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Youth Praise jubilee

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Youth Praise hymn book which spawned songs including ‘Tell out my soul’ and ‘Christ triumphant’.

Joel Payne

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Michael Baughen conducts the launch of Youth Praise at Westminster Central Hall in 1966

Michael Baughen, on his attempt to find a publisher for Youth Praise, said: ‘I trekked around evangelical publishers. They all told me it would be a failure, that there was no demand for such a book, that no song-book had sold more than 5,000 copies. Having lunch with Timothy Dudley-Smith one day (then assistant secretary of CPAS) he said: ‘We will publish it’. It sold out on the first night. The demand was like a flood. The printer could not keep pace.’