For £24.99 it is good value for money with plenty of resource material.
The indeces are quite comprehensive.
Wafer thin pages, I would happily pay a little more for this to be printed on slightly more substantial paper.
Needless musical editing - 'if it ain't broke - don't fix it'. Some perfectly good established harmonies and arrangements have been replaced with ones by the Mayhew team, some of which are a little bizarre to say the least.
Sadly the usual PC tinkering of words and gender neutralisation.
Sadly the usual downward transposition of well-known hymns in keys that were perfectly accesible and singable.
A great shame the hymnal is alphabetically ordered rather than liturgically and thematically, this makes for heavy going when selecting material to use Sunday by Sunday.
The 'opportunity missed' is that this resource does not stand on its own. You need your old hymnals to:
- source standard hymn tunes in established keys that don't have Altos and Basses grovelling inaudibly - reference the proper and familiar words - play harmonisations and arrangements that have not be 'Mayhewed'