1st January 2023
All eyes are set to be on Olney from July 2022 to July 2023, when the town will be at the centre of commemorations to mark the 250th anniversary of one of the world’s most beloved hymns, ‘Amazing Grace’.
Composed by the Reverend John Newton in the weeks leading up to his New Year’s Day service at St Peter & St Paul Church on 1st January 1773, the hymn – in various different musical styles – has gone on to inspire countless people and has even become known in America as the nation’s “spiritual anthem”.
President Obama & Amazing Grace (2015)
The New Year’s Day 2023 service at the Rev’d John Newton’s parish church of St. Peter & St Paul, Olney was held to mark the 250th anniversary of the writing of the hymn Amazing Grace.
You are able to find out more about the service itself, including a programme of the order of service, in this article: www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/amazing-grace-250-january-1st-2023
Amazing Grace 250 is a yearlong programme of exhibitions, talks, walks and cultural and community events led by the Cowper & Newton Museum and in collaboration with the Open University, Friends of the Caribbean, Stables music venue, African Diaspora Foundation, African and Caribbean Arts & Heritage Union, Milton Keynes Sierra Leone Community and the parish church of St Peter & St Paul, Olney.
It's time to say a big 'Thank You'..
..to our partners and supporters who have helped make these historic commemorations possible.
Amazing Grace 250 (AG250) is a Partnership Project and Programme supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and MK Council and developed by the AG250 partners.
The AG250 partners are:
Our Engagement partners are:
Join the Commemoration
Are you a choir, musician or Church who has recorded yourself singing or playing Amazing Grace? If so, why not tag us in on Facebook @AmazingGrace250 or #AmazingGrace250 to become part of the Amazing Grace 250th Anniversary virtual collection. Drop on over to check out everyone who has joined in so far …
If you have an idea for Amazing Grace 250, or would like to offer support for the anniversary preparations, please contact the event team by using our dedicated Contact page.