Walford Davies had an immensely distinguished and influential career at a time when English music was beginning to be something to be proud of on an international stage. He was organist of The Temple Church and of St George’s Windsor; Professor of Music at Aberystwyth; Master of the King’s Music. He composed a great deal in many forms, but little of this is now performed. His greatest influence was as a choirmaster, teacher, adjudicator, musical educator, and above all as a popularizer of good music. His hymn singing broadcasts in the early years of the war are fondly remembered. This setting is utterly characteristic of his melodic and harmonic style.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2004