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Phillis is my only joy

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The glee tradition was upheld by Rogers’s younger contemporary John William Hobbs, a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, tenor lay vicar at Westminster Abbey and outstanding concert singer. His tenor voice, apparently limited in range, was described as being of “remarkable purity and sweetness” during Hobbs’s youth. As composer of over 100 songs, glees and partsongs, Hurrah! for the Saxon Race and England rules the deep among them, Hobbs enjoyed considerable popular success. Phillis is my only joy, to one of Sedley’s lyrics, was first published in the late 1840s as a ‘Ballad in the old English style’. Brief cadential flourishes and simple imitative counterpoint mark the composer’s homage to the English madrigal tradition. Hobbs died in Croydon in January 1877 and was buried in West Norwood cemetery.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2008


The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms
SIGCD150Download only


Track 13 on SIGCD150 [1'49] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD150 track 13

Recording date
5 August 2008
Recording venue
Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Marvin Ware & Bill Whiston
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  1. The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms (SIGCD150)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: November 2009
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