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Elgar in the Evening

On Sunday 16th October, The Choir sang Give Unto the Lord (op.74) by Sir Edward Elgar at Choral Evensong at All Saints Church Fulham.

Edward Elgar

This anthem was first performed in 1914 at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Sons of the Clergy. This charity formed in 1655 to provide support to members of the clergy and their families who had been persecuted or left destitute during the tenure of Oliver Cromwell.

Each year since 1655, Sons of the Clergy holds a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a dinner at Merchant Taylor’s Hall. The 2011 festival took place on Tuesday 17th May with a sermon from the Archbishop of Wales, Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan.

Elgar took the words of his anthem Give Unto the Lord from Psalm 29 in the King James Version of the Bible.

Give unto the Lord O ye mighty,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
The God of glory thundereth, it is the Lord that ruleth the sea;
The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty;
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars,
Yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
Yea, the voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire,
Yea, the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness, and strippeth the forests bare.
In His temple doth every one speak of His glory.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The Lord sitteth above the waterflood; and the Lord remaineth a King for ever;
The Lord shall give strength unto His people;
the Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace.


About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.


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