Sunday 25 November 2.30-3.30pm, Abney Chapel, Abney Park Cemetery
We’re thrilled to be leading a tribute to popular hymn writer Isaac Watts who probably penned most of his 750 hymns right where we’ll be singing.
With an Abney-themed repertoire, we’re marking the 270th anniversary of his death and the restoration of his statue – including replacing his very important right hand.
Conducted by John Sloboda, we’ll be performing Watts’ most famous hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and Jesus Shall Reign, popular Victorian hymn Abide With Me which was written by WH Monk just down the road at St Matthias, plus musical hall king George Leyborne’s anthem Champagne Charlie, whose tune was appropriated (like many other fashionable songs) by the Salvation Army for use with their own lyrics. Leyborne and SA founder Charles Booth are both buried here.
Graham Benyon, author of Isaac Watts: His Life and Thought, will be reading from his book. There will be a retiring collection and every penny goes to the restoration fund.