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Come On Copland

This Sunday (29th April), at Sung Eucharist, All Saints Fulham Choir will sing an arrangement of At The River written by American poet and gospel music composer Robert Lowry (1826-1899) with music by American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990).

Shall we gather by the river,
Where bright angel’s feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland’s Lithuanian-born parents emigrated from Russia to the United States. His mother encouraged her children in their music lessons and by the age of 15, Aaron had decided to become a composer. He spent 3 years in France at the Fontainebleau School of Music studying under Nadia Boulanger.

American television network, PBS call Copland “one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century”. He wrote symphonies and fanfares and was laden with awards throughout his lifetime. He also wrote 6 ballets, winning the Pulitzer Prize in composition for Appalachian Spring.

He wrote several film scores and received Academy Award nominations for Of Mice and Men (1939), Our Town (1940), and The North Star (1943) and he won the Oscar for the film The Heiress starring Olivia de Havilland (Gone With the Wind) and Montgomery Clift (From Here to Eternity).


A performance of “At the river” (arranged by Aaron Copland), sung by american mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos at the Richard Tucker Gala 1992. James Conlon is conducting.

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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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