Thomas A. Walmisley (1814–1856): Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis – Kampen Boys Choir – YouTube

Walmisley’s early display of musical talent led his organist father to send him to Thomas Attwood for lessons in composition. Aged sixteen he was appointed organist of Croydon Parish Church where he came to the notice of Thomas Miller who sponsored him to the combined organistships of Trinity and St John’s Colleges, Cambridge. His progress was  astoundingly rapid Walmisley was appointed to the chair of music, while still an undergraduate aged only 22 years old. In 1838 he took the BA degree and became a full member of Trinity College. He took the MA in 1841 and in 1848 presented himself for the degree of MusD. He was something of a musical pioneer who prophesied that Bach’s music would be recognised as the supreme accomplishment of a musical genius long before Bach’s music was well-known in England. By all accounts he was a brilliant organist and choir trainer under whose guidance the joint choir of Trinity and St John’s became known as one of the best in England.  Together with S.S Wesley he was responsible for undoing the effect of generations of neblect upon the standard of British Cathedral music. Unfortunately he was prone to depression from which he sought relief in wine his death at the relatively young age of forty was probably caused by alcoholism. Much of his music is now lost but that which survives is well worth listening particularly when sung by a talented choir such as the invariably excellent Kampen Boys Choir. Enjoy :-).


‘Magnificat’ en ‘Nunc Dimittis’ gezongen door het Kampen Boys Choir (NL).
Het Kampen Boys Choir staat onder leiding van Rintje te Wies. De opname vond plaats in de Martinikerk te Doesburg op 29 maart 2014.
Het stuk is gecomponeerd door Thomas A. Walmisley.

‘Magnificat’ en ‘Nunc Dimittis’ sang by the Kampen Boys Choir (NL) and conducted by Rintje te Wies.
The recording was made in the Martinikerk Doesburg (NL) on March 29th 2014.
‘Magnificat’ en ‘Nunc Dimittis’ is composed by Thomas A. Walmisley.

Audio recording: Chiel Timmer
Video editing: Jeroen Strijker

Video & Description Source: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis van Thomas A. Walmisley – Kampen Boys Choir – YouTube Published on 8 Sep 2014 by Henk Stoel.

Text Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis

Magnificat My soul doth magnify the LordNunc dimittis Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace

My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my saviour.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden:
for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel.
As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.
To be a light to lighten the gentiles,
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

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