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June 2, 2019: “Rise, crowned with light” by J. Healey Willan

Today’s Music: The anthem, “Rise, crowned with light,” is by English-born Canadian organist and composer J. Healey Willan (1880-1968). After working as an organist in England, Willan emigrated to Canada in 1913 and eventually established himself as “the dean of Canadian composers.” He was the first non-English musician to be awarded the Lambeth Doctorate by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he appeared on a Canadian postage stamp, and there is a small park named for him adjacent to the church where he worked principally, St. Mary Magdalene’s in Toronto. He was interested in plainchant and in high church Anglo-Catholic worship.  David Boelzner