Faith And Art - The Hussey Legacy




Walter Hussey (1909-1985) was described as the last great patron of arts in the Church of England.

David Owen Norris explores how the works he commissioned for his parish in Northampton, from the likes of Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Benjamin Britten, revolutionised the way Anglicans engaged with modern art.

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David Owen Norris looks at the continuing influence of Walter Hussey (1909-1985) on church art and debates whether his original vision has been lost or realised.

When Hussey was made Dean of Chichester in 1956, he continued his passion for modern art, installing controversial works by Sutherland, Chagall and John Piper in the cathedral, and commissioning Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

Featured music includes:

Walton: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (extracts)

Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge

Christopher Whitton (organ)

Christopher Robinson (conductor)

William Albright: Mass, Sanctus and Benedictus

Chichester Cathedral Choir

Alan Thurlow (conductor)

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, first movement

Vienna Youth Choir

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Geoffrey Burgon: Songs of Creation (extracts)

James Thomas (organ)

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, extract from third movement

Kenneth Leighton: Let all the World (extracts)

Finzi Singers

Andrew Lumsden (organ)

Paul Spicer (director).