James Walch

WALCH, James. b. Egerton, Bolton, Lancashire, 21 June 1837; d. Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, North Wales. 30 August 1901. Taught by his father and by Henry Smart*, Walch was organist of a chapel at Walmersley, near Bolton, and of three churches in Bolton itself (Duke’s Alley Congregational Church, Bridge Street Wesleyan Chapel, and St George’s Parish Church) before becoming a music dealer. He is remembered for the tune TIDINGS, composed as an alternative to his teacher Henry Smart’s PILGRIMS for ‘Hark! hark! my soul! Angelic songs are swelling’* by Frederick William Faber*. Although it did not dislodge Smart’s tune in Britain, in the USA it became widely known as the tune for ‘O Zion, haste,...

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