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A Wesley End of Term

All Saints Fulham Choir at the Music by the Bridge concert by Lucy Shaw

It’s the final day of the choir term on Sunday 15th July.

At Choral Evensong, All Saints Fulham Choir will sing Ascribe unto the Lord by English organist and composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876).

Samuel Sebastian was the grandson of famed hymn writer and founding father of the Methodist Church Charles Wesley.

He was also the 4th child of organist and composer Samuel Wesley who gave his son the middle name Sebastian as a tribute to Bach.

Wesley was a chorister of the Chapel Royal from the age of 7. After his voice broke, he worked as pianist and conductor at the English Opera House at the Adelphi Theatre.

He was appointed organist at Hereford Cathedral in 1832. This was the first of a series of cathedral appointments. He moved to Exeter Cathedral in 1835, and then onto Leeds Parish Church (from 1842), Winchester Cathedral (from 1849) and Gloucester Cathedral from 1865 until his death in 1876 from nephritis.

It was while Wesley was at Winchester Cathedral in 1851 that he wrote Ascribe unto the Lord. The words are taken from Psalms 96 and 115.

The video below is the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral singing Ascribe unto the Lord directed by John Scott with Huw Williams playing organ.

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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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