On Sunday 16th June, the Men of All Saints Fulham Choir will sing both at Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong without their female counterparts. In the morning, the men will sing an anthem by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) – Hear the voice and prayer.
Tallis took the lyrics to the piece from the 2nd Book of Chronicles in the Old Testament.
Hear the voice and prayer of thy servants,
that they make before thee this day.
That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day,
ever toward this place, of which thou hast said:
“My Name shall be there.”
And when thou hearest have mercy on them.
Tallis worked at Canterbury Cathedral and was Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1543. He composed and performed music for all the Tudor monarchs (Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I.