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Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa

The Choir of All Saints Fulham Choir by Alexa Kidd May

The Choir of All Saints Fulham Choir by Alexa Kidd May

There’s going to be a feast of music this Harvest Festival (Sunday 6th October) at All Saints Fulham Church. At the 9.30am Sung Eucharist, the Parish Choir will sing Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa by South African composer Peter Klatzow.

Born in Transvaal, he came on a scholarship to London to study at the Royal College of Music in the 1960s. He also studied in Florence, and in Paris under Nadia Boulanger.

For Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa, Klatzow took words from a prayer in An African Prayer Book compiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and set it to music. The piece was commissioned by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in 1996.

The third movement is a prayer from Ghana called Cover me with the Night

Come, Lord, and cover me with the night.
Spread your grace over us
As you assured us you would do.
Your promises are more than all the stars in the sky;
your mercy is deeper than the night.

Lord, it will be cold.
The night comes with its breath of death.
Night comes; the end comes; you come.
Lord, we wait for you day and night.
—from an African Prayer Book, Desmond Tutu (editor)

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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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