reinstating a music tradition
The recently discovered Evening Hymn, composed in the 1800s by Lord and Lady Tennyson for the Gordon Boys’ Home was sung once more last night by the Choir at Evensong. The Hymn, with words by Lord Tennyson and music by Lady Tennyson, was discovered hidden away in the Music Department and would have been sung by the boys from the Home as part of their daily worship, a tradition that continued well into the 20th Century. The Tennyson family were also instrumental in setting up the Gordon Boys’ Home and one of the first committees to consider establishing a memorial to General Gordon was chaired by Tennyson’s son, Hallam. The plan to establish a Home for poor boys was based on one originally suggested to Alfred, Lord Tennyson by General Gordon himself to carry on the work he had started at Gravesend.