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Remembrance Sunday: Howells’ Requiem

A Cross of Candles formed at the Mass of Remembrance at All Saints Church Fulham by ©Shirley Mukisa

For Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 11th November 2012, instead of Choral Evensong, there will be a special service for the bereaved, when we pray by name for loved ones who have died.

This year All Saints Fulham Choir will sing Herbert Howells’ Requiem.

It is thought that the piece was written in 1932 and intended for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge. However, Howells never submitted it to them and it apparently became inextricably linked to the death of Howells’ only son, Michael, at the age of 9, in 1936.

Howells kept the Requiem private for many years, only releasing the piece for publication in 1980 a few years before his death in 1983.

There are 6 movements in this Requiem

Salvator mundi (O Saviour of the World);
Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd
Requiem aeternam (1);
Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes to the hills
Requiem aeternam (2);
I heard a voice from heaven

The Choir will sing the first 3 and the final one.

The video is of Imperial College Chamber Choir singing Salvator Mundi, the 1st movement.


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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