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Rejoice in Jesus' birth

Union Street Wesleyan Chapel, Rochdale, where James Leach was buried

A text by Charles Wesley, set to a tune by James Leach. Leach was born in Wardle, Rochdale, Lancashire in 1762 and worked as a hand-loom weaver, studying music in his spare time. He was so successful at this that he became a member of the King's Band, and he also sang counter-tenor in concerts in Westminster Abbey. He moved to Salford in 1795, but was sadly killed in a stage-coach accident at Blackley, Lancashire, on February 8th., 1798. He was buried in the graveyard of Union Street Wesleyan Chapel in Rochdale.

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