All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing an introit by the English baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) on Sunday 3 March at Sung Eucharist.
Purcell came from a musical family. Both his father and elder brother were musicians under Charles II. He became a court-appointed composer and wrote numerous works for royal occasions including the coronation of James II (I was glad and My heart is inditing) and the coronation of William and Mary.
He also wrote several pieces for the funeral of Queen Mary and these were played at Purcell’s own funeral just a few months later.
Purcell is buried in the north aisle of the choir at Westminster Abbey. There’s a memorial stone nearby which reads
“Here lies Henry Purcell, Esq; who left this Place, and is gone to that Blessed Place where only his Harmony can be exceeded”
The audio is The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers.