The Choir will be singing at Sung Eucharist on 11th March at All Saints Church Fulham for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.
The anthem during the service will be Beati Quorum Via by Charles Villers Stanford (1852-1924). The unaccompanied work for six parts – SSATBB – is the third piece in Three motets, Op.38 which Stanford published in 1905. The motets are dedicated to Alan Gray, Stanford’s successor as Director of Music at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Beati Quorum Via
Beati quorum via integra est:
Qui ambulant in lege Domini.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Born in Dublin, Stanford lived in London most of his adult life but travelled to Germany after university to study music under two of the leading teachers of his day: Carl Reinecke in Leipzig and Friedrich Kiel in Berlin.
He composed a large amount of music and not just for choirs; he wrote operas, symphonies, orchestral works as well as music for piano and organ. He was knighted in 1902 by Edward VII and his ashes are buried at Westminster Abbey in the north choir aisle next to Henry Purcell.
The video is The Choir of Westminster Abbey sing the anthem Beati Quorum Via as church leaders take their seats before a service of Evening Prayer for Pope Benedict.