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Canticles for Lent: Howells

Photograph by Alexa Kidd May

On Sunday 22 February, All Saints Fulham Choir sang a fantastic setting of the canticles – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Collegium Regale) – written in 1945 by English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983). Collegium Regale means that it is dedicated to King’s College, Cambridge.

He also wrote the music for the other church services for the College – canticles for matins and ordinary mass of Holy Communion as well as a set of evensong canticles for St John’s College, Cambridge and other churches.

His ashes are buried in the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey near Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Charles Villers Stanford.

The video is the Magnificat (Collegium Regale) by Herbert Howells performed by St Alban’s Church Choir, Bristol; organist: Simon Hogan and conducted by Nigel Walton.


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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