Richard Gladwell, the syndicated church music host and Episcopalian, has died in Rochester, NY at 88 of cancer.
British-born, with an Anglican background, he hosted an hour-long sacred music program, With Heart and Voice, for 30 years in over 100 radio markets from public station WXXI-FM Rochester.
In March 2009 he received the Benemerenti medal from Benedict XVI during a special concert in his honor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. The medal is one of the Vatican’s highest honors to the laity.
Richard Gladwell passed away on Thursday morning, October 15 at 10:25. He was with his wife, granddaughter, and a dear friend, and died quietly and peacefully.
Richard was diagnosed with brain cancer in June. After surgery was able to spend time with his extended family, including several weeks at a lake house in upstate New York. Throughout his illness he was surrounded by family and friends in his beautiful sunroom looking out on his beloved garden.
This Sunday, October 18, WXXI will broadcast a special tribute to With Heart and Voice host, Richard Gladwell. Co-hosted by Jeanne Fisher and Peter DuBois, the program will include portions of interviews that Richard recorded over the years, and will feature some of his favorite music. Selections include Sir Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from the Brahms Requiem, Steal Away as sung by Jesse Norman, John Rutter’s Requiem and hymns by Stanford and Vaughan Williams. The With Heart and Voice Tribute to Richard Gladwell will be broadcast this Sunday morning at 10:00, and again Sunday evening at 6:00. Tune in to WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY-FM 90.3, WXXI-HD 91.5-2, or listen on the web at www.wxxi.org/listen.