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Men’s Week: Lord God of Abraham

The Men of All Saints Fulham Choir in Exeter Cathedral by Shirley Mukisa

The Men of All Saints Fulham Choir in Exeter Cathedral by Shirley Mukisa

Commissioned by the Birmingham Festival of 1846, Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah is one of the great works of the 19th century.

Mendelssohn was paid 200 guineas to attend and conduct Elijah’s premiere. After the festival, the organising committee passed a resolution stating,
“…their very cordial and grateful thanks to Dr Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy for a composition in which the most consummate musical knowledge and highest intellectual conceptions are displayed.”

Jonathan, our director of music, was inspired by Elijah when he was searching for pieces for Men’s week at All Saints Church Choir. He composed a 4-part version (TTBB) of one of the bass arias. He chose No.14 – Lord God of Abraham. In this aria, Elijah is calling to God so that he can show the Israelites the error of their Baal-worshipping ways.

Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, this day let it be known that Thou art God, and that I am Thy servant!
Lord God of Abraham! Oh show to all this people that I have done these things according to Thy word. Oh hear me, Lord, and answer me!
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, oh hear me and answer me, and show this people that Thou art Lord God. And let their hearts again be turned!

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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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