Born at Balham, Surrey, on 12 October 1880, James Healey Willan's lifelong association with the Anglican Church began with the musical education he received between 1889 and 1895 at St. Saviour's Choir School, Eastbourne, under the influence of the choirmaster and organist Walter Hay Sangster.
By now Willan had embarked upon what might be called
the English phase of his career as a church organist: St. Saviour's, St. Albans (1897-1900); Christ Church, Wanstead, London (1900-03); and St. John the Baptist, Holland Park, London (1903-13). During his time at St. John the Baptist he gained a reputation as an authority on plainsong in English and had several of his organ works published by Novello.
In 1913 Willan emigrated to Canada to become head of the Toronto Conservatory's Theory Department. Shortly after arriving in this country he accepted the position of organist and choirmaster at the new St. Paul's Church, Bloor Street, an enormous edifice opened for public worship in November 1913. In 1921 he became music director at St. Mary Magdalene, Manning Avenue, a position he held until his death forty-seven years later.
I have used Augustine's sample for this piece;
Complete Fugal Trilogy here;
Music on IMSLP here;
For a deeper understanding of Willan's music please read this;