Celebrating Richard Gladwell

Richard Gladwell in his gardenWe are deeply saddened to share the news that Richard Gladwell passed away on Thursday morning, October 15 at 10:25. He was with his wife, granddaughter, and a dear friend, and died quietly and peacefully.

Richard was diagnosed with brain cancer in June. After surgery was able to spend time with his extended family, including several weeks at a lake house in upstate New York. Throughout his illness he was surrounded by family and friends in his beautiful sunroom looking out on his beloved garden.

On Sunday, November 1st, the community gathered to celebrate the life of Richard Glawell with a traditional Anglican Evensong at Asbury First United Methodist Church. Area church choirs, members of the Rochester Oratorio Society, Madrigalia and the Emerald Brass Quintet all joined forces to pay tribute our friend. Here is the program of the November 1st celebration. (pdf)

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On October 25, WXXI broadcast a special tribute to With Heart and Voice host, Richard Gladwell. Co-hosted by Jeanne Fisher and Peter DuBois, the program included portions of interviews that Richard recorded over the years, along with some of his favorite music including Sir Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from the Brahms Requiem, Steal Away as sung by Jessye Norman, John Rutter’s Requiem and hymns by Stanford and Vaughan Williams.

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Richard Gladwell

I was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word and of its choir when I lived in Rochester from 1984 - 1987. I was privileged to meet Richard when the choir was taped for one of the With Heart and Voice broadcasts. I have never forgotten how gracious he was with us and can still hear his voice when he described the choir during the broadcast. For awhile I had the broadcast on a VHS tape (the only way I knew to record it at that time), but it eventually wore out. I thank God for Richard and for the program which I am so glad is still going and is now available all over the US.

Condolescences

I just learned of Richard Gladwell's passing to spirit. Having been in my church choir as a single woman in my home church, of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the Bronx, I enjoyed listening to "With Heart and Voice" every Sunday evening on my public radio station MPBN in Maine. I looked forward to listening to the wonderful presentations as each program celebrated the liturgical seasons. This was part of Sunday programming that both ended my weekend and began a new week in musical prayer.

Several years ago I contacted him to ask why the progamming was changed on my public radio station that excluded With Heart and Voice. He responded that I needed to contact my local station ... which I did.

I am so sorry to hear that he suffered as he did, but am glad that his wife and those who meant the closest to him were with him.

I am sure Richard Gladwell is using his gifts to help and lead choirs of angels and souls as they sing / play their music with expert programming.

Your spirit lives, Richard Gladwell.

a great loss

I truly enjoyed listening to WHV on Sunday nights in the Albany, NY area. Mr. Gladwell always seem like such a gentle soul. He is sorely missed.

Richard Gladwell's passing

I am just learning of Richard Gladwell's passing (as I go from one link to the next after viewing WFMT's website) and offer my belated but hearfelt appreciation for the many Sunday mornings I spent listening to "With Heart and Voice" on WFMT in Chicago. I often felt like I was the only person who would be up at 6:00 on a Sunday morning, and it was such a treat to hear this lovely English voice (I'm half English so I'm biased) share all this music. I look forward to taking a moment to listen to the celebration of his life. Thank you for posting this.

Sunday mornings with Heart and Voice

I am an obscure listener of WFDD Radio here in my home town and have seldom missed a Sunday morning with Richard Gladwell and With Heart and Voice. It pained me to know about his illness, but was glad that the program was continued by releasing older programs. Somehow I felt a personal connection to Mr. Gladwell and I miss him and wish him well in his continuing journey.

Missing the golden notes of Richard Gladwell's voice

Every Sunday a.m, my husband Sonny, would leave me, still snuggled in my blankets, to go to the health club, but not before turning on WFMT (Chicagoland) so that I could listen to With Heart and Voice..as he did on the radio, on his drive to the club.
What a delicious way to wake up (or occasionally drift back to a heavenly sleep!) on a Sunday morning. Somehow, this was a special connection between my husband and me. As music always was, in our lives.
I lost my dearest Sonny 5 years ago this Sept. 1st. Today, as I turned on WFMT, I just heard that Richard Gladwell had passed away on Oct 15th of last year. Interesting that this was the same day that both my dad and my husband's mom passed away (different years, however). I just seems to strengthen the connection.
The music was sublime, but to me, just as sublime, was the soothing, calming, serene voice of Richard Gladwell.
Having lost a most wonderful husband myself, my deepest and sincerest condolences go to his wife, as I know how hard it is to loose "a good one". But they will live on forever, in our hearts.
I am so grateful that the music, and his voice, continue on WFMT..and hope that they continue to do so, for a very long time to come. And also, thank you to WFMT for the most wonderful and remarkable work you do EVERY DAY!

Richard Gladwell

I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Gladwell. He and the wonderful music on With Heart and Voice started my Sunday with Joy and Peace. Please, please keep the show on air as it the the best. I love to hear his voice and music and you must have years of programs that can go on and on.

He must have been a very nice person.

Delores Mallory
Lockwood Folly
North Carolina

The Dalles

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Richard Gladwell

Sadly, the Lord let this servant depart in peace according to His wishes. Many years of enjoyment and appreciation were given by Richard in sharing his deep knowledge and love for the choral traditions. In the tradition of Stanford, Richard did magnify the Lord. May his soul continue to magnify the Lord and best wishes to Peter DuBois in continuing this very large legacy (even though MPBN broadcasts this program at 5, five, AM).

Richard Gladwell

I had been aware for some time that WMHT was no longer playing WHaV and, perhaps fearing the worst, had not looked into the reason. Now that I know, I can only offer thanks to Mr. Gladwell for all the pleasure and beauty he has given me. As a former treble, I still find the Anglican tradition of church music the most beautiful of all and my only complaint about WHaV was that it was too short. Requiescat in pace...

On Richard Gladwell and "With Heart and Voice"

When I heard Peter Dubois today, talking about the upcoming show for this week, I realized for the first time that the respite, the escape, the person whose voice could take away any amount of stress on a Sunday eveing that had accumulated over the hours of the previous week, Richard Gladwell, was dead. I suppose that he had recorded programs which we heard after his death. There is not a program which lifts the spirits and sooths the soul more than does "With Heart and Voice." I suppose it can all be summed up in the name of the show. May the soul of Richard Gladwell be ever serenaded by the multitude of heavenly hosts, with all the lovely and blessedly calming music which he so giftedly, magically and faithfully brought into our ears and hearts for so long.

Richard Gladwell

For a variety of reasons, I have been "out of the loop" and did not realize that Richard Gladwell had died until just now. Words fail me to describe his huge contribution to my knowledge of sacred music. When I worked for KWBU, I always asked to do the pledge breaks for his program because I think it is such a wonderful, peaceful program. Heaven must be so much richer now. I will remember him for the rest of my life.

After listening to a repeat

After listening to a repeat program of Richard's this evening on With Heart and Voice (KCSC - Edmond, OK), we are reminded of the musical blessings so richly bestowed on us all by Richard's wonderful programs. Please keep them coming! God be praised for His musical gifts bestowed through His servant, Richard Gladwell, and the performances featured on Richard's many episodes of With Heart and Voice!

Dennis Smith

Richard Gladwell

Thank you WXXI for the foresight to give us a reprise of so many of Richard's excellent broadcast gleaned from the many years of his presentations on With Heart and Voice. His voice, message, joy, incredible knowledge, skill at blending various excellent expressions of religious music from the stand point of artistic performance and spiritual worship through music, and love of his audience and the task before him, will live on for many years to come in my heart and I feel sure the hearts of countless friends throughout the country. Thank you WXXI!!!
Peace, George Ellis Mims

WITH HEART AND VOICE

RICHARD AND WITH HEART AND VOICE HAVE BEEN MY SUNDAY MASS FOR MANY YEARS, ALMOST REPLACING MY NEED TO ATTEND A FRACTURED CHURCH FOR STRENGTH TO LIVE ANOTHER WEEK. AFTER A STROKE LAST SEPTEMBER I WAS UNABLE TO HEAR THE PROGRAM FOR MANY MONTHS AND THIS WEEK(O7/2010) WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE A RADIO THAT WOULD AGAIN REACH WITH HEART AND VOICE AT LONG LAST.
YESTERDAY I WAS UNABLE TO FIND THE PROGRAM THROUGH WMHT AND WAS ANGRY AT THE STATION, BUT CONTINUED TO SEARCH THE NET UNTIL I FOUND THE FACT THAT RICHARD HAD DIED. I JUST FINISHED PRAYING FOR HIM AND LISTENING TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORIAL SERVICE OF EVENING PRAYER. TO SAY I MISS HIM AND WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HIM IS INADEQUATE TO COMPENSATE FOR WHAT STRENGTH HE GIVE ME EVERY WEEK. EVEN ON LINE I FELT HIS SPIRIT NEAR. I DO AND SHALL MISS HIM AS A VITAL PART OF MY LIFE. MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON HIM.

Richard Gladwell

I know he's been gone since Nov., however, I still listen as often as I can I Sunday mornings at 6:00am (in Chicago), hoping that WFMT will still be broadcasting past programs. Only this morning I heard a new voice, introducing the program and I realized, the days of Mr. Gladwell are soon to be over. Oh, how I will miss his calm voice and music selection. And, the interesting part here is that I am an non-believer, an atheist. But, I still thoroughly enjoy the music and choral pieces. I sit at my front window and watch the sun come up over the roofs of the houses. It's the perfect start to my Sunday and I recommend it to all my friends.

He will be missed.

Richard's Passing

So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I corresponded with him several times telling him how "compete" he made my Sundays. He will be missed.

Merkel Dupuy

Richard Gladwell

I just read about the passing of Richard Gladwell. I feel as though I have lost a dear friend. He was a class act and my most favorite program on the radio. I was always uplifted with his choice of music and most especially his delightful introduction. Eternal rest grant unto Richard O Lord. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

Brother Jerome, O.S.A.
St. Rita Monastery
Chicago, Illinois

Richard Gladwell

This morning I read many of the thoughtful recollections of fans of Richard Gladwell. I am hoping that his programs have been collected and will be available for purchase. Please let me know if you learn that this wonderful collection is available on CD or MP3. It cannot be true that his voice and experiences will never be heard again.

Recorded legacy of Richard Gladwell

I second this request for access to Richard Gladwell's recorded programs. His comforting manner and inspiring choices of music came together to create the most uniquely beautiful hour in all broadcast radio. Surely there must be hundreds of these stored with WXXI. There are many here that would be thrilled to hear them again! If you could find a way to make them available for purchase, or even the occasional re-broadcast, we would be most grateful.

Richards Love for music

His broardcast would play at 6:00 am on Sunday mornings. I felt like a child waiting for his show to start. I e-mailed him once and told him of the joy his show brought me every Sunday. I'm thrilled that you now play his pre-recorded shows. I don't think it would be the same without his calming voice. Thank you for Richard, and may God Rest His Soul.

Sincerely
Stephen Will

richard gladwell

i'm sorry to hear that richard gladwell had died.even though i live in america i thoroughly enjoyed his program. he will be missed by all.

Thankyou, thankyou

For the years of early morning delight each Sunday in Hawaii. The radiant music and the humorous, quiet and enlightening voice of Richard Gladwell is sorely missed.

I am thankful to have heard.

Aloha oe, Mr. Gladwell.

Tim Dick

Grateful to Discover the Continuation of With Heart and Voice

This Valentine's Day we are so grateful that our clock radio continues to wake us on Sunday mornings to the music selected and presented by the friendly voice of Richard Gladwell. We appreciate that this continuation/rebroadcast of these programs may have required considerable collaboration/cooperation of family, NPR and our local public radio station, KUHF. Thanks! We hope that you keep it alive for many years.

Sincerely, James and Carol

Tribute to Richard Gladwell

Several years ago I was in Ely Cathedral in England, talking to an assistant organist about musical programs on the radio. When I mentioned "With Heart and Voice," a woman bounded up saying that she lived down the street from Richard Gladwell and was so pleased to hear someone speak of him so far from home. I wished I had gotten her name.

In any event, the incident confirmed the global reach of his programs. We shall miss the programs, and miss Richard.

Sundays are diminished

Like so many others, I shall miss Richard Gladwell's uplifting program and his keen wit. I am grateful to have had that weekly hour of sinful pleasure for so many years.

My condolences to his family.

Thank You

I am thankful for having the gift of Richard Gladwell's show as part of my early Sunday morning routine for the past couple of years. Richard's presentation was so joyful and thoughtful--I will greatly miss hearing him. May his family find comfort in knowing how many people he touched.

His music was his heart

Back in the early mid ‘90s I had the pleasure of speaking with
Richard via telephone. He had aired a piece that had so haunted me and with its title forgotten--contacting him was unavoidable. Richard was one of the most gracious men alive, taking the time to recall the show and chatting about other things of the day. I sent to him a little video on the Richmond area I had assembled and he later let me know how much he liked it. We meet so many people only once--on a street, or in a public place or on the phone. But with some, like Richard--the music of their hearts lingers on with us--and we are blessed…

Richard Gladwell

Sunday 11-22-09
I was disheartened to hear Richard had died. He and his program on WXXI was heard here in Orlando. He started my Sunday. Richard was so knowledgeable. It was fun to hear him talk about the churches in England and play his favorite music. I have memories of all this, but shall really miss this communication with church music......

Thanks Richard!

Larry Hermann

Richard Gladwell

For several years Richard Gladwell and "With Heart and Voice" were part of my Sunday nights on Maine Public Radio. Sadly, I lost touch with WHV after MPBN changed its schedule and, even more sadly, I learned of Richard Gladwell's recent death. I dearly wish Richard home to his eternal reward and thank him for the years he shared his love of music with all of us. Though he is gone I hope to hear and enjoy his words and the music he loved for years to come.