Black, Brian

Author & Composer

b Hornsby, nr Sydney, NSW, Australia 1926. He took the Australian matriculation exam in 1952 and studied at Moore Theological Coll, Sydney, 1953–56; ordained (Anglican) 1953. After a curacy at Seven Hills he served as Rector of Tagoona, Westmead, Carlingford (associate), Blackheath and Norfolk Island. He then worked with the Bush Church Aid Soc, relieving in the Australian outback, including a short relief spell in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2001. He retired at 65 to Winmalee, NSW, where he was one of the few Australian members of the Hymn Society of GB and Ireland; he has compered several hymn festivals. He began writing poetry in 1975, ‘providentially triggered by a bush fire!’—BB. Hymns followed soon afterwards, his first published work in Britain appearing in the 1980s; his paraphrase from Phil 2, Before the heaven and earth, was included in the 1987 edn of HTC, followed by a dozen other collections. Including songs for children and adults, vespers, introits, rounds, benedictions etc he has written some 350 pieces, 7 of which are so far in print. In 1999 in retirement he served a holiday locum on Lord Howe Island (in the Pacific nr Norfolk Is) which became an annual event, during which he has spent time writing, concentrating recently on Psalm-based rounds. He was the first (and for many years the only) writer from the southern hemisphere to belong to the Jubilate Hymns network. He is also a keen traveller (trekking in Nepal 1982), gardener and tennis player. Nos. 253, 904.

Hymns and songs by Black, Brian

Number Hymn Name
253 Truly God is good
904 God’s gift of life and love has gone