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Angel Voices

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Angel-voices ever singing
composer
NEH336
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E G Monk is often confused with W H Monk, the composer of ‘Eventide’. This Monk was not related in any way. His career was entirely outside London, serving at St Peter’s College Radley, and as Organist at York Minster from 1859 to 1883. Francis Pott served as the vicar of a number of English parishes and was on the first committee of Hymns Ancient and Modern. He was asked to write a hymn for the opening of the organ at Winwick Church, Lancashire, in 1861, and it was for that occasion that E G Monk wrote the tune, which has remained associated with it. When published for the first time in 1866 it was headed ‘For the Dedication of an Organ, or for a Meeting of Choirs’. With its cheerful matter-of-fact tune it has served such occasions well, and there have been few rivals to it until the present generation.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2001

Recordings

Praise to the Lord
CDH55036Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden
CDP12102

Details

Track 19 on CDP12102 [2'35]
Track 12 on CDH55036 [3'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

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