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A Birthday Gift for Pentecost

Pentecost by Lawrence OP (Flickr)

As it’s Pentecost this Sunday, the All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing a full mass setting at the 9.30am Eucharist.

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday. The Church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit and so Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Church.

To celebrate, the Choir will be singing the Truro Eucharist by English composer David Briggs.

Briggs is an internationally renown organist who studied under Jean Langlais. He has been Organist and Master of Choristers at both Gloucester and Truro Cathedrals.

He made his debut at the BBC Proms on 2010 as part of “Bach Day”. Briggs is currently based in Massachusetts, USA but is Organist Emeritus at Gloucester and gives regular masterclasses in the UK.

In the video below, Robert Sharpe, Organist and Director of Music, leads the Choir of Truro Cathedral, and Organist Christopher Gray in a performance of the Truro Eucharist.

Intriguingly, the composer himself describes the last movement as

“a lush, accompanied 8-part setting maybe rather like Richard Strauss on vacation in Paris!”

Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments.


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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