This magnificent tapestry forms the reredos for the high altar in Chichester Cathedral. It was commissioned in 1966 by Dean Walter Hussey from John Piper. Piper's wife, Myfanwy Piper, was librettist for three of Benjamin Britten's operas, and John Piper designed the Britten memorial window in Aldeburgh Church.
Walter Hussey was a prolific patron of the arts, and among his many commissions was Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which was composed for the 1965 Chichester Festival. The work received its premiere in New York with the composer conducting on July 15th 1965, and was performed two weeks later in Chichester with the cathedral's organist John Birch conducting. My lower photo shows the tapestry titled The Reconciliation Gobelin by the German artist Ursula Benker-Schirmer which hangs in the cathedral's retro-choir. This magnificent work, which was made in Bavaria and England, was commissioned after Dean Hussey retired and was installed in 1985, the year of his death.
These photos were taken in May this year when we attended Compline in Chichester Cathedral en route to catching the overnight cross-Channel ferry. We are off on our travels again in a few days. So this will be the last post On An Overgrown Path for a while and there will be delays in moderating comments and responding to emails. Please support other music blogs while I am away and remember -
Keep flowing. We should learn from the river which keeps itself pure and healthy by continuing to flow. If a river gets blocked and the flow is hindered it stagnates, produces a stink and mosquitos breed. We should be like the flowing river - Vinoba Bhave
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