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Singing Dyson

After a lot of music to celebrate All Saints Day last week, the Choir will not be singing on Sunday morning. In fact, the men have the day off so it will just be the women of The Choir singing Choral Evensong on Sunday 6th November. Both the anthem and the canticles will be from Yorkshire-born composer Sir George Dyson (1883–1964).

As a teenager, Dyson gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. In 1904, he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship, an award for young composers travel abroad, and Stanford encouraged him to go to Italy; he also visited Vienna and Berlin where he met many of the leading musicians of the day, including Richard Strauss and Arthur Nikisch.

He served in the trenches during World War 1 and was sent home injured in 1916. After the war, he worked in several schools as a music teacher including Rugby, Wellington College, and Winchester College but in 1937, he became the first college-trained musician to become Director of the Royal College of Music. He received a knighthood in 1941 and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1953.

The canticles for Choral Evensong are the Evening Service in C Minor and the anthem is I will worship for which Dyson took his lyrics from Psalm 138.

I will worship toward thy holy temple and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and truth.
All the earth shall praise thee, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord, that great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high yet hath respect unto the lowly; though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet thou shall refresh me and thy right hand shall hold me.

The video is of the Choir of the Church of the Redeemer singing I will Worship; http://www.RedeemerMorristown.org

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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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