Posts tagged ‘Royal College of Music’

October 27, 2013

2013-10-27 Notes from the Bench

“Communion Service in F” by Sir William Henry Harris

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973) was an English composer, organist, and a highly regarded choirmaster. Due to Harris’s good-natured character and excellent rapport he established with his singers, the choristers who served under him affectionately nicknamed him, “Doc. H.”

Harris wrote compositions for the organ, numerous choral anthems, Anglican psalm chants, hymn tunes, and canticles for evensong; his Communion Service in F, sung by our chamber choir during our 11:00 am Choral Eucharist this weekend, is accessible and frequently sung in many Anglican churches. His well-crafted and conservative sacred works are gentle, intimate, and devotional in character, well-suited to Anglican worship services.

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