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Kohima and Exhortation

All Saints Fulham Choir will sing a work by John Tavener – Kohima and Exhortation, to commemorate Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 11th November.

Commissioned by the Royal British Legion for the Festival of Remembrance in 2003, Tavener set to music the words which are read at every Festival.

When you go home tell them of us, and say;
for your tomorrow we gave our today

Kohima is a town in the north of India. It was the site of a battle in 1944 between the Allied and Japanese forces. The Battle of Kohima is thought to have been the turning point for the Allied forces in the Burma campaign. There is a cemetery on the battle site for the Allied forces and carved on the memorial to the 2nd British Division of the Army who fought in the campaign were the words above. It is thought that the lines were written by John Maxwell Edmonds and came from Inscriptions Suggested for War Memorials, published in 1919.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The Exhortation is the fourth verse of the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon. The full poem was published by The Times newspaper in September 1914 to address the outbreak of World War I.

Click the link below to hear a clip of the piece

The Choir will sing the Kohima as an introit at the beginning of the service. They will then sing the Exhortation as the congregation gathers at the War Memorial in the churchyard.


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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