The Gloucester Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and fascinating place of worship that I have been to. A fine example of English cathedral design, it is home to about 400 memorials and some of the most beautiful stained glass windows I have seen.
I was particularly taken in by the variety and different styles of the stained glass windows, which range in age from the 14th to the 20th century. But the one stained glass window that caught my attention was the Herbert Howells memorial window.
Herbert Howells was an English composer and organist known for his Anglican church music. His greatest known work is the Hymnus Paradisi, which was completed, orchestrated and performed for the first time in 1950 at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. The Herbert Howells memorial window, which illustrates his music, was done by Caroline Swash in 1992.
I had not heard of Herbert Howells or his music till my visit to Gloucester Cathedral. And I couldn’t have asked for a more creative introduction to his work through this memorial window at the Cathedral.
Don’t you agree 🙂