WXXI remembers a great man, and a dear friend.
On Sunday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Classical 91.5 will broadcast the Evensong Celebration of Richard Gladwell, the host of With Heart and Voice, who passed away on October 15, 2009 after battling cancer. The Evensong celebration was held at Asbury First United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Choirs from Asbury Church, Christ Church, Third Presbyterian Church, Downtown United Presbyterian, Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Saint Anne Church, Saint Luke Church and Saint Paul Church participated in the traditional Anglican liturgy.
The music included Parry: I was Glad; Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G; Brahms: How lovely is Thy dwelling place; and Cary Ratcliff: Praise God with Heart and Voice. The prelude was offered by the Emerald Brass Quintet and Madrigalia. To follow along with the service, you can download a pdf of the program here.
Mr. Gladwell hosted his weekly program of choral and organ music, which was heard Sunday mornings on Classical 91.5/90.3/FM-HD91.5-1, and on more than 100 radio stations across the country for the past 20 years.
On March 29, 2009 Mr. Gladwell received the prestigious Benemerenti Medal, one of the Vatican’s highest honors to the laity. Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark presented the medal before more than 700 guests at a special concert in Mr. Gladwell’s honor at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Upon receiving the award, Mr. Gladwell said “This award, coming to me in the twilight of my years, reminds me that God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform. I am thankful for the chance to do what I have done over the past 35 years, to bring His music to the attention of the public.”
Mr. Gladwell was born and educated in London, England. At age 6, he auditioned and was accepted as a chorister in an East London church. He was firmly entrenched in the choral tradition of the Anglican Church and its repertory. Gladwell later received his musical education through the extramural program of Birmingham University in conjunction with the British Broadcasting Council. He came to the United States in 1955 and worked in management positions for both Xerox and Kodak. As a collector of recordings, he was interested in radio and was given a part-time job as an announcer for a Rochester classical music station.