Music at St. Mary’s

On this day…

On 17 May 1717, Dr William Croft and the choir of the Chapel Royal, along with Mr Baker, Mr Freeman and Mr Hughes, soloists who performed in many Handel premieres, came to Finedon to give the opening concert to celebrate the installation of our organ, a gift from Windsor Castle thanks to Revd John Dolben. Croft’s setting of Psalm 150 ‘Praise God in His Sanctuary’ was written for and performed at the concert. 300 years later, we commissioned the well-known composer Francis John Dolben Pott (descendent of the Dolben family) to create a setting of Psalm 150 ‘O Praise God in his holiness’ which was performed here by Peterborough Cathedral Choir in May 2017 alongside Croft’s original setting which we transcribed for the occasion. The organ was built around 1704 for Queen Anne by the organ builder known as Father Smith.

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