John Speller's Web Pages - Holy Innocents

O Lord, the Holy Innocents
This text by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander is set to a tune, "Alstone," by Christopher Edwin Willing (1830-1904). Willing was a chorister under James Turle at Westminster Abbey, and was later organist of the Foundling Hospital and later still of St. James, Marylebone.

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St. James Church (Church of England) in Marylebone, where C. E. Willing was organist. The church built in 1879 was unusual in being a design by Sir Gilbert Scott in the Italianate rather than the Gothic style. The organ was a two-manual-and-pedal instrument built for the Queen's Concert Rooms in Hanover Square by T. C. Lewis in 1870, and moved to St. James, Marylebone in 1879 by Bishop & Son
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