Isaac Watts: His Life and Works

Author Graham Beynon (Isaac Watts: His Life and Thought) will be giving a talk on Isaac Watts, who was one the best known hymn writers in history known as the 'father of hymnody'. He was also a church leader, educator and philosopher. However his life was dogged by illness and controversy. We will look at his achievements, his trials, and his passion in a way which will illuminate and inspire.

Also, conducted by John Sloboda, Stokey community choir Chorus of Dissent will be leading a tribute to popular hymn writer Issac Watts who probably penned most of his 750 hymns very close to this very spot.
With an Abney-themed repertoire, they're marking the 270th anniversary of his death and the restoration of his statue - including replacing his very important right hand.

They will be singing Watt's 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 Church, 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 Salvation Army founder William Booth are both buried at Abney Park


Please join in the singing, and make a contribution, donations are welcome.

With thanks to accompanist Jennie Barham.

Sunday 25th November
2.30pm to 3.30pm,

Abney Park Chapel

Free, donations welcome


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