WAINSGATE'S MUSICAL HERITAGE
Wainsgate has always been associated with music, particularly choirs.
Richard Ashworth was the first secretary of Wainsgate Musical Society, established in 1843. His son Albert Richard Ashworth was choirmaster for over 50 years, and under his leadership the choir took first prize at the Nonconformist Choir Festival at Crystal Palace in 1908 (see photo above). On Albert’s death in 1933, the congregation appointed his son Raymond as choirmaster, a position he held until his death in 1974.
In 1951 the choir recorded two discs for HMV, including John Fawcett’s hymn ‘Blest be the Tie that Binds’.