Welcome

Welcome to the home of over 2,600 tracks of organ music played by leading organist John Keys to accompany hymns, piano accompaniments for worship songs and superb organ voluntaries, available as CDs or for instant download. These are accompaniments only - there is no singing on our tracks.

Not sure where to start?

See our Getting Started Guide further down the page.

Quick Access Store

See and purchase our CDs plus MP3s on disc/memory stick/iPod here. For downloads and more details on all products see the menu items at the top of the page.

It's not all hymns and songs

We also have:
  • Organ voluntaries: pieces for before and after a service, or during interludes
  • Service Settings: mass/communion settings for sung services plus Anglican Chant accompaniments for matins and evensong canticles

Getting Started

Which products are best for you?
Our sets are often the best way to get started. The Core Set Plus is most popular: 186 popular traditional hymn accompaniments. If you need more range, the Modern MP3 Set adds worship songs and junior worship songs piano accompaniments. Alternatively our Ultimate Set covers all 941 accompaniments for the A&M hymn book Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship. Or get our entire library with the Master Set.

If you prefer to buy your accompaniments bit by bit, you can download
individual tracks or albums - or buy individual Hymn CDs and Worship Song CDs from a wide range of options, including special CDs for Christmas, Easter, Funerals and Remembrance. And don't forget our handy Voluntaries and Service Settings CDs.

You can jump straight into our CDs and MP3 sets in the Quick Access Store above or select an item from the main menu at the top of the page.

  • Download a track or tracks - Every track in our library with the option to download from iTunes or Amazon
  • Buy a hymn album - Choose from our entire range of hymn accompaniment CDs (or download a whole album from iTunes or Amazon)
  • Buy a worship songs album - Choose from our entire range of worship songs accompaniment CDs (or download a whole album from iTunes or Amazon)
  • Buy a set - Ideal to replace an organist - collections of albums including our basic Core Set, and the Ultimate Set with every hymn and song in the new Ancient and Modern hymn book, in order.


Playing accompaniments and choosing a format
Our accompaniments are available on CD or as computer files (MP3s or equivalent). CDs are best if you don't have access to a computer or iPod/tablet/smartphone. However they can be fiddly to use in a service, switching CDs and finding the right tracks. The huge advantage of using the MP3s is that once they are loaded onto your device and the device is connected to a sound system, you can find any track simply by searching for the hymn or tune name (or A&M number for the Ultimate Set). Best of all, you can put all the tracks for a service into a playlist, which means you see just the tracks you need for that service.

If you decide to go with MP3s you can either download tracks from iTunes or Amazon - individual tracks from our library page or tracks/full albums from each of the album pages - or buy sets from us. We provide these on CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs, on memory sticks or preloaded on iPods. In the first two cases you will simply need to copy the files from the discs or memory stick onto your computer. If you wish to use an iPod/tablet/smartphone in the church, you can the transfer the tracks onto that from the computer using the music software on the computer (iTunes or the Windows equivalents). Pre-loaded iPods are ideal if you don't have access to a computer and just want to play the music straight away (you will need a sound system to plug the iPod into). However, if you already have a computer and a tablet or smartphone, you can probably use that instead with no extra hardware cost.

Our MP3s on disc/memory stick/preloaded iPod come in two bit rates - the higher bit rate (256 Kbps) has slightly better quality sound, but takes up twice as much storage space. The lower bit rate (128 Kbps) makes the files half the size; they take up less room on your computer/MP3 player, but the quality isn’t quite as good. In our experience, many sound systems in churches are not good enough to make the distinction apparent, so 128 kbps is fine, but if you have the space, we recommend going for 256 Kbps version. Note that the Master Set at 256 kbps takes up around 13.7 Gb. You can try out the different bit rates on your sound system: download a set of samples at different bit rates by clicking here.

To play the music and sing along you will need amplification. Many churches/schools already have sound systems with the option of plugging a device into the auxiliary port (AUX in) - if that's the case you can connect the audio socket of a computer, iPod, tablet or phone loaded with our tracks to that socket using an appropriate cable. If you don't already have a sound system, it's worth borrowing a domestic hi-fi system and try plugging the source (computer, iPod etc.) into that at the venue to see if it's loud enough before spending more on a professional sound system.

Don't be surprised, by the way, if the organ sounds a little distorted when turned up high on a computer or phone's speakers. Small speakers struggle to handle the very wide frequency range of an organ - play the music through a decent sound system and the quality will be much better.

If you still aren't certain which format or bit rate to use, please do drop us an email at info@cul.co.uk - we are happy to give advice.

Some more samples to listen to


And Did Those Feet (Jerusalem)
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Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
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Colours of Day (piano)
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The Angel Gabriel
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SAMPLES

Abide with me
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Bach: Toccata in D minor
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Shine, Jesus, shine (piano)
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While Shepherds Watched
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News

New payment system

We have a new improved payment system where it's no longer necessary to use Paypal if you want to pay by card.

Note the new system handles postage separately, added at checkout.

John Keys plays Widor
NEW: Anglican Chant Canticle Accompaniments

A packed set of Anglican Chant accompaniments including 10 Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis chants, plus morning canticles and two excellent psalm accompaniments.

Click for more info.

Multi-church licence

We recognise that increasingly there are multiple churches in a parish or benefice, and so a single purchase of our CDs and downloads is licensed for use in up to four churches, as long as they are in the same parish or benefice.


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