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     Alexander, Cecil Frances Humphreys (April 1818-2th October 1895)   

    She was a hymn writer and poetess born in Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland.  She started top write poetry as a child and by the 1840s she was known as a hymn writer whose works appeared in the Church of Ireland hymnbooks. She married William Alexander in 1850, an Anglican bishop of Derry and Raphoe and later the Anglican primate of Ireland.  Often working with children she set up Londonderry's Girl's Friendly Society and with her sister she founded a school for the deaf.   She traveled with her husband throughout Ireland and during that time wrote in the region of 400 poems and hymns which appeared in publications that include The Legend of the Golden Prayer and Hymns for Little Children.  Her involvement in children's charity work led her to donate the profits from Hymns for Little Children to the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Institute Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.   She is possibly best known for "All Things Bright and Beautiful", "Once in Royal David's City" and "There is a Green Hill Far Away".

     

    Once in Royal David's City recordings

    The Bach Choir and members of The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

    London 417 898-2 (CD: O Come All Ye Faithful)

    Organ - John Scott

    Conductor - Sir David Willcocks

     

    Cathedral Symphony Orchestra,

    MHS 512240T

    New York Vocal Consort and the American Boychoir

    Conductor -  James Litton

     

    Choir of Canterbury Cathedral

    Conifer CDCF 160

    Conductor - Dr. Allan Wicks

    Organ - Michael Harris

     

    Choir of Keble College

    Priory PRCD 708 (CD: The Complete New English Hymnal, Vol. 8) ymna

    Conductor -  Gavin Plumley

    Organ -  Mark Laflin

     

    Choir of King's College, Cambridge

    EMI 66241 (CD: Christmas Carols from King's College, Cambridge)

    Conductor - Sir David Willcocks

     

    Choir of St. Thomas Church

    Pro Organo 7200 (CD: Christmas on Fifth Avenue)

     

    Clare College Singers and Orchestra

    EMI 69950 (CD: Carols from Clare)

    Conductor - John Rutter

     

    Arturo Delmoni and Nina Bodnar

    JMR 18 (CD: A String Quartet Christmas, Volume 2)

    Violin - Arturo Delmoni

    Violin - Nine Bodnar

     

    Musicians of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    North Star NS0035 (CD: And The Angels Sing)

     

    Sources:

    http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/a/l/e/alexander_cfh.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Frances_Humphreys_Alexander

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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