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While the shepherds kept their vigil
The text of this carol was written by the Very Rev. John Seely Stone (1795-1882), first Dean of the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge tune. Edwin Augustus Sydenham was born in London in 1847, the son of Henry Sydenham, a warehouseman. His musical career began as a chorister at St. Asaph's Cathedral. He was later Organist and Choirmaster of St. James Church, Bury St. Edmunds, and from 1884 until his untimely death in 1891 he was Organist and Choirmaster of All Saints, Scarborough. His Vicar, the Rev. Robert Brown-Borthwick was a leading Anglo-Catholic who had previously edited a hymnal entitled, Select hymns for church and home (1871). The church had a fine four-manual organ by J. M. & C. Corps & Co. of London, built in 1874 and opened by S. S. Wesley. To this Mr. Sydenham added a Swell Vox Angelica and Tremulant, and a Choir Piccolo in 1889. He was best known for his Easter Anthem, "Christ is Risen from the Dead." In the 1890 Musical Standard he was advertizing "E. A. Sydenham's Touch Regulator for Pianos, Reduced price, 17/6." All Saints, Scarborough was demolished in 1975.

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All Saints Church, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, where E. A. Sydenham was Organist and Choirmaster between 1884 and 1891
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