Praise, and his vocation thereafter as one of the twentieth century’s outstanding
Six collections of his work followed, and the inclusion of his texts in countless denominational hymnbooks throughout the world bore testimony to the influence of his internationalism, his faith in the modern city, and above all, perhaps, for his care for language and for precision in the use of it in each new searching statement of faith.
Fred Kaan notably collaborated with the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt on their Magnificat for a New Millennium. In 2002 he was awarded the highest accolade of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, the Chancellor’s Gold Medal, for his outstanding contribution in the fields of ecumenical relations and hymnody.
the Nations: Fred Kaan - The Man and his Hymns
Earth We Know
Included in the volume is the text for Magnificat for a New Millennium, a major cantata with music by Knut Nystedt, commissioned for EXPO 2000, the World Exhibition in Hanover, Germany.
Many of the hymns in The Only Earth We Know have been revised in the light of insights gained from inclusive language. The volume also contains a rich diversity of familiar and specially-written settings, by a range of composers including Peter Churchill, Maggie Hamilton, Ron Klusmeier, Doreen Potter, Pamela Ward and Carlton R. Young.
Songs & Hymns from
Break Not the Circle Twenty
Kaan texts set by Doreen Potter
The Hymn Texts of Fred Kaan
Pilgrim Praise Seventy hymns texts by Fred Kaan set