Above: Glasgow Cathedral
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ALBERT LISTER PEACE (JANUARY 26, 1844-MARCH 14, 1912)
Organist in England and Scotland
Albert Lister Peace, born in Yorkshire, was a musical prodigy. He demonstrated perfect pitch at age five. From ages nine to twenty-one Peace played the organ for his parish at Holinfirth, Yorkshire.
Peace spent much of his life in Glasgow, Scotland. At age twenty-one he became the Organist at Trinity Congregational Church. He also served in that capacity at the University of Glasgow, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hillshead Parish Church, St. Andrew’s Halls, and Glasgow Cathedral over time. The Church of Scotland had lifted its ban on organs in 1865, so Peace, with his reputation as a skilled musician and his degrees from Glasgow and Oxford, worked during a Renaissance in Scottish organ music. In fact, he opened two-thirds of the organs built in Scotland from 1865 to 1890.
Peace returned to England in 1897, becoming the Organist at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. He served in that capacity until his death.
Peace’s dedication to church music and the excellence thereof found expression in the service books he edited for the Church of Scotland:
- The Scottish Hymnal (1885)
- Psalms and Paraphrases with Tunes (1886)
- The Psalter with Chants (1888)
- The Scottish Anthem Book (1891).
He also composed at least two hymn tunes, Guild and St. Margaret. Some readers of this post might recognize St. Margaret as the tune for “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.”
Worship matters. Reverent worship–not entertainment masquerading as worship–is vital. The examples of people such as Alfred Lister Peace reinforce that principle.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 15, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., NATIONAL BAPTIST PASTOR
Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness:
You have shown us the splendor of creation in the work of your servant Albert Lister Peace.
Teach us to drive from the world all chaos and disorder,
that our eyes may behold your glory,
and that at last everyone may know the inexhaustible richness of your new creation
in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 28:5-6 or Hosea 14:5-8 or 2 Chronicles 20:20-21
Philippians 4:8-9 or Ephesians 5:18b-20
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 61
Revised on December 24, 2016