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Episode 2

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 17 August 2010

Forget Samuel Sebastian Wesley as a pillar of the Anglican Cathedral world - he was an eccentric, inconsistent and irascible character - Donald Macleod marks the bicentenary of Wesley's birth, surveying the composer's life and music.

Wesley was very unhappy at Hereford Cathedral, and sought a new position elsewhere. He eventually moved to Exeter Cathedral, but not before he married the sister of the Dean of Hereford. Once at Exeter, Wesley soon was involved in local organisations such as the Glee Club, and the Devon Madrigal Society.

In today's episode, Donald Macleod introduces a glee, I wish to tune my quiv'ring lyre, which won Wesley a prize from the Manchester Glee Club. Also the anthem Let us lift up our heart, which Wesley composed when he wasn't too busy out fishing, and neglecting his Cathedral duties.

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Samuel Sebastian Wesley Andante in D (1846)

    Performer: John Scott Whiteley, organ

    Guild GMCD7201

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    Samuel Sebastian Wesley Symphony in C (1834)

    Performers: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

    BBC Recording

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    Samuel Sebastian Wesley Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness (1840)

    Performers: Benjamin Ryder (treble), Choir of Worcester Cathedral, Adrian Partington (organ), Donald Hunt (conductor)

    Hyperion CDA66469

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    Samuel Sebastian Wesley I wish to tune my quiv'ring lyre (1833)

    Performers: BBC Singers, Paul Brough (conductor)

    BBC Recording

  • Image for Samuel Sebastian Wesley

    Samuel Sebastian Wesley Introduction and Fugue in C sharp minor (1835)

    Performers: Margaret Phillips (organ)

    York CD111

  • Image for Samuel Sebastian Wesley

    Samuel Sebastian Wesley Let us lift up our heart (1836)

    Performers: George Humphreys (baritone), Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, James McVinnie (organ), Christopher Robinson (conductor)

    Naxos 8.570318

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