April 2024 Volume 20

Douglas Forrest – the Musician!

Rev. Dr. Barry Davies
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Did you know that Mr Forrest, the Headmaster, as well as very actively participating and encouraging the development of a concert choir from the smaller Chapel Choir, was also a composer and a soloist?

Mr. Forrest not only wrote sacred choral music for the choir to sing at Holy Eucharist and other services, but he composed a number of secular songs such as “Love's Asleep” and both the words and music for “Robin's Adventure”.

Mr. Forrest also wrote alternate melodies for well-known hymns such as Charles Wesley's “Love Divine, How Sweet Thou Art”.

Mr. Forrest was a fine singer, and, from time to time, for a whole week, he sang different psalms (with me as organist) on my daily RJR morning broadcasts.

Mr. Forrest sang with great confidence and authority. His “chanting” of the appropriate daily psalms was well received by listeners for whom it was an unusual experience – hearing a headmaster singing on the radio, and especially since he sang from the Anglican Psalter.

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