All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing an anthem by the English baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) on Sunday 14 September at Choral Evensong.
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 – sung by the Choir at last Sunday’s Choral Evensong – 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 video is St Mark’s Choir Fitzroy from Melbourne, Australia.