Christopher Dearnley (b1930) was educated at Worcester College in Oxford before becoming Assistant Organist at Salisbury Cathedral in 1954. From 1954 he was Organist at Salisbury, moving to become Organist and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral between 1968 and 1990 when he retired on his sixtieth birthday and emigrated to Australia. Since then he has been working on a locum basis at a number of cathedrals and churches there. He was Acting Director of Music, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, (1990-91), Organist Locum Tenens, St David’s Cathedral, Hobart (1991), Director of Music at Trinity College, University of Melbourne (1992-93), and Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, from 1993.
Let thy hand be strengthened is a setting of verses 14 and 15 from Psalm 89. It was written for and first sung at the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1977.
from notes by William McVicker © 1996