I think the music director at my church was trying to murder the choir this morning. ;-)

Nov 22, 2015, 10:51 PM

My church choir had to sing Benjamin Britten's Festival Te Deum today. It starts out sounding deceptively easy, and then it gets abso-bloomin'-lutely brutal! I'm surprised the poor choir didn't collapse from exhaustion in the process of having to sing this behemoth! They did a really good job of it, as you will hear if you would care to listen. The words are as follows: We praise Thee, O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting. To Thee all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein, to Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory. The glorious company of the apostles praise Thee; the goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee; the noble army of martyrs praise Thee, the holy church throughout all the world doth acknowledge Thee to be the Lord, the Father of an infinite majesty, Thine honourable true and only Son, also the Holy Ghost the comforter. Thou art the king of glory, O Christ; Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man, Thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb: when Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father. We believe that Thou shalt come to be our judge. We therefore pray Thee help Thy servants, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy most precious blood. Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting. O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine heritage; govern them and lift them up forever. Day by day we magnify Thee and we worship Thy name, ever world without end. Vouchsafe, O Lord to keep us this day without sin. Have mercy upon us. O Lord, let Thy mercy lighten upon us as our trust is in Thee; O Lord in Thee have I trusted, let me never be confounded. #anthems #Britten #choir #church #music