English composer Robert Lucas de Pearsall was born in Clifton (Bristol) into a rich Quaker family on 14 March 1795, and was educated privately, although he was possibly self-taught as a composer.
He's known mostly for his vocal and choral music, and particularly for his setting of In Dulci Jubilo and his 1840 part song setting of Lay a Garland.
Robert Pearsall spent the last three decades of his life abroad, first in Germany and then in Switzerland. He died on 5 August 1856 at his home, Wartensee Castle near Rorschach, Switzerland.
Ensemble. Plenty of Expressive Contrast - The Sitwell Singers' 2022 Christmas concert, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Bouncy Vitality - The Sitwell Singers' Christmas concert, heard by Mike Wheeler
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CD Spotlight. Joy and Wonder - Merton College Oxford's new Christmas CD, recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'The singing is not only exquisite but has that sense of magic and glory that instills in one's spirit a genuine feeling of hope for a true fraternal love among all men.'
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