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Advent Carol Service: Unfolds to Light

All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing an incredible amount of music for a special Advent Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 2 December at All Saints Church Fulham.

After singing Herbert Howells’ Requiem for Remembrance Sunday, the Choir will sing another Howells piece during this Service.

A Spotless Rose was composed by Howells in 1918. He dedicated it to his mother. The lyrics are from a German hymn – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. Howells took his lyrics from an English translation by Catherine Winkworth.

A Spotless Rose is blowing,
Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers’ foreshowing,
Of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light
Amid the cold, cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.

The Rose which I am singing,
Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing
In Mary, purest Maid;
For through God’s great love and might
The Blessed Babe she bare us
In a cold, cold winter’s night

The video is the Choir of King’s College Cambridge.


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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