On Sunday 23 June, All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). The piece will be sung throughout the 9.30am Eucharist.
2013 is the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth, and the music world is celebrating under the banner of Britten 100. http://www.britten100.org/home.
Rejoice in the Lamb is a 17-minute piece. It was composed in 1943. Britten used words from the poem Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart (1722-1771). Smart wrote his 1,200-line poem while he was in an insane asylum in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethnal Green.
During the service, the first chorus will be sung as the introit. The soprano, alto and tenor solos will be sung instead of the psalm. The remaining choruses and bass solo will be sung during communion.