I head a voice from Heaven by John Goss, edited by Andrew Reid
This anthem is from The Order for the Burial of the Dead, published in 1868 to critical acclaim in The Musical Times and separately issued in 1870.
Sir John Goss was born to a musical family in Fareham, Hampshire. He was a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal, London, and later a pupil of Thomas Attwood, organist of St Paul’s Cathedral. After a brief period as a chorus member in an opera company he was appointed organist of a chapel in south London, later moving to more prestigious organ posts at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea and finally St Paul’s Cathedral, where he struggled to improve musical standards.
From 1827 to 1874, Goss was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, teaching harmony. He also taught at St Paul’s. Among his pupils at the academy were Arthur Sullivan, Frederic Cowen and Frederick Bridge. His best-known pupil at St Paul’s was John Stainer, who succeeded him as organist there.