On Remembrance Sunday – Sunday 9 November – The Choir will begin Sung Eucharist with the introit For the Fallen at All Saints Church Fulham.
In 1971, Yorkshire-born Douglas Guest (1916-1996) set to music the final verse of the famous World War One poem For the Fallen by English poet Lawrence Binyon.
Guest himself had first-hand experience of war, he served as a Major in the Royal Artillery during World War Two.
Guest wrote the motet for the Choir of Westminster Abbey where he was Organist and Master of Choristers between 1963 and 1981.
After he retired from the Abbey, he was awarded the title of ‘Organist Emeritus’.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey sing For The Fallen, at a service in the Abbey to commemorate the passing of the last British veterans of World War One in 2009.