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Christmas in Fulham: Nine Lessons and Carols

On Sunday 16th December, Choral Evensong service is replaced by a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6pm

fulham palace

Picture by Edwin1710 (flickr)

To begin the service, the Choir will sing Nesciens Mater, an 8-part motet composed by Jean Mouton (1459-1522), the French Renaissance composer.

Mouton was part of the French Court under Queen Anne of Brittany, then Francis I. It is thought he accompanied Francis I to the famous summit with Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.

His most famous pupil was Adrian Willaert who founded the Venetian School of composers.

Nesciens Mater

Nesciens mater virgo virum peperit
sine dolore Salvatorem saeculorum,
ipsum regem angelorum,
sola virgo lactabat
ubere de caelo pleno.

English translation
Without knowing man, the virgin mother gave birth
without pain to the savior of the ages;
the virgin alone,
whose breasts were filled by heaven,
gave suck to this same king of angels.


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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