John Speller's Web Pages Wadely, O loving Saviour, Lord of all

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Wadely, O loving Saviour, Lord of all
Himself the son of a well-known organist, Frederick William Wadely, O.B.E., M.A., Mus.Doc., A.R.C.M., F.R.C.O (1882-1970) was for fifty years the much-loved organist of Chester Cathedral. A story is told that two organists happened to meet in the street one day in Chester and one of them asked the other if he was aware that Fred Wadely and Igor Stravinsky were both born in the same year. "Who's Stavinsky?" was the reply. The text of this anthem is a translation by James Walter Brown of a Latin prayer that was incorporated into the Statutes delivered by King Henry VIII when refounding the cathedrals at Canterbury, Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Gloucester, Peterborough, Rochester and Worcester. These had been monastic foundations, but were secularized following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The prayer was directed to be used "by all in our Church before retiring to rest." Wadely published the musical setting in 1920.

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The Quire of Chester Cathedral around the time Fred Wadely became organist
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