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Walter Hussey

Born: May 15, 1909

Death: Jan 1, 1985

Nationality: United States

Walter Hussey

Date of Birth : May 15, 1909
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1985

Walter Hussey was an English priest of the Church of England who had a great fondness for the arts, commissioning a number of musical compositions and visual art for the church as well as amassing his own collection. Hussey was born in Northampton and was educated at Marlborough College. After studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Keble College, Oxford, he studied at Ripon College Cuddesdon and was ordained in 1932. His first ministry was as assistant curate of St Mary Abbots, Kensington. Within five years he was vicar of St Matthew's Northampton, a position he held from 1937 to 1955. As vicar of St Matthew's he celebrated the church's 50th anniversary by commissioning Rejoice in the Lamb from Benjamin Britten. He later organised a concert by Kirsten Flagstad. Other commissions included Henry Moore's Madonna and Child sculpture, a Litany and Anthem for St Matthew's Day from W. H. Auden, Lo, the full, final sacrifice from Gerald Finzi, Crucifixion from Graham Sutherland, and The Outer Planet from Norman Nicholson. Hussey left Northampton to become Dean of Chichester Cathedral, holding the position until he retired in 1977.

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