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Palm Sunday: Hosanna to the Son of David

The All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing at Sung Eucharist on Sunday 13th April at All Saints Church Fulham. As it is Palm Sunday, there will be a recreation of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

The service begins at St Mary’s Church Putney, on the opposite side of the River Thames, with a Gospel reading. The Choir, congregation and clergy, will then be led by a donkey from the local sanctuary, back across Putney Bridge to All Saints Church Fulham.

All Saints Fulham Choir walking across Putney Bridge on Palm Sunday

All Saints Fulham Choir walking across Putney Bridge on Palm Sunday

As the anthem, the Choir will sing during the service is Hosanna to the Son of David by the English composer Thomas Weelkes (c1576-1623).

Hosanna to the Son of David.
Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, thou that sittest in the highest heavens.
Hosanna in excelsis Deo

Weelkes was appointed organist of Winchester College in 1598; he moved to Chichester Cathedral in 1601/2. He was ‘noted and famed for a comon drunckard (sic) and notorious swearer & blasphemer’.

In fact, Weelkes was dismissed for being drunk at the organ and using bad language during a service. He was however reinstated and remained in the post until his death. He is buried at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge sings Hosanna to the Son of David. Conductor Stephen Cleobury.


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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