James Nares (1715-1783)

James Nares was an English composer of mostly sacred vocal works, though he also composed for the harpsichord and organ. He began his career as Deputy Organist of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and was later appointed Organist of York Minster in 1735. In 1756, he became organist and composer to George III at the Chapel Royal. It is believed that Nares was the first person systematically to publish a series of keyboard lessons for students of the piano.


James Nares' chants appear three times in the Anglican Chant Psalter, six times in The Canadian Psalter, and once in the red hymnal. In all of that, however, there are really only four different chants.


Encore standard notation

The following links let you hear Mr. Nares' chant, played by the computer on a synthesised organ.
It will play twice, and clicking on the link again will cause it to repeat.

You might need to click Refresh on your browser, or press F5 before playing, as the chant files change regularly.

Full four-part chant

Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
Hear the part Soprano only Alto only Tenor only Bass only
Karaoke No Soprano No Alto No Tenor No Bass

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J. Malton
May 10, 2007

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