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After serving in the armed forces during World War I, Hilary P. Chadwyck-Healey (b. London, England, 1888; d. Harrow, London, 1976) entered the electrical business, a position he retained until his retirement in 1956. He also retained his strong interest in composition and published choral, piano, and organ works. He served as a director of the Royal Academy of Music and as a vice-president of the Royal School of Church Music.
Chadwyck-Healey composed RADWELL around 1940 in London as a setting for Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) "Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning." RADWELL was set to a variety of texts in Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised (1950) and in several later hymnals, including the Canadian Anglican and United Hymn Book (1971).
RADWELL is distinguished by an effective climax at the end of its third line. Sing in unison.