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All You Big Things, Praise the Lord

There’s going to be a feast of music this Harvest Festival (Sunday 7th October) at All Saints Fulham Church.

At the 9.30am Sung Eucharist, the Parish Choir will sing a movement from Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa by South African composer Peter Klatzow.

Born in Transvaal, he came on a scholarship to London to study at the Royal College of Music in the 1960s.

He also studied in Florence, and in Paris under Nadia Boulanger.

For Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa, Klatzow took words from a prayer in An African Prayer Book compiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and set it to music.

The piece was commissioned by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in 1996.

Sunrise over Lake Victoria by Shirley Mukisa

All you big things, bless the Lord.
Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria,
The Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain,
Fat baobobs and shady mango trees,
All eucalyptus and tamarind trees,
Bless the Lord.
Praise and extol Him for ever and ever.

All you tiny things, bless the Lord.
Busy black ants and hopping fleas,
Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae,
Flying locusts and water drops,
Pollen dust and tsetse flies,
Millet seeds and dried dagaa,
Bless the Lord.
Praise and extol Him for ever and ever.

Hear a snippet of the piece on the link below.
Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa by Peter Klatzow

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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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