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Isaac Watts Singing

Watts’s Mount, Abney Park Cemetery,
Stoke Newington, London, United Kingdom

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On the 340th anniversary of the birth of Isaac Watts, a special singing was held in Abney Park Cemetery on Watts’s Mount (the exact spot where he liked to sit, contemplate, and would have written many of his hymns). All songs chosen from The Sacred Harp were those using Watts’s texts. Tom Woolner welcomed the class at 3:00 p.m., and then led 111b. The opening prayer was offered by Joe Jones.

Leaders: Michael Walker 28b; Arthur Swindells 57; Werner Ullah 472; Neil Rogers 34b; Francis Gaskin 30b; Adrian Hilton 276; Nigel Bowley 300; Paul Dean 192; Sarah Hill 435; Jan Lawrence 49b; Teresa Maguire 344; Joe Jones 565; Erin Johnson Hill 464; Tom Woolner 183; Michael Walker 290; Joe Jones 178; Arthur Swindells “Abney Park” (new composition using Watts’s text); Werner Ullah 481; Neil Rogers 28t; Francis Gaskin 377; Adrian Hilton 86; Paul Dean 155; Nigel Bowley 517; Sarah Hill 200; Jan Lawrence 107; Teresa Maguire 47t; Erin Johnson Hill 71; Joe Jones 225t; Michael Walker 566.

Joe Jones offered the closing prayer, after which the class was dismissed.

Chairman and Secretary—Tom Woolner