At Choral Evensong on Sunday 9th September, the Parish Choir sang the anthem Blessed be the God and Father by SS Wesley.
Samuel Sebastian Wesley was the grandson of famed hymn writer and founding father of the Methodist Church Charles Wesley. He was also the 4th child of organist and composer Samuel Wesley who gave his son the middle name Sebastian as a tribute to Bach.
Blessed be the God and Father was written while Wesley was organist at Hereford Cathedral. He composed this piece for an Easter Sunday evensong service at the Cathedral in 1834; only trebles and a single bass voice were available which is why there are several unison alto/tenor/bass phrases. The words are from the first letter of Peter in the New Testament.
The video below is Blessed be the God and Father by SS Wesley, performed by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, London directed by John Scott with Christopher Dearnley on organ.