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Nine Lessons and Carols in Fulham

The Choir will be singing in the Nine Lessons and Carols Service at 6pm on Sunday 18th December at All Saints Church Fulham. Among the anthems the Choir will sing is A Hymn to the Mother of God by British composer, Sir John Tavener.

John Tavener (Wikipedia)

A classmate of John Rutter at Highgate School, Tavener studied Music at the Royal Academy of Music and later taught at Trinity College of Music. His first major work was The Whale performed at the debut concert of the London Sinfonietta in 1968.

A Hymn to the Mother of God was first performed in 1985 by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral, conducted by Martin Neary. The work is for double choir and the text is taken from the the Orthodox tradition of the church, the Liturgy of St Basil. Tavener dedicates the work to his late mother.

In You, O Woman full of Grace, the angelic choirs, and the human race all creation rejoices!
O sanctified Temple, mystical Paradise, and glory of Virgins.
In You, O Woman full of Grace, all creation rejoices. All praise be to You!

This recording is A Hymn to the Mother of God performed by Harry Christopher and the Sixteen.


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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