Celebrating Richard Gladwell

Richard Gladwell in his gardenWe are deeply saddened to share the news that 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.

On Sunday, November 1st, the community gathered to celebrate the life of Richard Glawell with a traditional Anglican Evensong at Asbury First United Methodist Church. Area church choirs, members of the Rochester Oratorio Society, Madrigalia and the Emerald Brass Quintet all joined forces to pay tribute our friend. Here is the program of the November 1st celebration. (pdf)

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On October 25, WXXI broadcast a special tribute to With Heart and Voice host, Richard Gladwell. Co-hosted by Jeanne Fisher and Peter DuBois, the program included portions of interviews that Richard recorded over the years, along with some of his favorite music including Sir Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from the Brahms Requiem, Steal Away as sung by Jessye Norman, John Rutter’s Requiem and hymns by Stanford and Vaughan Williams.

With Heart and Voice Tribute to Richard Gladwell - listen to the complete episode using this special player:

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I am a listener of this

I am a listener of this wonderful program from Knoxville, Tennessee. I don't check the website very regularly, but I just checked to see what tonight's playlist would be, and I saw the news. I am a young lover and singer of sacred choral music, and his program introduced me to many of my favorites.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Gladwell.

Richard's memorial last Sunday

Dear Jeanne and the rest of the WXXI staff and friends of Richard,
I just wanted to thank you all so much for the absolutely wonderful memorial to Richard at Asbury Church last Sunday. It was absolutely wonderful; the music was so beautiful and exactly what he would have wanted. I noticed the microphones in the church and saw the WXXI broadcast van was outside, so am I correct in understanding that the service was broadcast live? I was wondering also if it was recorded, as some of my friends had wanted to attend but were unable to be in town last Sunday.
Mrs. Gladwell, you and my family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you again, WXXI for such a wonderful, inspiring broadcast as WHV.

I will miss his shows

Richard Gladwell showed us all God's joy in music. My sympathy to his family, and I am grateful for the years his program aired (in Chicago).

What a wonderful legacy -- he will be missed.

M. M. Peterson
Warrenville, Illinois

Thank you, Richard Gladwell

I was saddened by the loss of Richard Gladwell. We moved to Houston, TX in 1985 and became loyal listeners to KUHF-FM and "With Heart and Voice" and have continued to listen missing very few Sundays. Even though I did not know him personally, I felt as if he was part of our Sunday family. It was part of our routine to listen as we prepared for church and choral duties. As a lover of choral music, I know that there will be a void in my life. I pray that we will be able to honor his legacy by listening to rebroadcasts. They can not be repeated too often.

Thank You

I have listened to his broadcasts here in Richmond, VA for nearly 8 years. Incredible music, and the background he provided was very helpful to me. Short intros, but very insightful. I never met him, though I wish I could have, but he opened my mind to some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. He will be sorely missed. What a wonderful human being he must have been. May he rest in God's presence forever, and be eternally serenaded by the inspiring and soul-shaking music he shared with the world. God Bless You, Richard.

inspirational condolences

I have spent many Sunday mornings with Richard Gladwell as my companion as I walk a quiet beach In Hawaii. In the beauty of the waves and blue sky I have heard his voice and listened to the music he so carefully selected for all of us. This experience has been as spiritual as one can find. I have considered him part of my spiritual life, growth and renewal each week. I have enjoyed the connection he has given each of us through the universal soul of the music he has chosen. Will will miss this journey he has allowed us to share. Aloha and mahalo from Hawaii.

Tribute to Richard Caldwell

Mr. Caldwell and his "With Heart and Voice" program were
unmatched in public radio broadcasting. Is there any
possible way to rebroadcast past programs? Doing so would
be such a fitting tribute to the Mr. Caldwell.

Thank you, Richard Gladwell

I am saddened to learn of Richard Gladwell's passing. As so many have already commented, "With Heart and Voice" has been a treasured time in our Sunday morning for many years. I intended to write him a fan letter, thanking him for his wonderful programs and for opening a world of music. Mr. Gladwell cannot be replaced, but I hope that his program will continue with a new host who shares his love of the music. My condolences to his family and friends.

Passing of Richard Gladwell


Sunday at 7:00 a.m. will never be the same.

Every Sunday I get up early to walk my dogs and make sure I get back in time to hear Richard's wonderful, friendly British accent and voice.

My wife gets up later, and we both especially loved the choral music. Sometimes it sounded as if angels were signing. Richard's knowledge and info between the pieces were very well done.

How blessed the Gladwell family was to have such a man in their family.

God bless Richard Galdwell, and I know he is hearing the actual chorus of Angels signing now.

Tom Miltenberger

Richard Gladwell

Today is Sunday, November 1st and it saddens me to have been awaken by the news of the passing of Mr. Richard Gladwell. I will miss him dearly as he had become my inspiration while driving to Galveston Island to attend Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church (27 miles away from my home). This was my private time to collect my thoughts before God and get ready to celebrate the Mass. He was and will continue to be an instrumental part of my life.

Novemi Leal

Richard Gladwell & With Heart and Voice

Invariably, my Sunday morning began at 6:AM with Richard.

While I never met him, he stirred my Heart and Soul with his broad selection of Music.

As a retired Church Musician I relished continually being
introduced to a new Organ or Choral piece with which I was not familier.

May he rest in Peace and the Choirs of Angels sing with him eternally.

Would listen to Heart and voice every Sunday morning

For the past several years I would listen to Heart and Voice every Sunday morning on Ohio radio station WOSU. It used to play used before Pipedreams until a few years ago when WOSU moved Pipedreams to 10 pm. Being a professional church organist Heart and Voice would provide new selections to use of Sunday morning worship. Richard will be missed.

Richard Gladwell was a treat

Richard Gladwell was a treat on Sunday morning. I forced my dog to wait for his walk until at least half of Richard was finished - always knowledgeable, always gracious, alway sintroducing me to something new. He will be sorely missed.

A Truly Class Act

I listen to Richard Gladwell on WUOL 90.5 in Louisville, KY, and was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a class act in an almost classless society. I will miss him very much and hope to hear his legacy carried on every Sunday Morning.

Richard Gladwell

Mr. Gladwell will be sorely missed by true music lovers, as well as all who knew him. I listened to him using headphones(to not wake my wife up) on Sundays at 6am on WMHT, and thoroughly enjoyed his music and his soft, friendly delivery. He was unlike every other classical radio announcer because he played organ and choral music never played anywhere else. And he was so knowledgable. You knew that he truly loved the music and was happy to share it. Even though I have a collection of about 25,000 records and tapes, I will say that 95% of what he played was unknown to me. His passing is a great loss. I do hope his collection of recordings will wind u[p in capable hands and that his work of disseminating great unknown music continues.

Richard Gladwell

I just heard this morning, Sunday 25 October, 2009, of the passing of Richard Gladwell. My Sunday mornings will no longer be the same without hearing his voice. The music he selected and his commentary were an education and an inspiration for me. My prayers go out for he and his family.

RIP Richard

For all the music, insight and pure joy, I thank you!

Thank you, Richard Gladwell

I am in tears this morning as I listent to With Heart and Voice. That's not unusual, for the show's music has touched my emotions many times over the years. But today the tears are for the passing of Richard Gladwell, with whom I have shared so many Sunday mornings. He was my friend and my musical mentor. I learned so much from Richard and came to share his passion for sacred choral and organ music. Thank you, Richard, and while I will miss you I will also remember you whenever I hear a beautiful piece.

Giving Thanks for Richard

I am deeply saddened to learn of Richard's passing, but I know the angelic choirs are blessed by his joining their praise. I always enjoyed Sunday mornings thanks to Richard's delightful discoveries of sacred choral and organ music, so it was a wonderful treat to get to meet him several years ago and then to get to enjoy visits with him and his lovely wife on subsequent occasions. I know everyone will miss him, but I will treasure the memories of time with him and his thoughtful generosity each time I listen to cd's and musical works that I know and enjoy thanks to him. I offer my thanksgiving and my continuing prayers for him and his family.

With Heart and Voice

I was so sad to hear of Richard's passing. I am hoping and praying that someone will please keep his program alive for all of us who have enjoyed this program for so very long.

A Voice may fall silent, but the Music continues for all time

I learned with great sadness of the passing of Richard. Having worked with him at WXXI in the early 1980s, I came to deeply appreciate this erudite and witty English expat who volunteered his time and talent to share his love and understanding of choral and organ music with a nationwide audience. Richard was truly an integral part -- an important voice! -- in the mission of public radio to help inspire and uplift listeners everywhere. In this he succeeded admirably, and I have no doubt that his voice even now joins those of the Choir Eternal in singing the music of eternity. Requiescat in pace, my friend.

I just heard the very sad new

I just heard the very sad new about Richard Gladwell's passing,I will miss hearing his voice on Sunday mornings, he was a very special person, my deepest condolences to his family.


It was my favorite program on public radio; and Richard's voice was soothing and reassuring, every Sunday morning. His insight was appreciated and refreshing...his selections were treasured, and I am distraught to learn of his passing. Heaven is being treated to quite a concert, I imagine. RIP, my friend...God bless your family during this time, and knowing you through sound waves made my weekends a little more special. You will be sorely missed....I can't imagine what I will ever hear that would come close to "With Heart & Voice"?....there will never be another substitute host.


With Heart and Voice woke me up too early on Sundays, but I was captivated. I listened on WFDD in NC. I could no longer hear the show on the radio after a move, though I heard it a few times on other stations or via internet. Richard responded to my emails so graciously and with his heart and voice, he taught me so much. I hope we can keep the archives of the show going.

A minister Richard Gladwell was

If I had been chosen to give a short homily, I would have referred to Richard Gladwell as a Music Minister. Besides attending my home church in the morning, I also attended a "church on the radio" in the evening. It was called With Heart and Voice. Although Richard Gladwell was the host, he was also a Minister in many ways. He was very spiritually uplifting with the program. I don't know if he knew that, but I don't think that I'm alone with these feelings.
Richard Gladwell, I know that someone will pick up the Holy Cross of Music and continue to carry it. BUT, NOBODY will ever be able to fill your shoes. You were indeed a Minister of Music and may you enjoy the great Music Department in Heaven with Christ our Lord.



mr gladwell

i only knew mr gladwell as a voice on the radio, but truely am envoius of those who could spend real time with him, he must have been fascinting to talk to for hours. i can only say i found his music selections powerful after working the midnight shift as they seemed to wash over me and yet fill me.

thank you mr gladwell.


Positions can be filled, but Richard can never be replaced, but it is important to keep this program going and make a cd set in his memory of some of his program.

Richard Gladwell

Of course, I enjoyed hearing With Heart and Voice whenever we were back in Rochester, but my memories of Richard go back to 1989 when I worked for over a year at the U of R on a sabbatical from Edinburgh Scotland. When I needed somewhere to lay my head for a few months at the end of my stay, Richard and Claire took me in. My memories then are of many evenings of laughter, music and good food cooked mainly by Richard. I also learned a lot about the hazards of being a Public Radio programme presenter! Claire and Richard have remained firm friends for us ever since, with visits in both directions across the Atlantic and lots of happy memories. Our last visit, just two weeks ago, was bitter sweet but we were glad to have been able to share a time with him while he still could joke about things past - and of course, he did. We shall all miss him more than we realise. Thank you, Richard, time for a rest.
Brian and Sarah

With Heart and Voice

I listened to Richard's show for many years when I lived in Houston, St. Paul, and now Chicago. As I result, I have a great appreciation for classical music. I never met Richard, but by listening to his show, you knew there was no one like him. Listening to him and his music was very peaceful.
God Bless You, Richard.