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     Chadwick, James (24th April 1813-14th May 1882)

    He was a composer, teacher and bishop born in Drogheda, Ireland.  He took his further studies at Ushaw College in Durham, England, from 1825 and in 1836 he was ordained as a priest.  Remaining at the college he became a general prefect teaching humanities followed by Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Dogmatic Theology and subsequently held the position of President.  He moved to a house occupied by secular priests in 1849/1850 but returned to Ushaw after the house was burned down and continued his work as a professor.  Leaving the college once again he became the chaplain to Lord Stourton but once again returned to Ushaw after a period of 4 years in 1863.  30 years after his ordination at Upshaw College he took on the position of Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in 1866 and remained in that position for sixteen years until his death.  His works as a composer include hymns and carols such as "Jesus, My God, Behold at Length the Time" and  "Hail, Holy Mission, Hail" and as a translator his "Angels We Have Heard on High" taken from the French "Les Anges dans nos Campagnes" is heard regularly throughout the Christmas period.  A writer of many pastoral letters, his other works include the publications St. Teresa's Own Words: Instructions on the Prayer of Recollection, Instructions How to Meditate and an edition of Coelum Christianum.   He died in Newcastle when he was 69 years old and is buried at Ushaw.

     

    Angels We Have Heard on High recordings

     

    Arch Brass Quintet

    AB 9401 (CD: We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

     

    Arturo Delmoni

    John Marks Records JMR 12 (CD: Rejoice!)

    Violin - Arturo Delmoni

    Violin - Alexander Romanul

    Viola - Katherine Murdock

    Cello - Nathaniel Rosen

     

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    Telarc 80087 (CD: The Many Moods of Christmas)

    Conductor - Robert Shaw 

     

    Craig Duncan and David Schnaufer

    Brentwood CD-5089J (CD: A Smoky Mountain Christmas)

    Hammered Dulcimer and Fiddle - Craig Duncan

    Mountain Dulcimer - David Schnaufer

     

    Nicolas Esterhazy Sinfonia

    Naxos 8 550670 (CD: Christmas Goes Baroque 2)

     

    Percy Faith and His Orchestra

    Columbia /Legacy CK 65401 (CD: Music of Christmas Vol. 2)

     

    Holiday Brass

    Music Masters 01782 (CD: Holiday Brass featuring Susan Slaughter)

    Trumpet - Susan Slaughter

    St. Louis Children's Choirs - Concert Choir

     

    Gregg Smith Singers recordings

    Sony 66300 (CD: Voices of Christmas)

    Gregg Smith Singers

    Texas Boys Choir

    Organ  E. Power Biggs

    Arranger  Robert De Cormier

     

    New Philharmonia Orchestra

    London 421-095 (CD: Joy of Christmas)

    Conductor - Richard Bonynge

    Soprano - Joan Sutherland

    Ambrosian Singers


    Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet

    Integra IMCD 801 (CD: A Christmas Delight)

     

    Philadelphia Brass Ensemble

    CBS MK 7033 (CD: A Festival of Carols in Brass)

     

    Philadelphia Orchestra & Chorus

    RCA 6430 (CD: Joy to the World)

    Conductor - Eugene Ormandy

     

    Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

    Telarc 80377 (CD: Songs of Angels)


    Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra

    RCA 6429 (CD: A Festival of Carols)

     

    Ayako Shinozaki

    Sony Classical SFK 62677 (CD: Silent Night/Beautiful Melodies of Christmas)

    Harp - Ayako Shinozaki

     

    St. Louis Cathedral Choir

    MusicMasters MM20047

    Organ - John Romeri

     

    Roger Wagner Chorale

    Capitol CDP 7 94688-2 (CD: Joy to the World)

     

    Joemy Wilson

    Dargason Music DMCD 103 (CD: Gifts: Traditional Christmas Carols)

    Hammer Dulcimer - Joemy Wilson

     

    Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass

    Track Records CD625 (CD: Tim Zimmerman & the King's Brass)

    Director - Tim Zimmerman

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/c/h/a/chadwick_j.htm
    2. http://www.stmaryscathedral.org.uk/cathedral_life/previous_bishops/james_chadwick.html
    3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_We_Have_Heard_on_High
    4. http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/angels_we_have_heard_on_high_1.htm
    5. http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bchad.html

     

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