On Sunday 23rd September, the women of All Saints Fulham Choir will sing part of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
He was musical director of the New York Philharmonic from 1958-1969 and then he made frequent guest appearances with the orchestra as their Laureate Conductor. He also conducted the Israel Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic.
He composed many original works including 3 symphonies, a Mass, music for piano as well as scores for ballets, operas, and musicals.
“The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another. . .and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world”
Arguably, Bernstein became the most popular conductor in the United States through his televised “Young People’s Concerts” with the New York Philharomonic which ran for 14 years. Through these 53 concerts, a generation were introduced to classical music.
Bernstein was commissioned to compose a piece for the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival which took place in Chichester Cathedral in 1965. The women will sing part of the 2nd movement, whose words are Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd.