We Will Go Out with Joy

Author: Andrew Donaldson

Andrew Donaldson, a composer and church musician, grew up in northern Ontario, Canada. He attended Glendon College, York University in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. He went on to study classical guitar performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, receiving its ARCT (Associate of Royal Conservatory Teachers) degree in 1979. Since then he has worked as a composer and performer in many contexts, in both French and English. Andrew co-edited the Book of Praise (1997), Presbyterian Church in Canada, with Donald Anderson. Their company, Binary Editions, continues to administer copyright for the PCC. In 2007 he was made a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, by Knox College of the University of Toronto, for… Go to person page >

Author: Hilary Seraph Donaldson

Hilary Seraph Donaldson is a church musician and writer from Toronto, Canada. She is an MA student in Musicology at the University of Toronto, and a graduate of the Master of Sacred Music programme at Perkins School of Theology (Dallas, TX), with a concentration in choral conducting. As an academic writer, her research interests are focussed on the sacred anthems of Benjamin Britten. Her approach to music ministry is informed by a background in theatre and choral music, and by her love of syncopation, harmony, and the drama of worship. Hilary has worked with adult, children's and youth choirs, and has served congregations both locally and internationally. She contributed a recurring Hymn Study column to The Chorister (Chorister's Guild)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We will go out with joy in the Spirit
Title: We Will Go Out with Joy
Author: Andrew Donaldson (2003)
Author: Hilary Seraph Donaldson (2006)
Meter: with refrain
Refrain First Line: Alleluia! We will go out with joy
Publication Date: 2013
Copyright: © 2003 Andrew Donaldson and Hilary Seraph Donaldson


Drawing on the phrasing of Isaiah 55:12, this joyful sending hymn was created by a musical Canadian father
and daughter, beginning with the tune that emerged from a four-hand piano improvisation. The completed
hymn later served as the recessional music for her wedding.


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