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Organist and composer Healey Willan was born at Balham in London, UK, on 12 October 1880, and emigrated to Canada in 1913 to work in Toronto as head of the music theory department at the Canadian Conservatory of Music.
As president (in 1923) of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, he mischievously set the club's constitution to music.
He wrote much music for use in church services at St Mary Magdalene's church in Toronto, and wrote an anthem, O Lord, Our Governour, for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.
Willan died in Toronto on 16 February 1968.
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