Gladstone, William Henry

Composer

b Hawarden, Flintshire 1840, d Westminster, London 1891. Eton Coll and Christ Ch Oxford; the eldest son of Prime Minister Wm E Gladstone, who followed his father into the House of Commons as MP for 20 years in all, in turn for Chester, Whitby and E Worcs. He inherited the Hawarden Estate, and often played the organ of the parish church. Respected as a scholar in history, classics, and Anglican church music; as a musician himself, he edited A Selection of Hymns and Tunes (1882), which the organist Prof Sir Walter Parratt called ‘the only hymnbook I know which has no bad tunes’. His music was composed mainly for the organ and included 10 hymn tunes, one of which has proved an outstanding success. No.663.

Tunes and arrangements by Gladstone, William Henry

Tune Name
Ombersley