DAVID ARNOLD – Some Sussex musical notes

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In 1931 Eleanor Farjeon wrote the popular hymn “Morning Has Broken” in Alfriston after being by the inspired by the beauty she saw around her.

The song was recorded by Cat Stevens in the 1970s and became a smash hit record.

In 1989 Haywards Heath residents Brett Anderson and Mat Osma helped form Suede, a band that helped kick-start the Britpop movement.

The composer of “The Snowman” and “Walking in the Air”, Howard Blake OBE, also lived in Sussex.

That evergreen favourite anthem at Proms concerts, “Jerusalem” was composed Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. He died just two years later in Rustington, West Sussex, a victim of the post-Great War worldwide flu pandemic. The words to the song had been created just over a century earlier at Felpham (also in West Sussex) as a short poem by William Blake.

Wadhurst in East Sussex gives its name to a hymn written by composer Sir Michael Tippet who lived for a time at Tidebrook Manor in the village.

Eric Coates was in Sussex when he wrote “By the Sleepy Lagoon”. We know it best as the opening theme music for Desert Island Discs, the popular Sunday morning radio show that has been running since 1942.