Walter Hussey

My study of Walter Hussey, Anglican patron of the arts at St Matthew’s Northampton and Chichester Cathedral, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

There is an introduction to the book here. The projected structure is:

Chapter 1: Introduction: the last great Anglican patron of the arts ?
WH’s posthumous reputation / Historiographical neglect / The Hussey papers / Why study WH ?

Chapter 2: Formation
Education and the formation of a connoisseur / Curacies / The Church of England and art in the 1930s / WH’s theology of art / Northampton St Matthew (1937-55)

Chapter 3: Jubilee
The 1943 Festival at Northampton and wartime morale / George Thalben-Ball / The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Adrian Boult / The first commission: Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb / A fanfare by Michael Tippett

Chapter 4: Expansion
Musical commissions: Finzi, Lo, the full final sacrifice / Lennox Berkeley, Festival Anthem / Edmund Rubbra / Malcolm Arnold
The poetry: W.H.Auden, Litany and Anthem for St Matthew’s Day / Norman Nicholson
Painting and sculpture: Henry Moore, Madonna and Child (1944) / Graham Sutherland, Crucifixion (1946)
Recitals and recitalists: Kirsten Flagstad
The ones that got away: T.S. Eliot, Igor Stravinsky, John Betjeman

Chapter 5: Networks
The revival in visual arts in the Church of England / WH and Kenneth Clark / WH and George Bell, bishop of Chichester / Previous attempts to bring WH to Chichester / Deans of Chichester and the cathedral’s art

Chapter 6: Communication
Religious language and the crisis of communication in the Sixties / The art commissions: Sutherland (again) / John Piper / Marc Chagall / Geoffrey Clarke / Cecil Collins / What were cathedrals for, now ?: WH as dean

Chapter 7: Chichester Psalms
William Walton, Chichester Service / William Albright / Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms / The Southern Cathedrals Festival / WH and John Birch, cathedral organist

Chapter Eight: Assessment
The blind spots: religious drama & architecture / The Chichester Festival Theatre / WH and the Sixties / WH as collector: Pallant House Gallery / WH as Anglican chaplain to the arts

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