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     Wade, John Francis (1711-16th August 1786)

    He was a hymnist and Catholic layman born in England with his father being a cloth merchant. It is known that he was a Catholic layman and there are two stories about his move to France but one is that he had fled persecution by 1731 and went to Flanders, Belgium, and the other is that he fled in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and he went and lived in Douay, France, with other Catholic exiles from England.  He took a position as a music teacher of church and Latin song and was a copier of hymn manuscripts and plainchant to be used privately and by local chapels.  He had many connections in the Catholic music world and was acquainted with Thomas Arne and Samuel Webbe among many others as well as it being said that he was "an instrumental force in the English revival of plainchant".   Maybe as early as 1740, it is known that he wrote the song "Adeste Fideles" which is still popular today and more commonly known as "O Come All Ye Faithful".  He died in Douay, France, at around the age of 75.

     

    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

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/w/a/d/wade_jf.htm
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Francis_Wade
    3. http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/adeste_fideles.htm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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