10.30AM HOLY COMMUNION
S. S. Wesley Blessed be the God and Father
Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) was one of the most influential, if irascible, organist-composers of the Victorian period in England, composing almost exclusively for Church of
England liturgies. He was the grandson of Charles Wesley, and eldest son from the composer, Samuel Wesley’s second family, which he formed with Sarah Suter, following separation from his wife Charlotte. Having started his education as a chorister in the Chapel Royal, S. S. Wesley embarked upon a musical career and was appointed organist at Hereford Cathedral in 1832. Three years later he moved to Exeter Cathedral and subsequently held similar appointments at Leeds Parish Church (1842), Winchester Cathedral (1849), and Gloucester Cathedral (1865-1876). In 1839 he became both a BMus and DMus of Oxford University and in 1850 was made professor of organ at London’s Royal Academy of Music, founded in 1822. Blessed be the God and Father was written between 1833-1834 while Wesley was at Hereford Cathedral and first performed on Easter Day. This was not an auspicious premiere: the cathedral clergy had misappropriated the funds from the foundation such that the cloisters were in ruins and the choral foundation was in disarray; as a result, only the dean’s butler could be found to sing for the Easter Day service that year, the remaining parts being taken by the boys in the choir.
Simon Lole The Father’s Love
Simon Lole (b. 1957) was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral in London before studying music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and King’s College, London. He spent many years as a professional church musician, culminating in appointments as director of music at both Sheffield and Salisbury cathedrals, and Jesus College, Cambridge. Since 2005, he has worked as a freelance musician, music director, composer, arranger, conductor and organist.
367 When morning gilds the skies LAUDES DOMINI
345 The King of Love my shepherd is ST COLUMBA
200 Therefore we before him bending GRAFTON
479 Love Divine all loves excelling HYFRODOL