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     Brooke, William Thomas (9th January 1848-1917)

    He was a hymnologist born in East London, England.  He studied at the City of London School and after taking influence from and learning from Daniel Sedgwick he went into the field of hymnology.  Changing his religious beliefs he converted from the Baptist faith to Church of England in 1867.  In the 1880s he took inspiration from the four verses of "Adestes Fideles" that were written by Abbe Etienne Jean Francois Borderies and an unknown author and translated them.  They were published in 1885 in the Altar Hymnal as "Ye Faithful, Approach Ye" which would later become the standard version of "O Come All Ye Faithful".  Often contributing hymns to periodicals, he would also write Churchman's Manual of Private and Family Devotion.  He died in 1917 aged 69.  


    Adeste, Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) recordings

    Black Dyke Mills Band

    Chandos 4541 (CD: A Christmas Fantasy)


    Boston Pops

    Philips 416 287 - 2 (CD:  We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

    Conductor - John Williams 


    DG 419 414-2 (CD: White Christmas)

    Conductor - Arthur Fiedler


    RCA 09026-61685-2 (CD: Pops Christmas Party)

    Conductor - Arthur Fiedler


    Sony SK 48232 (CD: Joy to the World)

    Conductor - John Williams

    Tanglewood Festival Chorus 


    Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

    Naxos 8.990005 (CD: Joy to the World)

    Conductor - Richard Hayman 


    Rochester Pops Orchestra 

    Koch CHD 1531 (CD: Joy to the World - Carols for Orchestra and Chorus)


    St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sonari records - 7 55724 00272 3 (CD: Christmas with the Philharmonic)

    Conductor - Robert Hart Baker



    1. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/b/r/o/brooke_wt.htm
    2. http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/adeste_fideles.htm














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