Belfast Telegraph

Renowned Lisburn hymn writer Keith Getty receives OBE

By David Reed

A Lisburn-born hymn writer has made history after being presented with an OBE.

Keith Getty received the accolade from the Queen - the first time it has been awarded to an individual involved in the world of contemporary church music.

Mr Getty, who was selected for his contribution to "music and modern hymn writing", attended the investiture with his wife Kristyn, also a renowned hymn writer, at a ceremony in Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh. They are known throughout the world for revolutionising the classic hymn genre. Their work includes In Christ Alone, which was the most frequently-sung hymn in UK churches for nine consecutive years.

He said: "It is an honour for us as a family and also for the great hymn writing heritage we have here in the UK, of which we are a tiny part."

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